These 1,000 students, according to the company, come from 19 states, namely Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan , Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and West Bengal.
Launched last year, the scholarships give teachers as well as students access to Direct Beneficiary Transfer (DBT) covering a list of eligible expenses, according to an official statement.
Student eligibility is merit-based and takes place entirely online under the supervision of an independent jury, comprising prominent educators and representatives of civil society organizations, he added.
The scholarship initiative also aims to bridge the social and financial divide faced by teachers as well as students in terms of availability and accessibility to necessary resources.
According to the company, last year 200 teachers and 2,500 students were awarded scholarships.
“Vi is committed to leveraging its technological expertise and network to create large-scale social impact. By focusing on learning and education in communities and rural populations struggling with financial constraints, we have developed digital tools to enable accessibility education for teachers and students. In times of a pandemic, our scholarship program helps students and teachers secure resources to invest in technology tools and their education, ”said P. Balaji, Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Vodafone Idea Limited. The Vi CSR scholarship program provides support for teachers and students to use resources and facilitate online learning and to develop an environment to enhance digital learning.
The CSR arm of Vodafone Idea also runs programs in education, agriculture, women’s empowerment and technology across India.