Tata Steel Foundation helping dreams come true

Tribal boy Surendra Hansda from Sukinda on his way to become a doctor

TSF’s Jyoti Fellowship scholar Surendra pursues MBBS at SCB Medical College

Kalinganagar, December 31, 2022: Surendra Hansada, born in Giridharidahi village of Lembhu panchayat under Sukinda block to humble parents, farmer Rupei Hansda and Duli Hansda, had the aspiration and always dreamt of becoming a doctor while studying in the school. Unfortunately, financial constraints in his family were an obstacle to realizing his dream.

However, the serious scholar in him did not lose hope. He focused on his studies. Then, the Tata Steel Foundation (TSF) came in and, through its Jyoti fellowship program and a scholarship, supported Surendra’s education from Class 8 to 12. Finally, his perseverance bore fruit when Surendra overcame all odds to crack the medical entrance exam. Recently, he has been studying MBBS (UG) at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. He has also been provided with financial assistance during his admission into the medical college.

Speaking on his journey, Surendra says,” The Tata Steel Foundation has played a vital role throughout my educational journey. I have been encouraged by the team from the Tata Steel Foundation since my school days through Jyoti fellowship. The fellowship facilitated me to fulfil my dream. I believe it will inspire other children from our area to work hard and succeed in career goals.”

The Jyoti Fellowship from the Tata Steel Foundation (TSF) provides students with the best opportunity to complete their further education without taking the burden of financial issues. The Jyoti Fellowship supports the education of economically disadvantaged students from the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) of class VII and above. During the current year, a total of 538 meritorious students from economically weaker SC/ST families were awarded the fellowship. Around Rs 67 lakhs were disbursed this year as part of the fellowship grant. Apart from this, 39 top students were also presented with tablets to facilitate their studies.

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