As many as 333 girls were awarded scholarships for engineering graduate and diploma programmes at an event marking the 20th year of Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF) recently. The foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 1,100 girls from the engineering stream since 2010.
LPF has added over 800 girls to its scholarship programme this year and will be adding another 400 in December from Amravati and Wardha. It had started 20 years ago in 1996 with only 20 girls. The scholarships were given away by chief guest Aruna Jayanthi, CEO, Capgemini India Pvt Ltd, and the guest of honour Anubhav Kapoor, company secretary and general counsel, Tata Technologies. The deserving girls were chosen after a selection process, including personal interviews.
On the occasion, foundation chairperson Padmashree Lila Poonawalla, thanked Tata Technologies, IKEA, Capgemini, Sears, KPIT technologies, Tieto, Volkswagen, Atlas Copco, and BNY Melon for supporting the initiative this academic year.
“Technical education is always a strong foundation towards building a great career,” Poona-walla said. She urged parents not to marry off their girls at an early age. She cited her personal example of becoming an engineer and how it has changed her life.
Jayanthi, a postgraduate in management sciences, said, “I am immensely proud of LPF for the work it does as it not only takes the girls under their family tree but also encourages them to step out of their comfort zones, shed their inhibitions and transform themselves into well educated, daring and confident young women.”
Kapoor said, “The scholarships give the girls confidence to turn dreams into reality.”