PUNE: The Resourceful Education Foundation, (REF) NGO have accepted the challenge to extend financial help to 1000 underprivileged students this academic year.
Mr Amarpal Singh, Founder of the Resourceful Education Foundation (REF) was pleased to see the future of deserving students being secured through REF.
Mr Singh, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore dream of giving back to society was realized through REF., NGO, dedicated to the social development of society through education for all. He plans to spread this service pan India helping the underprivileged students gain knowledge and wisdom to boost the economy of our country through sound education.
“We are looking to grow and change the lives of underprivileged students in thousands and more. We have already extended support to over 150 students and looking forward to reaching out to more in the months ahead,” said Mr Singh on an optimistic note.
REF recently handed over a cheque of Rs 2,86,900 to Prof. Ramkrishna More Arts, Commerce & Science College, Akurdi, Pune.
The cheque was handed over by Dr Rotash Kanwar, Advisory Committee of REF and Ex-Director of Health Services, Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata along with Mrs Shilpa Bhoire REF staff to Dr Abhay Khandagale, Principal Prof. Ramkrishna More Arts, Commerce & Science College.
“The work done by Resourceful Education Foundation is noble. It is for a noble cause. Students need financial aid to proceed in their career. REF is a beautiful platform to help and work for underprivileged students,” said Dr Abhay Khandagale, Principal Prof. Ramkrishna More Arts, Commerce & Science College.
“We made a team from our institute and shortlisted the needy students. We could see a few students managed to get admissions paying just a small amount. Paying fee of 3-4 thousand was a challenge for some students.
“The Resourceful Education Foundation volunteered to take care of these needy students. We worked on the proposal and finalised the students for the scholarships. I am glad REF has paid the entire fees of some students while some other underprivileged students balance fees were paid amounting from Rs 1,700 to Rs 26,180,” informed Principal Dr Abhay Khandagale.
“We know several institutes require help like us I recommend REF to such institutes where students can get financial help for further studies,” said Dr Abhay Khandagale.
The students who received financial help expressed their gratitude and assured all the dignitaries that they would give their best to excel and stand out in their academics as a token of appreciation from their end.
Priyanka Jagannath Kudale, student of T.Y. B.A was physically challenged. Her deteriorating eyesight did not dampen her vision for further studies.
“ I was informed about the Resourceful Education Foundation through our college. My mother is the breadwinner of the family. She works in the fields as my family members are physically challenged. I had great difficulty in paying my hostel and college fees. Today I am extremely pleased that my dreams of further education are realised through REFs intervention,” informed Priyanka.
Shubham Balasaheb Bade, student of S.Y. BCS total fees of Rs 26,815 was a big financial burden for the family. “I got admission paying only half the amount of my college fees but an unexpected medical situation drained our family resources. I was unable to pay the remaining amount. At that point of time, Resourceful Education Foundation rescued me from dropping out paying the amount of my fee,” said an overwhelming Shubham.
Anil Shinde, Registrar of Students Welfare Board Pune acknowledged the noble work done by Resourceful Education Foundation. He is actively involved in helping out such deserving students at the campus.
“I got to know of Resourceful Education Foundation’s work when Shilpa Bhoire stepped into our college premise for the first time. I am very touched with the REFs gesture of taking such noble steps to ensure underprivileged students get financial help. These students really were in need of financial help for further studies,” informed Anil Shinde, Registrar of Students Welfare Board Pune.
The Resourceful Education Foundation has helped 23 underprivileged students of Maharashtra with the financial aid of Rs 445254 and recently extended financial help of Rs 1458750 to 20 students of College of Engineering Pune.
Dr Mahesh Shindikar, Assistant Professor in Biology, Applied Science Department, College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) received the cheque presented by Resourceful Education Foundation.
“I am glad to see 20 intelligent, promising and deserving students receive financial aid for further education from Resourceful Education Foundation (REF),” said Dr Shindikar.
“We have students who enrol for B.Tech and M.Tech programs. The enrollment is for 4 years. At COEP we identified deserving students in the first year adopting a single-window system. We screened the underprivileged students and identified their requirements. We have corporates under CRS activities extending their support to us. We are fortunate to have REF NGO extending their help.
“These students represent different strata of society and come from very challenging backgrounds. We support these students with their college fees, hostel fees and for that, we appreciate REF’s help,” said Dr Mahesh Shindikar.
Extending help to underprivileged students would not be possible without Nihilent Ltd. and other donors extending financial help to Resourceful Education Foundation.
Dr Rotash Kanwar, member of Advisory Committee of Resourceful Education Foundation and Ex-Director of Health Services, Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata encouraged all the deserving students to pursue their goals giving in their best. He urged them to continue their studies in real earnest and emerge as responsible citizens of society.
The students of Prof. Ramkrishna More Arts, Commerce & Science College along with the dignitaries at the college campus in Akurdi, Pune.