Organization : Blind Persons’ Association
Scholarship Name : Keshab Chandra Bhattacharyya and Sarojbasini Devi Memorial Scholarship
Applicable State : West Bengal
Website : http://bpa.org.in/scholarship.htm
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Keshab Chandra Bhattacharyya Scholarship :
A scholarship of Rs. 5,000 per annum is available in the memory of Keshab Chandra Bhattacharyya and Sarojbasini Debi.
Related : BPA Kamalendu Bhattacharya Memorial Scholarship West Bengal : www.scholarships.net.in/2526.html
This scholarship will be awarded to a sightless student for three years for his/her outstanding performance in the Higher Secondary Examination. In this case also the applicant must be a resident of West Bengal and continue his study in the next grade.
Willing donors may also sponsor a scholarship to encourage visually challenged students in their academic studies.
Kamalendu Bhattacharya Memorial Scholarship :
The members and wellwishers of the organisation started a scholarship fund in the year 2001-02 in the memory of late Kamalendu Bhattacharya who passed away on February 8, 1998. Kamalendu Bhattacharya along with Shibabrata Sengupta and Tarun Sengupta played a significant role in rejuvenating the organisation in the sixties and rebuilding it in its present form.
Many of the members were his direct students at Blind Boys’ Academy, Ramakrishna Ashrama at Narendrapur. His love for his pupils and his positive approach endeared him to each and everybody who came closer to him. He exerted his whole energy to developing a social movement for securing the legitimate rights of the sightless people.
This scholarship of Rs. 1,800 per annum is awarded to the sightless students for two years from amongst applicants who pass the secondary examination (Madhyamik Pariksa). This is a merit-cum-means scholarship, i.e., the results and the situation of the students are taken into account at the time of selection.
The following conditions must be remembered by the applicants:
** The applicant must pass the Madhyamik Pariksha (Secondary Examination in West Bengal),
** He/she must get admitted in Class XI for continuing his studies,
** Each student has to submit his progress report on promotion to class XII for the second instalment of the scholarship.
About Blind Persons’ Association :
Knowledge alone can compensate for the loss of sight. Blind Persons’ Association has tried to spread this message among the sightless people. Without knowledge a sightless person cannot contribute to the progress of the society and attain true social recognition.
When Professor late Nagendranath Sengupta started this organisation with a few sightless youths in 1946, their goal was setting up a common platform for exchanging their views.
The members of the organisation realised in the sixties that the main problem of the sightless people lies in the lack of identity in the society. Their quest for identity can never be fulfilled unless the sightless share social responsibility with their fellow-brothers.
They urged upon the members to plunge themselves into social activities. At the same time, the organisation took upon itself the task of promoting education among the sightless solely relying on patronage of the common people.