Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik (RCS) presented scholarships worth Rs. 2, 20,000 to eleven visually challenged college and university students at a function held on November 12. The funds had been raised through the unique fund-raiser ‘Rotary Dinner in the Dark’ held earlier this year. Part of the funds also came through a number of people pledging additional support to RCS for ensuring that talented visually impaired students are able to complete their education and achieve success in life.

Mr. A K Dua, Former Secretary, Chandigarh Social Welfare Board was the Chief Guest and he handed over the first installment cheques of Rs. 10,000 each to the 11 students. The second installment of Rs. 10,000 would be given after the results of the first semester.

A jury decided to confer the scholarships of Rs. 20,000 each to the eleven talented but economically weak visually impaired students: Sourab Southa (Late Col. Harsharan Sandhu Scholarship), Manoj Kumar (Late H S Malik Scholarship), Neeru (Late Sarabjit Singh Scholarship), Rizwan Ansari (Late Col. Bimal Jain Scholarship), Varun (Late Lt. Col. Ajeet Singh Judge Scholarship), Nisha (Late Mrs. Bimla Devi Laroia Scholarship), Tsering Chosphel (Late Col. Inderjeet Reen Scholarship), Harish Kumar Pandey (Late Bimla Devi Scholarship), Sajan Singh (Late Dr. Surinder Singh and Dr. Gurdeep Kaur Scholarship), Gurjot Singh (Harish and Rama Bhanot Scholarship) and Rajat Batra (Neerja Bhanot Scholarship).

Visibly happy at the success of the Rotary Dinner in the Dark project, Rtn. Aneesh Bhanot, President, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik said, “We have achieved our basic objectives : to ensure that ‘sighted’ people respect the blind by understanding how they smilingly face the problems they face in their daily lives and we were also able to raise funds for providing scholarships.”

According to Rtn. LK Gupta, Secretary, RCS, “We wanted to spread the message of ‘Respect the Visually Impaired’ through the Dinner in the Dark. One also learnt the true meaning of teamwork and having a positive attitude by attending the Dinner.”

The team of visually impaired youth who selflessly volunteered to be part of Rotary Dinner in Dark included Shiv, Amrinder, Navjot, Mohit, Kuljeet, Mita and Soni. They were assisted by volunteers including Rimpi, Falak, Sahil, Iqbal, Ladi etc

S. No. Title of Scholarship Name of Student Supported by
1 Neerja Bhanot Scholarship Rajat Batra   RCS/Shanti & Aneesh Bhanot
2 Rama and Harish Bhanot
Gurjot Singh   RCS/Shanti & Aneesh Bhanot
3 Dr. Surinder Singh and Dr. Gurdeep
Kaur Scholarship
Sajan Singh RCS/Maninder and Aman Nanda
4 Late Mrs. Bimla Devi Scholarship Harish Kumar Pandey RCS/Bimla Devi Memorial Charitable Trust, Sanjeev and Anjali Gandhi
5 Late Colonel Inderjeet Reen Scholarship Tsering Chospel RCS/Anita Reen
6 Late Mrs. Bimla Devi Laroia Scholarship Nisha RCS/Ashok and Indu Laroia
7 Late Lt. Col. Ajeet Singh Judge Scholarship Varun Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik
8 Late Col. Bimal Jain Scholarship Rizwan Ansari Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik
9 Late Sarabjit Singh Scholarship Neeru Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik
10 Late H S Malik Scholarship Manoj Kumar Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik
11 Late Col. Harsharan Sandhu Scholarship Sourab Southa Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik