Lightening the candles towards a bright future
We strongly believe that the empowerment and development initiatives and its results will be carried forward towards the future only with the intellectual development. The prime reason for the deprivation and low standard of living of the fisher folk and other poor people in the present scenario is lack of education and less number of participation in high profile careers. Understanding the situation QSSS has given prime concern to the education of the coming generation. To achieve high quality education standards and include more and more youngsters from the deprived section to the high profile profession the agency has designed and implemented educational support programme. Among them PRADHIBHODAYAM is exclusively reserved for the bright students belonging to the catholic Diocese of Quilon.
This educational support programme is initiated by Most. Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon. The programme was founded in the year of 2004. The aim of the project is to cater a young generation who are academically brilliant, professionally qualified, with a competitive personality fit for the present careers. To achieve this goal the agency supports the academically brilliant students, who have poor financial background with quality education and facilities up to 12th standard. Beneficiary selection is made on Forane basis. Every year two brilliant students (Both male and female) who have passed out from standard IV are selected for the project. Students who are selected for the programme are provided with admission in reputed schools in Kollam district, managed by the Diocese of Quilon, boarding facilities, free tuition, and financial support to purchase materials for educational purposes. After that the diocese and agency help the students to find out new channels to support them in their way to success.
• The candidate must be a member of Quilon Diocese
• The candidate must belong to fisher men family or from poor economic condition
• The candidate should have passed out from standard IV with above 60% mark
• Priority to the child of widow/widower or children who are living in the protection of grand parents or relatives
• Preference is given to children whose parent is chronically ill or suffering from psychiatric disorder
Beneficiary selection of the programme is done through two stages which include written test and interview. Students who score the highest marks in the written test are selected for the interview. The interview panel consists of representatives of priest, educational experts and eminent personalities who are working for the development of children.
Project implementation in this reporting period
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Application for the programme was invited through parishes from 06/05/2012 and last date for the submission of application was16/05/2012.
87 students among the 90 applicants attended the entrance exam. The exam took place on 19th May 2012 at Trinity Lyceum School. Questions were prepared separately for different syllabus. Those who secured high marks in the exam were short listed for interview.42 students were enlisted for the interview.
Interview for the students
Interview of the students was took place on 23/05/2012. The interview board consisted of Rev. Fr. Silvi Antony, Principal IJAIHSS, and Mr. S John Principal Trinity Lyceum School. 13 students were selected as the beneficiaries for the programme. 13 students were selected as the beneficiaries for this year.
Verification of the candidate
Field level verification of the candidate was conducted to verify the details claimed by the candidate and study the socio economic background of the family. Rev.Fr. Pious Mallier, Assistant Director QSSS visited the house of each candidate and collected first hand information about each candidate to assess his/her need. The selected beneficiaries were admitted in the top level schools in Kollam and Alappuzha districts managed by the diocese of Quilon or nuns belonging to the catholic congregation