Bharti Infratel Scholarship Program benefits students with disabilities

Bharti Infratel, one of the largest telecom tower infrastructure providers in India, today announced that its scholarship program for Persons-With-Disabilities (PWDs) has reached out to 117 students in its first year. This program is designed to benefit students across all eight Northern Eastern States of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Meghalaya.

Among the selected 117 students with disabilities, 13 of them are pursuing professional/technical courses, 87 students are pursuing graduation, 17 are pursuing post-graduation.

Speaking on the occasion, D.S. Rawat, MD & CEO, Bharti Infratel, said, “I am pleased to announce that Bharti Infratel Scholarship Program has been successful in supporting the career aspirations of 117 students with disabilities in its first year. Going ahead, we look forward to increase the number of deserving students under the initiative.”

Launched in partnership with Shishu Sarothi, a non-profit organisation, the primary objective of the ‘Bharti Infratel Scholarship Program’ is to provide financial support and aid the students with disabilities for pursuing professional or technical education, which in turn will help them get employment ready, and thus self-reliant. Shishu Sarothi implements and identifies deserving students from lower economic background.

Bharti Infratel Scholarship Program will start accepting applications for the year 2017-18 soon; date for which will be announced in the month of May. The call for applications will be published in different regional newspapers in the North-east region.

Some of the success stories in the last one year:

Azmal Hussain, a hearing impaired student from Assam’s Barpeta District got selected in IIT, Delhi.  Financial constraint came in between his dream of pursuing higher studies at the premiere institution but Bharti Infratel Scholarship Program helped him to live up to his dream. “I am immensely thankful to Bharti Infratel Scholarship Program which has assisted me to pursue higher studies from a prestigious institution. I believe the Project comes as a big encouragement for disabled students like me who wants to pursue higher education and dream of a bright future” Azmal says.

Visazo Kikhi from Nagaland, a student with locomotor disability who is pursuing his MBBS from Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala. He said, “The Bharti Infratel scholarship has reduced my family’s burden and helped me in fulfilling my dreams of becoming a doctor”.

About Bharti Infratel:

Bharti Infratel is a provider of telecom tower and related infrastructure sharing services. On a consolidated basis, we are one of the largest PAN India tower infrastructure providers, based on the number of towers owned and operated by Bharti Infratel and Indus, which are represented by Bharti Infratel’s 42% equity interest in Indus. The business of Bharti Infratel and Indus is to acquire, build, own and operate towers and related infrastructure.

In partnership with Bharti Foundation, it also provides free education to under privileged children in rural areas. Its programs (Satya Bharti Schools, Satya Bharti Learning Centres, Satya Bharti Quality Support Program) presently reach out to over 100,000 children from socially and economically challenged backgrounds, with special focus on the girl child.

Bharti Foundation has also engaged multiple partners to construct the toilets that will be durable and require little maintenance. This project, titled ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’, is being implemented in collaboration with State Government and local communities.

The foundation is also focused on bringing about a behavioral change through various sanitation campaigns spread over six states in India. Through this campaign over 43,000 children studying in 254 schools run by the foundation have worked as agents of change to bring awareness amongst the local population.

About Shishu Sarothi:

Shishu Sarothi is a registered non-profit voluntary organization, based in Assam, founded in the year 1987. Shishu Sarothi came into being due to the lack of services and rehabilitative measures available for people with disabilities. The organization aimed at filling this void by constructively proving support and assistance.