Vidya Gyan’s First Grant of ~20 lakh rupees to a college in India

Vidya Gyan is pleased and proud to announce its first educational grant of about 20 lacs (about $33,000) to fund Kotah Projects and Resources for Integrated Development and Engagement (KOTAH PRIDE) toJagdish Prasad Adarsh Vidya Mandir Inter College. This college is an outgrowth of a school attended by Vidya Gyan co-founder Agarwal where he completed education up to 8th grade. The grant award letter, unanimously approved by Vidya Gyan Board, was handed over by DM Yadav to the College Principal and Manager during the function held on March 11, 2015. Dr. Yadav, a Chemist himself, underscored the significance of supporting the library and science lab for enhanced students’ learning and congratulated the College for receiving the Vidya Gyan grant. He publicly thanked Vidya Gyan for setting an excellent example for others to come forward in supporting education. He also encouraged all Kotah colleges (including Government Girls Inter College; Government Girls Degree College, and Indraprastha Institute of Technology) to work together for the betterment of students learning.

KOTAH PRIDE funding for three years encompasses the acquisition of scientific equipment and supplies for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology labs for hands-on learning experiences by students in grades 11 and 12; establishing a library in the college which will house books in all academic disciplines; support for furniture and computer for the library; and salary of a librarian for the first 3 years. Vidya Gyan funding will also support acquisition of Science and Mathematics text books for 11th and 12th grades which will be available to students on loan for an extended period. These text books will be returned to the library by the students in the best possible condition for successive use by the next group of students. Text book lending program will extend higher priority to female students.

In addition, KOTAH PRIDE includes support for piloting Mentoring and Learning Communities in collaboration with neighboring institution to engage students in projects that would augment their critical thinking, general knowledge, and communication skills. Another important part of KOTAH PRIDE is the development of appropriate competitive activities such as debates, speeches, quizzes, essay writing, sports etc. The latter activities are to further enhance inter-institutional collaboration and community engagement with an ultimate goal to seek greater parental/community engagement in such competitive events. The College is strongly encouraged to seek technical support from and consult with Vidya Gyan throughout the project implementation.

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