PUNE: The underprivileged students of the College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) received financial aid from Resourceful Education Foundation (REF).
They have received financial aid of Rs 14,58,750 from REF recently at the college campus. Assistant Professor (Biology), Applied Science Department Mahesh Shindikar received the cheque, which was presented by REF’s Jayvant Pawar.
“I am glad to see 20 intelligent, promising and deserving students receive financial aid for their further education,” said Shindikar.
“We have students, who enrol for BTech and MTech programmes. The enrollment is for four years. At CoEP, we identified deserving students in the first year adopting a single-window system. We screen the underprivileged students and identified their requirements. We have corporates, which extend their support to them under corporate social responsibility activities,” said Shindikar.
“The financial aid will reduce their burden and a major portion of their financial issues will get resolved through this scholarship. This is a tremendous boost for these students,” added Shindikar.
BTech student Mamta Wankhade’s father is a farmer and mother a housewife. She faced hardships in getting her education. Her hostel fee is Rs 9,500 and college fee is Rs 30,000.
“I felt a huge relief, as my father was struggling to make ends meet. Farming was not productive and we faced a lot of problems. Now, I am pleased to see my parents burden lightened,” she said.
“My father was worried about my fee, which was Rs 90,000 and recently, I lost my grandmother due to illness and her hospitalisation took a toll on our finances. This fund will help me continue my education,” said Sanket Khaire.
Associate Dean (Student Affairs) PR Dhamangaonkar said, “The students, who get admission to CoEP, come from all corners of Maharashtra and most of them are from a very low-income group. Due to this, at times, meritorious students leave in between. In such situations, it is necessary to support the needy and meritorious students.”