My Himachal Allocates HOPE Scholarships

Shimla: My Himachal, a US based non-profit organization, announced grant of HOPE Scholarships to 81 students of Himachal Pradesh studying in various recognised schools of the state. The grant amount is based on government school fee structure.

lalpani-0511Director Education Dr. O.P. Sharma, today bestowed a scholarship cheque of Rs 2000/- to Akhil Negi S/o Shri Shiv Kumar at Government Senior Secondary School (Lalpani), Shimla and formally launched the HOPE scholarship grant for meritorious and deserving students of Himachal Pradesh.

Akhil scored 83% in 8th standard from H.P. Board of School Education and is presently studying in 9th class.

Speaking over the occasion Dr. Sharma congratulated Akhil, who aspires to become a doctor, and all other eighty-one HOPE beneficiary students and said that such scholarships prove as an encouragement to the students to perform better with some help to their family.

He appreciated the effort of My Himachal team in bringing out HOPE Scholarship this year and gave his best wishes for the effort in coming years as well.

With an objective of encouraging and rewarding merit of deserving students, My Himachal members (consisting of globally re-located Himachal residents) have come together and contributed to giving out these scholarships to studentsDue to paucity of time and advanced stage of the academic session in schools, the procedure for inviting applications had limited reach, this year.

In all, 205 applications were received for the My Himachal HOPE scholarship program.

Eighty-one (81) students were selected on merit-cum-means basis by My Himachal Team consisting of Anil Chandel (Maryland), Vinay Jamwal and Anuj Butail (California), among whom there are 44 girls and 37 boys of various classes from 1st standard to Senior Secondary classes of all different streams with a varying scholarship amount of ranging from Rs. 554 to maximum Rs. 3932.

The heads of institutions of the students selected for the scholarship have been informed separately and the process of handing over the grant amount to beneficiary students is on.

The total scholarship for all the students amounts to Rs. 1,43,225/- ($4000).

The methodology for selecting the candidates for the scholarship did consider the criteria of merit and means. The parameters for it were developed by the My Himachal team.

Parameters for determining merit were arrived at by considering marks obtained in the previous class, participation in extra-curricular, community and social service activities.

For arriving at a fair value of means, family income during last financial year, family size, BPL/IRDP family status and other factors that affect the means available to an applicant to continue their education in the current class were considered.

Mr. Avnish Katoch, president My Himachal and Dr. Des Kashyap General Secretary My Himachal have thanked all My Himachal members for contributing towards the scholarship initiative.

Other initiatives of My Himachal include sponsoring health camps in remote areas of the state.

For the 4th consecutive year My Himachal in June 2008 conducted its annual Health Mela in Kullu, where medical specialists and other staff of the Jibhi CHAI (Part of Lady Willingdon Hospital (LWH) Manali) project did free health check ups of residents living in remote regions of Upper Banjar Valley and distributed medicines.

My Himachal was recently awarded for its non profit work by World’s second largest NGO, Project Concern International in US.

Another initiative was in collaboration with SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, under which between March – June 2008, My Himachal got two studies conducted about ‘Plan for revival of the traditional Kullu Shawl Industry‘ and ‘IT Infrastructural Study- Himachal Pradesh.

The reports of these studies have been shared with the Government of Himachal Pradesh for being acted up.

Principal of GBSSS, Lalpani, Mr. R.C. Ranagra, Mr. Ravinder Makhaik, My Himachal Advisor, Ms. Disha Singh, My Himachal Representative along with school staff were present on the occasion.

Raised in Shimla and originally from Mandi district, Disha wears many caps which includes being part of a lead team of a fast growing IT company based out of Chandigarh. Earlier Disha was associated with My Himachal and visits Shimla regularly.

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  1. says: Des Kashyap

    There could not be any way better than starting it in my school…Great job done team. Thank you very much Ravinder ji for putting so efforts into making this happen. Thanks Disha for all your efforts too. I would like to congratulate and thank all my fellow My Himachal members on this occasion. Way to go………………………………………….We Strive for Our State…

  2. says: Rakesh Kumar Sharma

    I appreciate myhimachal for this initiative and beginning from one of the oldest schools of Shimla. Despite being a premier institution in government sector, VIPs always hesitated to visit it due to the distant road head. This institution has produced the great number of students serving for Himachal Pradesh. Due to the inclusive nature of institution, success however, becomes a very difficult proposition, due to diversity of students’ background. Despite all constraints, it produced a good number of talents.

    Also special thanks for showing the inside view of school. I never noticed any photo of school premises anywhere over the last many years. It perhaps touches the sentiments of all old students. The great school days!

  3. says: sudarshan kumar

    We must congratulate the team efforts of Mr Anil Chandel, Vinay and anuj. They have done a fantastic job in a very short span of time. Also thanks to all the members who have monetarily or non-monetarily contributed towards the success of this program.
    Lets hope that we will be able to run this program every year towards helping the poor students of the state.

  4. says: Manish

    Excellent Job everyone involved in this effort. I am sure, same dedication will take us closer to our objectives. Well done Ravinder and Disha.

  5. says: madhavi sharma

    World is going through such a bad phase-: natural-disaster ,terrorism, recession . EVERYBODY is in despair ‘no- hope”… but who say so ?? … wen there is a will there is a way… and this is exactly what ” my himachal” has proven by giving -“HOPE ” to poor and needy… this effort of My Himachal is worth appreciating … I bid congrats to them all and blessing of poor will help this organisation to grow and mark their presence in globe… and i hope now more and more organisation come forward with corporate social responsiblilty and make this world more beautiful and worth living… congrats disha and keep it up- you have true himachali spirit

  6. says: Dr. Ashwani K Sood UK

    Excellant job , appreciated very much especially from an ex student of the Govt. Hr. Sec. school , Lalpani.Although was only one year in the school.The experience have been invaluable for life.

  7. says: Supriya

    i am a student of +1 medical class in distt. kangra. i want to study in medical but my parents are not able to buy my books. please help me by providing books of +1 medical to me. i shall be thankfull to you for this.
    Supriya devi c/o sh. parkash chand vpo mandal teh. dharamshala distt. kangra

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