Scholarship cheques were provided by Aufaq-e-Amma to around 600 students in Bhopal (MP) on Wednesday. The felicitation ceremony was done by Mayor Alok Sharma as the library hall near Tajul Masjid was full of capacity.
Though the financial support is not much, the gathering left no one in doubt about aspirations and struggles for these students. Scholarship candidates included more no. of girls than boys. The event was a reminder of the need for women empowerment through education.
Anusha Ali is a student of S.Y. in her graduation; she scored 92.2 percent in Class XII board exams and aspires to be a company secretary. Her father is no more, her mother supports, and mentor and inspires her.
She travels 40 kilometers every single day to reach her college Institute of Excellence of Higher Education.
Anusha says completing her graduation is her initial target. There are issues that affect education of girls like her. It is primarily financial. Her mother is the sole bread earner. She says Abraham Lincoln is her role model.
The mayor during felicitation ceremony announced to introduce BMC scholarship for minority students and laptop for those who excel.
17-years-old Sayma Khan was among the gathering who heard the speech and promises. The daughter of a driver dreams of becoming an engineer. Kalpana Chawla is her ideal.
“I wish to scale new heights. It’s a challenge, but I am ready for it. All we girl seek is an equal opportunity,” said Sayma who scored 90.3 percent in her 10th board examination.
Auqaf-e-Amma is a charity that functions under MP Waqf Board.