Sudney, August 15 (Odisha.in) Thirteen students belonging to the B. Tech, +2 Science and ITI programs being run by JITM, Paralkhemundi in Orissa’s Ganjam district have been chosen by the LBW Trust based in Sydney, Australia (www.lbwtrust.com.au), JITM sources said.
The scholarships will cover the respective tuition fees in the different programs. The support is initially for a year and would be continued based on the academic performance of the students.
The awardees include three female students. It is expected that this support will assist the selected students greatly, who are from financially weak background while being meritorious. It is also expected to encourage other students to perform academically to avail of similar opportunities in future.
JITM already offers different scholarships to deserving students on a merit-cum means basis. One such scholar is Umashankar Pradhan who has been declared the topper of the Biju Pattnaik University of Technology in recent semester examinations.
The LBW Trust was established in June 2006 with its stated purpose being the provision of education and training to impoverished and underprivileged people overseas and within Australia.
Candidates for assistance by the Trust will be chosen from Cricket playing nations amongst developing countries and from Australia. The Trust hopes that these young men and women who are sponsored by the Trust will in turn play their part in the up-liftment of their countries.
The Trust has been established through the assistance of Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers on a pro bono basis.
The Board members of the Trust are Peter Roebuck (Journalist), Senator John Faulkner, Darshak Mehta (Businessman), Mike Coward (Journalist), Antony Lovell (Educationalist) and Peter Strain (Barrister). Among the patrons of the Trust are Sir William Deane (Former Governor General of Australia), Gen Peter Cosgrove (Former General of Australia Defence Forces), Adam Gilchrist, Greg Chappell (Australia Test Cricketers) and Ian Macfarlane (Member of Parliament of Australia).