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Tata Steel Jyoti Fellowship awarded to 352 meritorious ST/SC Students in Kalinganagar

Kalinganagar, February 11, 2016

To support the education of underprivileged Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students, Tribal Cultural Society (TCS), a society promoted by Tata Steel, awarded Jyoti Fellowship to meritorious students of Kalinganagar on February 10, 2016.

352 students from different schools and colleges located in Kalinganagar area received the fellowship in a function organized at Danagadi Bhawan. Mr Pritiranjan Ghadai, Hon’ble MLA, Sukinda, Mrs Lalita Ray, Chairman, Danagadi Block, Mr Prasanta Mallick, GM (Corporate Services), Kalinganagar Steel Plant and Mr Ambika Prasad Nanda, Head, CSR (Odisha), Tata Steel joined as guests and awarded the fellowship.

Also present on the occasion were Ms Shanta Sinha, winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award and Founder of MV Foundation, Mr Deep Joshi, winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award, Director of Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) and co-founder of PRADAN, a well-known NGO, Padmashri Dr. Tulasi Munda, a noted social activist in Odisha, Mr Joe Madiath, Founder of Gram Vikas, a well-known NGO based in Odisha, Prof. Trilochan Shastry, former dean, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Mr Amitabha Sarangi, Founder and CEO of International Development Enterprises (India) & Mr Biren Ramesh Bhuta, Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Tata Steel.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ghadai appreciated the efforts of Tata Steel in encouraging the future generation to pursue education through Jyoti Fellowship. The awardees included one student pursuing B.Tech., 11 undergraduates, 108 high school students and 232 school students from Standard VIII to X. The top six winning students of Fellowship written exam were awarded tabs.

This year’s fellowship included cash, tablets, certificates and wrist watches (only for Standard 8 th students). The cash amount of the fellowship was Rs 3,750 (Class VIII), Rs 4,500 (Class IX), Rs 4,500 (Class X), Rs 8,500 (Intermediate), Rs 8,500 (Undergraduate), Rs 10,000 (Diploma) and Rs 25,000 (B. Tech) per annum. Cash awards and certificates of merit were given to all of them on the occasion.

This is for the 5th consecutive year that the fellowship was awarded to students in Kalinganagar. So far, 1322 students have benefitted from Jyoti Fellowship. While 141 High School students were awarded the fellowship in 2011-12, 197 High School students were awarded the fellowship in the subsequent year. The fellowship was awarded to 272 students in 2013-14 and 360 students in 2014-15.
Till 2012-13, only High School students were given this fellowship. However, from 2013-14 onwards, students of +2 and +3 classes are also being given the fellowship.

About Tata Steel
Established in 1907 as Asia's first integrated private sector steel company, Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of nearly 30 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA). It is now the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Tata Steel Group, with a turnover of US$ 22.32 billion in FY 15, has over 80,000 employees across five continents and is a Fortune 500 company. The Group’s vision is to be the world’s steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, its innovative approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. In 2008, Tata Steel India became the first integrated steel plant in the world, outside Japan, to be awarded the Deming Application Prize 2008 for excellence in Total Quality Management. In 2012, Tata Steel became the first integrated steel company in the world, outside Japan, to win the Deming Grand Prize 2012 instituted by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.

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