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At DCT, we've been concentrating on two programs.
Scholarship Program (Encourage Brilliance Among the
The goal of this program is to identify the best merit and poorest of the poor students and offer them financial help needed to pursue higher studies. Applicants from the Govt schools/colleges are given high priority since the reason they are not in Private institutions is because of their financial constraints. Each year we invite applications for fresh as well as renewal scholarships.
1. Screening & Short listing of Applications
All applications received are screened and short listed based on merit of the applicant AND financial status of his/her family. The minimum % of marks the applicant should maintain throughout is 75%. However, there will be a relaxation in the % criteria for physically handicapped and girls from rural villages for obvious reasons. The applications from private school/college students will not be considered at all.
Each short listed applicant will be informed through a call letter to attend a personal interview along with his/her parent/guardian. The applicant will also be asked to bring the following supporting documents for review during the interview process.
Copy of Income Certificate from MRO
- Copies of Marks Lists from X class onwards
- Copy of Rank Card /Score Card (in case of entrance exams line CEEP, EAMCET, ECET etc)
- Passport size photo (colour or black & white)
- Any other merit certificates showing the academic excellence of the applicant
2. Personal Interview by DCT panel
The interview panel consists of at least 3 panel members and 1 consolidator. The panel members try to get an idea of the applicant’s academic history and his/her desire for higher studies. The panel also tries to assess the parents’ income sources and their ability to support the applicant’s educational expenses.
Based on the conversation, each panel member gives a grade for each applicant. So, each applicant will have at least three grades one from each panel member. The possible values of grade are: A – Accept, R – Reject, N – Not Sure.
A – Accept: This applicant can be accepted as a genuine case at this time
R – Reject: This applicant is not eligible for DCT scholarship and can be rejected at this time
N – Not Sure: The panel member is not sure if the applicant is genuine or not. More information needs to be gathered before moving the grade to either ‘Accept’ or ‘Reject’.
On the other hand, the consolidator’s role is to note down all key points of the conversation in the spreadsheet he/she has. Once all applicants are interviewed, the consolidator takes the grades from all panel members and puts them in the same spreadsheet. At the end of this process, the consolidator comes up with a ‘Summary Sheet’ with all important information and grading details in it.
Note on Renewal Applicants
Since the renewal of DCT scholarship is NOT automatic each year, there are few things that the panel members verify before processing the renewal.
- Verify if the applicant maintains consistent performance in his/her academics. Reject the application if the performance is not up to the mark.
- Find out if there have been any new income-sources for the family. If so, investigate the details and see if the scholarship can be stopped OR reduced.
- Get (and file) all the receipts from school/college if the applicant used our scholarship for tuition fee/college fee. Unless there is proof that the scholarship amount was used for the purpose that was issued for, the renewal will not be processed.
3. Review by DCT-USA team
The ‘Summary Sheet’ prepared by the consolidator will be emailed to the DCT-USA team which consists of Chairman and other Advisory Members.
A thorough review is done on the information provided and grades given by panel members. The applicants with more/all ‘Reject’ grades will be eliminated and the others will be added to the preliminary list of finalists. However, the applicants with ‘N’ (Not Sure) grades will be given more emphasis in the next process (EVR) to gather more information so that the grade can be converted to either ‘Accept’ or ‘Reject’.
The preliminary list of finalists prepared here is emailed back to the DCT-INDIA team to initiate EVR (Eligibility Verification Report) process for each applicant in the list.
4. EVR (Eligibility Verification Report) – What, Why and How?
DCT is very sensitive to the genuineness of each applicant we sponsor and we make all efforts to see that we reach the poorest of the poor with best merit. We do not consider the Income Certificate from MRO as a complete evidence of economic backwardness of the family. The purpose of EVR is to make sure we pick up the most deserved applicants in the selection process. EVR is prepared for each applicant in the preliminary list of finalists prepared by DCT-USA team.
In some cases, the determination of the eligibility of applicant is simple and straightforward (for example, if the parent is a daily coolie, rickshaw puller, blacksmith, lorry driver, physically handicapped/mentally retarded etc.). However, in several other cases the decision is not that simple and we need to make sure we judge the applicant’s need correctly. For example, if the parent is a kirana shop owner, we do not know how big or how small is his shop. Also, if the parent is a farmer, he may not reveal the details like how much land he owns etc.
This is when EVR helps us. EVR is a form that needs to be filled out by the DCT member/volunteer for each short-listed applicant. The only goal here is to verify if the information provided in the application and the details shared during the interview process are correct and complete.
The person filling out this form needs to go through the initial application submitted by the applicant as well the information provided in the ‘Summary Sheet’. The next step is to contact head of the institution (school/college) where the applicant is admitted into or finished the course (whichever is applicable). The following details need to be verified:
- Whether the applicant’s conduct and behaviour are satisfactory
- Whether the applicant maintains good attendance in the class
- What is the applicant’s family’s financial status
The next step in the process is to visit the applicant’s village/town where his/her parents are living and find out the details regarding:
- What kind of house they are living in
- Whether they have any family members who are employed and earning
- Whether they possess any considerable assets like lands, houses etc.
Once these details are verified, a final grade is entered in the EVR for each applicant.
(A – Accept, R – Reject, N – Not Sure)
A – Accept: This applicant is qualified for DCT scholarship
R – Reject: This applicant is NOT qualified for DCT scholarship
N – Not Sure: Enough information could not be gathered to reach a decision on this applicant.
5. Selection of Finalists and Distribution of Scholarship
After reviewing the grades from EVR for each applicant, a final decision is taken by DCT-USA team (Chairman and other Advisory members) about the issue and amount of scholarship.
All finalists will be informed to attend a get together in Yeleswaram (DCT’s head office location) where the scholarship amounts are distributed to each of them.
All information about the finalized applicants and pictures of the distribution function will be published on the DCT’s web site (http://www.dasuramcharitabletrust.org)
Summary of Activity till date
|Year||No. of Scholarships||Amount Awarded||Details||Pictures|
Community Development Program
"Hitherto the villagers gave their lives and died in thousand so that we might live. Now we might have to die so that they may live. The difference will be fundamental. The former have died unknowingly and involuntarily. Their enforced sacrifice has degraded us. If now we die knowingly, our sacrifice will ennoble us, and the whole nation. Let us not flinch from the necessary sacrifice, if we will live as an independent, self-respecting nation" - Back to the Village (M.K.Gandhi, www.mkgandhi.org)
DCT started Community Development Program in 2003 with the belief that INDIA is to be found not in its few cities but in its hundreds of thousands of villages. We wanted to start with some thing small first and then change the gears slowly with the help of people like YOU.
We are now in the process of working with other NGOs who have already been doing great work for our villages. The fortunate thing is we do not have to reinvent the wheel all over again. Just learn some proven ideas and concepts from the successfully implemented projects and try to apply them to the villages that are near to us.
As our first effort towards this process, we were successful in conducting
a free medical (diabetic) camp in Yeleswaram village and treated 120 diabetic
patients. Each one of the patents was issued a report of his/her current diabetic score,
medicines for immediate control of the disease and the directions for follow up exams as
Pictures from the Medical Camp
We are planning for many more and bigger programs in near future and really appreciate if you can think of helping us in any way you can.