The scholarship award was presented by Bhakta Charan Das, Member of Parliament, Kalahandi; Mr. Giridhar Gamang, Former Chief Minister; and R.S Gopalan, IAS, Collector and District Magistrate of Kalahandi. Among others present were Mr. Dushmanta Nayak, MLA, Bhawanipatna;
Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of VAL said “Vedanta Gyanashree Award is an initiative by Vedanta Aluminium Limited to encourage and support the meritorious students of Kalahandi district to achieve more heights in their study”.
Selection of the students was made as per their performance in last 10th and 12th Exams. Among the selected students, two of them were in the top ten list of All Orissa +2 Commerce examination. Four of them were district toppers in HSC, CBSE and ICSE examination. Rahul Jain and Preksha Agrawal of Govt. Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna had secured First and Ninth Position, respectively, in +2 Commerce Examinations, conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education, Orissa. Ghungura Mishra and Anupam Acharya of DM High School, M. Rampur secured highest mark in Kalahandi district in HSC Examination -2009. Abhinash Agrawal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhawanipatna and Preet Jain of Vimla Convent School are the district topper in CBSE and ICSE Examination – 2010, respectively.
In order to inspire students of Kalahandi, Vedanta Aluminium Limited also awarded Vedanta Scholarship to four students in 2009. The Company also supports meritorious students from economically backward families in the local area through various short term and long-term financial assistance.