The All-India Anglo-Indian Association (AIAIA) has decided to extend the ambit of the Frank Anthony scholarship to include non-conventional courses like music, animation, textile designing, visual communication, etc.
Speaking at the valedictory function of the joint annual general meeting (AGM) of the All-India Anglo Indian Education Institution (AIAIEI) and the All-India Anglo-Indian Association here on Sunday, president-inchief Neil O’Brien said with members of the community showing interest in taking up new courses, the association would expand the reach of the scholarship.
“The list of scholarship is not sacrosanct. Seeing the interest of the youth to take up new courses, we will include new disciplines besides traditional ones to award scholarship,” O’Brien said.
He further said that the scholarship was extended not on basis of parent’s income, but on merit. While there is no cap on the number of scholarship, the amount is restricted to an optimum of Rs. 1.10 lakh per branch per year. Prior to scholastic year 2011-12, this ceiling was Rs. 90,000,” he added.
Among some new disciplines included in the ambit of scholarship were catering, airport management, food processing, media science, visual communication, fashion designing, textile designing, etc.
The AGM also unanimously resolved that none from the AIAIA would become a member of another forum of Anglo-Indians floated by Charles Dyas, an MP from Kerala. Anyone from the AIAIA joining the splinter Anglo-Indian forum would be liable for stringent disciplinary action, including removal from the committee. Some committee members opined that the forum was trying to establish its identity and using the Anglo-Indian banner to pursue its hidden agenda, which was against the spirit of the community.
The members were also critical of the fact that the AIAIA had been roped in as an afterthought by the Calcutta Anglo-Indian Society (CAIS) to organise the world Anglo-Indian reunion early January next year. Though some had consented to participate in it, they were not keen on playing an active part to organise the event.
Earlier, a lively panel discussion on ‘peers, careers and cheers’, involving 58 youths, including school children and college goers, in three groups, was organised. Shayne McPherson of the Frank Anthony Public School, New Delhi, Michael D’Cruize and wine maker Ralph Craven of Mumbai moderated the panel discussion, which was peppered by witty comments from Barry O’Brien. The committee members were affluent in their praise for the All-India Anglo-Indian Association Danapur and Patna chapters for successfully organising the annual general meeting of the AIAIA the first time in the state. AG deRozario, Donald Galstaun and Jharkhand MLA Glen Galstaun came in for special mention as curtains came down on the threeday mega event.
The next AGM of the association would be held either in New Delhi or Bangalore.