Karnataka

Cash awards for SSLC, pre-university students

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The district administration has instituted cash awards for meritorious SSLC and PU students from government residential schools and hostels run by the departments of Social Welfare and Backward Classes and Minorities.

People can sponsor Rs.10,000 for each meritorious student. Though the programme was organised on a short notice, around 60 individuals, cooperative societies, district Lead Bank and national banks and real estate establishments came forward to contribute over Rs. 40 lakh, which was distributed among 408 students who secured 90 per cent and above in SSLC and PU examinations in 2014, at a function held at the central hall of the Suvarna Soudha here on Friday. Prakash B. Hukkeri, MP, sponsored 25 students, and Shashikala Jolle and D.B. Inamdar, MLAs, sponsored 50 each.

Small Scale Industries Minister Satish L. Jarkiholi said the programme was the first of its kind in Karnataka. The prize money would help those from the economically weaker sections to pursue their goals. He announced a cash reward of Rs. 1 lakh to the student who topped SSLC exam in Belagavi district from next year.

Principal District and Sessions Judge P. Krishna Bhat suggested that students be given books rather than cash prizes. He told students to have dreams which lead them to spend sleepless nights until they realised it. Mr. Bhat warned of the growing ill- effects of television shows and gadgets. He also appealed to the affluent sections to pay back to the society.

Addressing government employees, he said hardly 10 per cent of the population was in government service and they could serve the needy in various ways.

Siddharama Swami of Naganur Rudrakshi Mutt; Tadayuktananda Swami of Ramakrsihna Mission Ashram, Belagavi; Suresh C. Angadi, MP; N. Jayaram, Deputy Commissioner; G.L. Praveen Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner; Feroz N. Sait and Sanjay B. Patil, MLAs; and Prabhakar Kore, MP, were present.

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