SAIIER 2013:Scholarship and Educational Fund

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Scholarship and Educational Fund



Aims and objectives

The Scholarship and Educational Fund (SEF) serves the following purposes:

  • To fund-raise and operate as a fund for education of Auroville youth inside and outside of Auroville.
  • To help in creating educational and training opportunities inside and out-side of Auroville.
  • To help in creating equality of opportunities for Auroville youth.
  • To work towards finding optimal educational options in consideration of the needs and potential of the individual.

Executives, support group and administration

The team of SEF consists of Auralice and Lucas as executives and of the following team members: Bobby, Chali from July 2012 onwards, Davaselvy, Jean-Michel, Martina, Palani K., Satyen, and Suryagandhi.

All services are extended by the team free of costs to SEF, and minor material expenses are covered by the commercial units of the executives and support group members.

Activities and mode of operating

Students applying for financial support from SEF have to provide information on their educational background and their study plans, and of their own and their parents‘ financial background. In case of students depending on their parents‘ financial support, both parents are expected to work within Auroville.

Financial support is given by way of a loan that is expected to be paid back from five years after completion of studies onwards. It is understood that, in case the student subsequently returns to Auroville and contributes to Auroville‘s development, this will be regarded as repayment in kind.

Applications are discussed in team meetings conducted about once a month; in the FY 2012/13 fourteen meetings were conducted. All decisions on financial support were made unanimously.

In 2012, in collaboration with Future School, for a third time a two-day interaction with an experienced career counselor was organized and utilized by students.

Funding

In 2012/13 donations from Aurovilians and Auroville units have helped the SEF in meeting the financial needs. Support from abroad was not available and fund-raising contacts in Germany did not yield any results. While scholarships for top performers in specific subjects seem to be available in abundance, student support primarily based on financial needs and with a focus on equalizing chances for higher studies seems not to exist.

Student applicants supported

In the FY 2012/13 financial support was given to 16 students for bachelor studies in Indian colleges and universities, i.e. in studies of Commerce, Business Management, Hotel Management & Catering, Contemporary Dance, Industrial Biotechnology, Environmental Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Yoga, Audiology & Speech Therapy, Computer Science, Electronics & Communication Engineering (4), Information Technology, Visual Communication, Graphics Communication.

Two students were given support in their Master studies.

Seven students of Future School were supported for undergoing British exams.

One student was supported for fees in a school at Pududcherry.

Two students received financial support from individuals via student-specific contributions.