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GAIL to increase number for free coaching to 100 students
27 June, 2011
(India) Limited, has, this year, helped 51 underprivileged
students to make it through the IIT/JEE, ISRO, UPTU and AIEEE
entrance examinations. These successful students were
felicitated by B. C. Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director,
GAIL in a function held today at Noida. R D Goyal, Director
(Projects) and S. L. Raina, Director (HR), GAIL along with
senior officials of GAIL were present on the occasion.
These 51 students are the heart-warming success results of
GAILís special CSR programme, GAIL UTKARSH, being run at
Kanpur. Under this programme, 60 students from the
economically backward sections were provided free board,
lodge. Training and expert coaching for 10 months under the
mentorship of Abhayanand for the IIT/JEE entrance exams etc.
Speaking on the occasion, GAIL CMD, B. C. Tripathi announced
that GAIL has this year increased the intake for the Utkarsh
programme to 100 students.
Most of the successful candidates come from villages and small
towns, some with large families, at times striving to make
ends meet. Earning members/ parents range from of health
worker, auto driver to petty business (small flour mill, petty
farmer or grocery shop owner), tuition teacher, and factory
worker (detail attached).
GAILís Utkarsh programme is unique in many ways. It is
conducted under the mentorship of Abayanand, and only students
belonging to families with an annual income of less than Rs
1.25 lakh are eligible for a place in the programme.
||Apart from this, it
is possibly the only programme which has
allocated 50 per cent of the available seats under its
programme for SC/ST/OBC and physically handicapped students.
Under this flagship programme, GAIL, in association with
Center for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL),
pioneered the initiative of sponsoring underprivileged
students for IIT/ Engineering Entrance of National and State
Students were selected through written
examination conducted at Kanpur, Lucknow, Etawah, Allahabad,
Agra, and Gwalior centres. A total of 1546 students from
different centres had appeared this year in the examination
for selection of this coveted GAIL Utkarsh.
GAIL had started this programme as part of its Educational
programmes under the CSR umbrella. Last year 3 students had
entered the IIT, and 14 others had qualified for the NIT(8)
and other institutions.
GAIL allocates 2% of its previous year Profit After Tax (PAT)
for implementing useful programmes for welfare of
under-privileged, socially/economically deprived segment of
society within its specified 7 thrust areas such as
environment protection/ horticulture, health care and medical,
community development, education and literacy enhancement,
infrastructure development, community development, drinking
water and sanitation.