When was the Dasuram Charitable Trust established?
Dasuram Charitable Trust (DCT) was established as a non-profit organization in 2006 by giving scholarships to the school toppers in S.KOTA Mandal. It was officially registered in 2007 in Vishakapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.
What are various programs that DCT currently has?
We currently have Educational Scholarship Program and Community Development Program. Please visit our Programs sections for more details.
What is the criteria for selecting students under Scholarship Program?
Academic excellence and financial disability are the only criteria to be eligible for DCT scholarship.
How are the applications screened?
The applications are carefully sorted based on the merit and family income. The income certificate from the Mandal Revenue Officer (MRO) is only a starting point in the screening process but DCT doesn't consider it as final proof. All short listed candidates are called in for a personal interview along with his/her parent/guardian.
What happens during the Interview process?
The interview is conducted one-on-one basis along with the parent/guardian. The student's academic history, his desire for higher studies as well as the parent's financial position is assessed by the interview committee. In some cases, the determination of the need is simple and straightforward (the parent is a daily coolie, small time tailor, rikshaw puller, blacksmith, mentally/physically retarded and the student is under someone else's care etc.). In other cases the decision is not simple and we make sure we do a rigorous background checking (sending our volunteers to the respective village to inquire and personally see the family's position etc.). Once the committee finalizes the deserving candidates, we mail letters asking them to attend the scholarship distribution meeting and collect the cash award.
In summary, DCT is very sensitive to the issue of genuineness of the candidate and we put all efforts to ensure that the most deserving students receive the scholarship.
How much DCT allocates per each student?
The scholarship amount is not fixed. It is decided on several factors such as, the education level of the student, other resources he/she currently has such as govt. scholarships, need for commuting to school/college etc. For ex. there were some students who commute to the college by bicycle 15 miles each way. For those students, in addition to the scholarship amount, DCT bought bus passes for them for the entire year.
How does DCT process the renewals of scholarships? Are they automatic?
No, the renewals are NOT automatic. The student is expected to maintain consistent performance in the class. The marks/results are reviewed by the committee members before announcing the renewal each year.
Tell me about Community Development Program at DCT?
The Community Development Program was started in 2006 with an intent to help the villagers to the extent that we can. We started with re-construction of a primary school building with Rs. 10,000/- in Yeleswaram village. Later, we held a free medical camp (diabetic) and treated 120 diabetic patients with the help of a diabetic specialist doctor in Kakinada, East Godavari Dist, A.P.
How can I get involved and support DCT?
We are thankful to you for the very thought of supporting DCT activities. We do not have any guidelines for our supporters. You are the best judge to decide what you are and how much (and in what way) you can contribute to our society. So, we leave it up to you to let us know what way you can offer your HELP. We will be lucky and grateful to have YOU in our team and we are sure we together can do more and better for the needy people. Little things make a big difference.