Shodh Medha Scholarship certificate distribution ceremony was celebrated today, May 29th, 2023, in the iconic “Manthan Hall” of the University of Lucknow for the academic session 2023–24.
Vice chancellor of the University of Lucknow, Prof. Alok Kumar Rai, felicitated ten girls’ research scholars. The Shodh Medha Scholarship is the brainchild of VC UoL. It has become a prestigious scholarship among girls’ research scholars since its inception. Under Shodhmedha, a scholarship of Rs 5000 per month is given for three years to those women research students who are not getting financial help or scholarships from any other source.
VC UoL said that financial support in the form of scholarships works like a catalyst and infuses positive vibes among students who get selected for the scholarship as well as among other students to perform well in their studies. It creates a culture of healthy competition among students.
Every year, more than 100 applications have been received under this scholarship. A committee was duly formed by the VC of UoL to examine the applications received. The VC UoL had specially appointed a student representative to the committee to maintain transparency. 135 students have applied this year, and after a thorough screening, 25 candidates were shortlisted as per the guidelines of the Shodh Medha scholarship set by the university. 22 candidates appeared physically for the interview that was held on May 27th, 2023. Finally, 10 students were selected for the scholarship based on their interview performance. The names of the students selected are Nidhi Singh from Physics, Radha Yadav from Sanskrit, Pragya Mishra from Statistics, Akansha Yadav from Economics, Devyani Srivastava from Chemistry, Tahseen from Urdu, Shikha Rawat from Mathematics, Neha Lodhi from Sanskrit, Shikha Singh from English, and Priya from the Physics department.
Dean Students’ Welfare, Prof. Poonam Tandon, said that the purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial aid to financially challenged female research scholars to meet their academic expenses and pursue their research without any hindrance. It can help needy students overcome their financial problems and focus on their studies.
This will be the third phase of the Shodh Medha programme. In the last three years, vice chancellor of Lucknow University Prof. Alok Kumar Rai has launched a number of new programmes in the interest of the students, including Karmayogi, Karmodaya, and Shodhmedha. As a result, the students are receiving financial aid as well as fantastic opportunities for overall development.