US Sikh group raises Rs 1.37 crore for needy Punjab students

  • IANS, Washington
  • Updated: Oct 06, 2015 15:40 IST
The Sikh Human Development Foundation has been successfully providing financial assistance to young people who are from the families making less than dollar a day. ((Photo courtesy-Facebook))

The Sikh Human Development Foundation (SHDF), a Washington-based philanthropic organisation has raised over Rs 1.37 crore for its scholarship programme for underprivileged children in Punjab who wish to pursue higher education.

Over 350 guests from metropolitan Washington area came to support the Foundation at a gala, featuring pop singer Jaz Dhami on Sunday.

SHDF has been giving scholarships to bright but poor students in Punjab and surrounding areas since 2001.

Inviting all to donate, SHDF chairman Gajinder Singh Ahuja said, “We need your help. They (students) need your help.”

Chief guest Gurcharan Singh Kanwal donated Rs 32,68,000. In recognition of their contributions towards higher education of the youth, Kanwal and his wife Kamaljit Kaur were honoured with the SHDF Community Higher Education Empowerment Award.

SHDF board member Manpreet Singh said, “SHDF has been able to provide scholarships to over 4,000 students and more than 1,500 students have graduated and become professionals.”

Many of them are supporting their siblings and have also started to donate back to SHDF.

SHDF’s scholarship is based on need and merit. Students are selected from colleges and universities throughout Punjab and surrounding areas with vigorous screening by the SHDF India Division based in New Delhi.

Most of the students receiving assistance are from families earning less than a dollar a day per person.

This programme is executed in partnership with sister organisation Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council based in New Delhi.

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