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Gul Panag revives grandfather’s foundation, offers free vocational scholarships to underprivileged youngsters in Punjab.

entertainment Updated: Apr 16, 2010 14:09 IST
Sharin Bhatti

Gul PanagThe vociferous Gul Panag has been touring Punjab for the past few weeks taking up matters of concern for the betterment of the state. Panag has revived her grandfather’s foundation, Col Shamsher Singh Foundation, set up 16 years ago, to further free education in Punjabi.

“The Foundation kickstarted on April 12 and we have announced 1000 vocational scholarships for rural youth below the poverty line,” the actress explains. “We have tied up with an education group in Chandigarh and are aiming to empower our students with skills that they’d be otherwise deprived of,” Panag explains. The actor, driven by the passion to implement changes, is going beyond the regular actor’s call to do something worthwhile and not just meaningful.

“Punjab’s youngsters need direction and this is a way of seeing them through,” Panag asserts.On World Health Day, April 6, she taught correct ways to personal health and hygiene to children from 10 Delhi schools. Calling upon them to develop good hygiene habits to prevent water and sanitation related diseases, Gul points out that thousands of children die due to unhygienic conditions in our country.