Every year, thousands of students apply for the Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme (HTSP), where Rs25 lakh is distributed among 50 of the smartest students in the city. This year too, many city schools are eager about their students participating in the programme "as it is a good motivation for students to excel," said Seema Buch, principal of Gundecha Education Academy, Kandivli (E).
The HTSP is for students of of Indian nationality from Classes 5 to 9, residing in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. The programme started on November 15, 2011 and is on till March 31, 2012. Students who have scored more than 60% in their last year's final examination are eligible to apply for the programme, where they will be assessed on their essay along with their academic and all-round achievement. HT Media Limited panelists will then individually interview selected students.
Avnita Bir, principal of R.N. Podar School, Santacruz said the programme is a good way to ensure students do well throughout the year. "We have seen a significant change in their overall performance as they are enthusiastic about winning the scholarship," said Bir.
Over a hundred students from Hiranandani Foundation School, Powai, have applied for HTSP this year, inspired by Class 8 student of the school, Supriya Kamath, who won the scholarship last year. "This year too, we hope students use the money for educational purposes such as buying books or developing a hobby," said Kalyani Patnaik, school principal.
"The essay writing should be conducted at one common place to eliminate any scope of students getting it done by their parents or anyone else," suggested Wilfred Noronha, supervisor of St. Mary's School (ICSE), Mazagaon, who said the programme is a good initiative.