A Panjab University (PU) research scholar,Mohammad Sohail,has been awarded with the prestigious Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) students mobility grant. SICI is jointly funded by the governments of India and Canada.
Four students from the country have been selected for SICI students mobility programme grant for the session 2013-14. Other applicants are from IIT Kanpur,IIT Kharagpur and National Law School,Bangalore.
Mohammad Sohail is a junior research fellow with the Department of Public Administration. He is pursuing his PhD under the supervision of prof B S Ghuman in the field of Regulation in Higher Education in India.
Sohail is the first recipient of this award from PU. He received affiliation from two Canadian universities,namely,the University of Northern British Columbia,Prince George and University of the Fraser Valley,Abbotsford. He will be visiting the University of the Fraser Valley for a period of 35 days.
53 EWS students felicitated
The first batch of 53 EWS students who completed their initial seven-week training for entrance to IIT or medical colleges under the Bhai Jaita Foundation (BJF) Headstart 2015 programme was felicitated on Friday.
BJF Headstart 2015 is a free seven month-long programme with five sessions spread over the years 2013,2014 and 2015,aimed at economically weak students in class XI of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) across Punjab. The BJF prepares such students for taking IIT and medical college entrance exams,once they have passed class XII.
Sardar Harpal Singh,Managing Trustee,BJF said,For the last three years,BJF has been sending brilliant students from the economically weaker section (EWS) to the IITs. Till now,four students have been selected for Super 30 coaching and all of them qualified to join the IITs. With the launch of BJF Headstart,we expect and hope to increase this number substantially.
Singh explained that the objective of the programme is to give a headstart to bright students during their summer and winter vacations so that they cover the curriculum required for competitive exams at least six months ahead of rural students who lack such opportunity. In addition to subject teaching,BJF arranged sessions on career counselling and guidance,communication skills outside experts.