Nurture Merit Program
“Poverty Should not be a barrier for Higher Education”
Vidya Poshak’s core objective is to make sure Economically challenged meritorious students should not dropout from pursuing their Higher Education.
Nurture Merit Program program includes Financial Assistance, Library facilities and Residential Bridge Camp for the meritorious but financially distressed students. Till date Vidya Poshak has invested more than INR 300 million on this.
- Financial Assistance: VP provides financial assistance to meritorious students who cannot afford to continue their post 10th class education owing to financial difficulties. The financial assistance covers college fees, exam fees and travel to colleges. Along with this additional amount for coaching is given in most deserving cases. In some extreme situations additional assistance is extended to cover accommodation and boarding. The identification of students is done in a unique way through physical visits by volunteers to dwelling units of students to assess the need to ensure only deserving receive the assistance. Since inception, VP has disbursed more than INR 160 million towards financial assistance. More than 15,000 students have been assisted from 19 districts of Karnataka. The progress of each student is closely monitored throughout the support period.
- Library Services: Free Text books are lent to all the students through libraries and book bank centers located in different parts of area of VP’s operation. Students can take home academic text books for a year and return the same at the end of the year so that the same books are put in circulation. The services can also be accessed by interested students though they are not VP scholars. One Central Library, 5 branches and 28 Rural Book Bank centers (all run by volunteers) are catering to the students. Overall 77,000 books are available at our library centers and nearly 1,87,000 students have got benefit out of this till now.
- Residential Bridge Camps (RBC): The RBCs aim at bringing positive change in the overall personality of the students. The camps also stress on Skills, Knowledge and Attitude apart from Career guidance and counseling (both career and personal). The camps can be of either 5 days or 9 days duration. RBCs strive to bridge the gap between the academia and career goals of students. It augments the needs of students which they rarely get in their formal schooling. Under this program, more than 8400 students have been trained through 154 camps thus far. The participants have been found to be able to get rid of their inferiority complex and gain confidence which enables them to be better communicators than before. They will be better equipped to face challenges in life.