SAIIER 2014:Scholarship and Educational Fund
|Scholarship and Educational Fund|
Aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of the Scholarship and Educational Fund (SEF) are:
- 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 outside 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 support group members: Bobby, Chali, Davaselvy, Jean-Michel, Martina, Palani K., Satyen, and Suryagandhi; in January 2014 Satyen left Auroville for some longer-term assignment abroad.
All services are extended by the team free of costs to SEF, and minor material expenses are covered through individual support or by the commercial units of the team.
Activities and mode of operating
Students applying for financial support from SEF are asked to provide information on their educational background and their study plans, and on their personal 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 and other subjects are discussed in team meetings; in the FY 2013/14 ten meetings were conducted. All decisions on financial support were made unanimously.
In 2013 in collaboration with Future School, for a fourth time, Mrs. Pippa Mukherjee, an experienced career counselor, was hosted at Auroville to interact with students of Future School and students of NESS; this was organized twice, in September and October.
An accountant was employed to compile and update all loans given to students over the last four years; this was required in order to have an overview on outstanding loans that from now on can be reclaimed from former beneficiaries of the SEF.
In 2012/13 donations from Aurovilians and Auroville units have helped the SEF in meeting the financial needs. Besides the major contribution from Auroville’s Budget Coordination Committee (BCC) / City Budget, the SEF received a substantial contribution from the Foundation for World Education.
When funds were exhausted in late 2013, further support, also for British exams, was provided only in amounts much below the requested sums; applicants and their families were left to find their own means of additional support.
In the financial year 2013/14, 16 Auroville students received funds from SEF for Bachelor and Master studies; 7 students received support via student-specific donations; two Aurovilian adults received SEF support towards further studies resp. vocational training; 21 students of Future School received support for undergoing British exams that allow them to continue with higher studies.
In total 44 Aurovilians were supported in their education and schooling resp. vocational training. These 44 beneficiaries represented five nationalities: Germany, France, India, Netherlands, and Russia.