BOOK BANK FULFILLS EDUCATION DREAMS OF 6,500 STUDENTS
The text-book and scholarship programme for underprivileged students by Rajasthan Youth Association goes online starting next year
Bengaluru : Around 6,500 economically weak students from various colleges in Karnataka were provided with textbooks as part of Rajasthan Youth Association’s 44th Annual Book Bank and Scholarship Programme. Rajasthan Youth Association (RYA) will also pay the annual scholarship fee for more than 300 students. The book distribution took place yesterday at the Jnana Jyothi auditorium in the Central College campus.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Dr. Vineet Kothari, Honourable Justice of Karnataka High Court said, “In this digital era it is time to make books your friends again. The Book Bank programme by Rajasthan Youth Association is a great effort in this direction while also helping the needy.”
He emphasised the need to introduce military training for students to imbibe a sense of responsibility towards the nation.
Guest of Honour Brigadier Shah Nawaz, General Officer Commanding, Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area, called upon the youth to pursue their dreams, while cautioning them that only perseverance and self-discipline can help them reach their goals.
Both Justice Vineet and Brigadier Shahnawaz reiterated that the focus of education should be to make students good citizens and human beings in a society.
Bangalore Central University Vice Chancellor Professor S. Japhet lauded the efforts of the RYA towards the cause of education. He said, “About 60% to 70% of the students enrolling for higher education in Bengaluru are from disadvantaged sections of the society. With access to education becoming an expensive affair, these students need help. We are glad that RYA is supporting them through its Book Bank programme.”
The annual programme was also graced by Rajendar Gandhi, CEO, Stovecraft and Ranjith Kanunga, Kanunga Extrusions.
Starting this year, RYA has decided to also offer support to colleges that lack sports infrastructure. RYA is helping 9 rural colleges across Karnataka to set up five badminton courts, five volley ball courts and 10 table tennis courts, while also offering the required sports equipment.
At the book distribution programme, RYA donated complete sporting gear to three young budding cricketers named Fazulla, Nagma and Rizwan. The cricket kits included bats, balls, cricket shoes, gloves, pads, helmets and clothes.
The children’s father Rahman is an auto driver and is unable to meet their cricketing expenses. Having realised their talent in the game, the Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC) is training them for free.
“They still needed bats, pads and other cricket gear to pursue the game. Their shoes are torn and pads worn-out. They practise with hand-me-downs from seniors at the institute. Realising their plight, we thought this was the ideal cause to contribute as we had started our sports initiative this year. We were inspired by our former chief guests Priyank Kharge and Reeth Abraham who had asked us to also look into sports causes,” says Surpat Choraria, Trust Chairman, RYA.
The father thanked RYA for its support and hoped that it will help the kids pursue their biggest dream. “They were given the option to choose the items for the cricket kit themselves. They are really excited about using them. This has definitely been a big motivation for them,” he said.
RYA announced at the book distribution ceremony that the application process for textbooks and scholarships will go completely online from the next academic year.
“We wanted to make it convenient for students travelling all the way to Bengaluru from remote places across Karnataka to apply for the programme besides going completely paperless,” says says Naveen Galada, Chairman, Book Bank.
This year RYA is expanding the Book Bank and Scholarship Programme to nine new centres including Hoskote, Bangaru Thirupathi, Sidlaghatta, Peenya and K R Puram among others. At present its services are extended to colleges in Bengaluru Urban, Kanakapura, Devanahalli, Kolar Gold Fields, Kadur, Chintamani, Chikkaballapura, Andhahalli and Vemagal.
More than one lakh students have received textbooks from RYA over the past 44 years. As part of the Book Bank and Scholarship programme, 6,500 students have received scholarships during the period.
Based on the performance of their previous year, the undergraduate students of BCom, BBM and BSc are selected for tuition-fee payment. The books distributed are given away as a loan without any deposit and the students have to return them at the end of the year so that others can also benefit from it.
Started in 1975 in Bengaluru by philanthropist, the late Padmashree Mohanlalji Chordia, the book bank project has touched many lives. Initially, he began by distributing 151 sets of textbooks to students from the financially weaker sections of the society. Moving forward, in 1976, he entrusted the Book Bank project to the Rajasthan Youth Association, allowing for larger participation. The association has been contributing towards this cause since then and has been continuing the good work while expanding its reach and activities, most of which are in the field of education.
“We are of the view that education can bring about many positive changes in a nation, and hence we donate mostly towards this cause,” says Amith Bethala, President, RYA. He proudly points out that it is the third generation at RYA that is at the helm.
Interested students can apply online on http://www.ryabookbank.org for the next year.
The Rajasthan Youth Association (Bengaluru) comprises persons from different vocations who undertake social and charitable activities to help financially weaker sections of the society. The funds for activities are generated internally. Started as a 25-member association in 1975, RYA has grown into a 150-member strong force.
Besides pitching in with infrastructure requirements for schools and hospitals, RYA has also helped set up water huts at bus stations. The association has pitched in with relief work post natural disasters and calamities by providing medicines, food grains and clothes to affected areas. It has donated tricycles and sewing machines to the needy.