The Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund (VKSSF) Merit-Cum-Means Scholarships-2016 were distributed to deserving Konkani students by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Mangaluru today.
The scholarships worth Rs 3.5 crore instituted by Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation (KLCF) were given to 685 students aspiring to pursue MBBS and engineering courses.
After distributing the scholarships, the minister told the students that they would become successful if they built their lives around their mother tongue. “We must always work together to hold on to the roots of our mother tongue. If we forget the roots, we become ruthless. And if a person becomes ruthless he cannot be successful,” he
He urged the students to promote their mother tongue and contribute to society rather than learn several languages. “I call upon all the students present to be the intellectuals, thus making Vishwa Konkani Kendra a world renowned knowledge exchange centre,” he said.
State Minister for large and medium industries R V Deshapande, who was present, told the students to be aware of developments around the world along with gaining education. “Merit and quality are the order of the day.If you do not have them, then the education that you pursue is of no use”, he said.
Manipal Global Education Chairman T V Mohandas Pai advised the students to help uplift the living standards of weak sections in the society after they become successful.
President of Vishwa Konkani Kendra Basti Vaman Shenoy, chairman of VKSSF Ramdas Kamath, entrepreneur Jagannath Shenoy and others were present.
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