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IIT Guwahati adopts two orphan girls

To underscore the importance of social commitment, a group of students of IIT Guwahati on Sunday, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, adopted two underprivileged girls of an orphanage here. Digambar Patowary reports

india Updated: Oct 03, 2011 00:17 IST
Digambar Patowary

To underscore the importance of social commitment, a group of students of IIT Guwahati on Sunday, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, adopted two underprivileged girls of an orphanage here.

Arpita Social Welfare Society, comprising students of IIT Guwahati, will bear the educational and other expenditures that Jyoti, 7, and Rabina, 10, incur.

“We will be sponsoring the two girls up to the tenth standard, but we have the option of funding them for another two years, depending on their academic performance,” said Mohammed Saquib, a second-year chemical engineering student from Maharashtra.

For this, the IIT students will keep aside a part of their scholarship fees. The major share, however, will come from graduates working in the public sector and multinationals in India and elsewhere.

“Arpita was formed two years ago with the mission of giving something back to society,” Saquib told HT. “We have been visiting villages around our IIT campus, distributing clothes and books, besides trying to solve people's health-related problems.”