|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Nov 28: A five-day scholarship carnival was concludedtoday by Harbans Bhalla Educational Trust for 600 students from rural areas. More than 80% of the students were girls from economically weak families.Scholarships were distributed to 600 students over these days and every day 100+ students were invited along with their parents to collect the scholarship.
Besides scholarships, the children also got Free medical and Eye checkups. Counseling was conducted for the parents and students by scholars of University of Jammu. The students of class 1st to 10th also participated in evaluation tests.
Tests for prospective students were also conducted from classes 1st to 3rd for selection into the next academic year.
SK Sharma, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax Jammu was the Chief Guest. He distributed the scholarships and impressed upon the children that they are getting an opportunity to achieve excellence in their education and to carve out a bright future for themselves. He appreciated the efforts of every possible step being taken by the HBET to promote education of girls, particularly those who live in the slums and in the remote rural areas. He also wished them a bright future ahead. Anujiv Chopra, Shurti and Aditya Chopra were guests of honour. Harbans Bhalla Educational Trust has been awarding scholarships since 1997 and the number of children helped every year has grown from 12 initially to 600 children this year. HBET aims to cover as many rural children as possible in and around Jammu in areas such as Hiranagar, Chak, Rattian, Doomi, Gajansoo, R.S Pura, Birpur, Rehian, Jourian, Dansal, Kangrail, GurahSlathia, GhouManhasan, Saruinsar, etc.
Families of financially weak girl children from 1st to 3rd classes may apply to the Trust for scholarship. The Trust only accepts students studying in Government schools.