Sakhawat Centre, a Srinagar based NGO, distributed Rs 3 lakhs through 102 merit-cum-means scholarships to students of Srinagar district on Thursday at Iqbal Memorial Institute Bemina.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Sakhawat Centre Dr Yusuf-Ul-Omer encouraged scholars and said,
“We want you to lead our nation. We want you to cultivate sense of social services within you besides your career goals. “
In total Rs 1 crore and 80 lakhs have been budgeted for 2000 merit cum means scholarships for all 22 districts of the state which shall be distributed over period of time.
Out of 2000 scholarships, 1500 will be given to students from Kashmir valley and 500 to Jammu.
Many organizations contributed to the scholarship funds of the Sakhawat centre and lead has been taken by Vodafone India.
The Vodafone India handed over a cheque of Rs 6.7 lakh to Sakhawat centre on Thursday. Vodafone raised this amount by donating 1 paisa out of every call or recharge and Rs 5 out of every new SIM Card activation in Kashmir province during the entire month of Ramdhan starting from June 19, 2015.
Sharing his thoughts on the initiative, Pushpinder S Gujral, Business Head Vodafone J&K, said: “Vodafone always works towards being a meaningful member of the society and tries to contribute to its development.”