JAMMU, Dec 1: A seven-day scholarship carnival was launched today by Harbans Bhalla Educational Trust (HBET)for 500 students from rural areas.
More than 80 percent of the students are girls from economically weak families.
Besides scholarships, the children will also get free medical and eye checkups. Counselling will be conducted for the students and their parents. The students’ will also participate in the academic tests.
New prospective students from classes 1st to 3rd will also participate in selection tests for the next academic year.
The chief guest, Neelam Saini, a prominent Police Officer, Dr SP Sharma, an Ophthalmologist, Dr Ashok Chanyal, a Physician and long time supporters of HBET distributed the scholarships and impressed upon the children that they are getting an opportunity to achieve excellence in their education to carve out a bright future for themselves.
He appreciated the efforts of HBET to promote education of girls, particularly those who live in the slums and in the rural areas.
The Managing Trustee said that the scholarships will be distributed to 500 students over the next 7 days. Over 80 students will be coming daily for the programme.
HBET has been awarding scholarships since 1997 and the number of children helped every year has grown from 12 initially to 500 children.
HBET aims to cover as many rural children as possible in Jammu region such as the areas like Hiranagar, Chak, Chakrohi, Arnia, Rattian, Doomi, Gajansoo, RS Pura, Birpur, Rehian, Jourian, Dansal, Kangrail, Gurah Slathia, Ghou Manhasan and Saruinsar.
Families of financially weak girl children from 1st to 3rd classes can apply to the Trust for scholarship.
The Trust only accepts the students studying in Government schools.