SKF lends a helping hand to 40 meritorious girl students from Marathwada region

Pune, August 21, 2017: SKF India today awarded Udaan Scholarship to 40 meritorious girl students of Marathwada region at a ceremony held at Yashada Auditorium in Pune.

Udaan scholarship program aims to supportdeserving girls from economically weaker sections, to attain higher education throughcomplete financial aid. The program will cover all expenses required to complete theprofessional course of their choice. 

Theinitiative is aimed at removing financial barriers for the meritorious girls,enabling them to realize a bright future. Various initiatives for personality,holistic development and career guidance are also included in this program.UDAAN will be a stepping stone for young girls with a strong will to pursuehigher education. 

Mr.Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director and Country Head, SKF India said “An educated, confidentand independent girl can lay the foundation of a stronger family and a strongernation. UDAAN is an initiative to help young deserving girls in achieving theirpotentials and dreams”. 

Sharingher views on the initiative, renowned activist, Dr. Razia Patel said, “I laud SKF’s initiative forbetterment of girl education especially from economically weaker section of thesociety. This initiative will give these girls a sense of confidence whichwould further help them develop into a better human being. SKF has provided avery good platform and I urge all the girls to work hard and make the most ofit. Education will give  these girls a new hope and wings to fly high andmake mark.” 

Adding toit Mr. Shrikant Savangikar, Director – CSR, Quality & Sustainabilityat SKF India said, “Marathwada is one of the most drought proneregion of the state, the financial crisis impacts the education of manymeritorious girls. UDAAN program is our endeavor to give a platform to suchneedy meritorious students to study, build their career and contribute in thedevelopment of the region further”. 

The girlstudents and their family members attended this ceremony in the presence of Dr.Sayali Gankar Director - MIT School of Management; Dr, Razia Patel,Educationist & Social Activist and dignitaries from SKF India Board. 

The programis implemented by SKF’s implementation partner – FUEL, an NGO that has beenworking in this field over years. Candidates scoring more than 85% marks in2017 SSC board examination with a family income less than 2.5 Lakhs annuallyare selected to draw benefits from this program.  A merit based selectionprocess along with personal interview has been the base of this selectionprocess.

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