Needy and bright students taking up their postgraduate studies at JKUAT will benefit from philanthropic scholarships to be offered by Tata Africa starting this April (2013).
According to the Tata Africa Holdings (Kenya) Limited Executive Director, Naresh K. Leekha who paid a courtesy call on the JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga in her office, the short listing of the students to benefit from the scholarship will be carried out by the University, with his company getting involved at the point of admission. He said the scholarships were open to all, and were not restricted to any particular field of study.
The Executive Director noted that his company had settled for the needy and bright so as to give the disadvantaged an opportunity to realize their dreams, as well as tap their intellect for the good of the country’s development and growth. He pointed out that the programme takes into consideration gender equity, while the beneficiaries were to be naturally born Kenyans who were ready to study in local institutions so that they could after their study, plough back their knowledge and expertise in building the country.
Mr. Leekha noted that his company was dedicated to ensuring that even the less fortunate were given an equal opportunity through its corporate social responsibility programme. Besides the provision of scholarships, said the executive director, his company would help the beneficiaries’ network with other students in other countries either in similar or different fields.
While thanking Mr. Leekha, Prof. Imbuga hailed Tata Africa for the gesture that would otherwise benefit many families in the country. She urged the company’s management to consider opening up other areas of collaborations such as internship for the students in the university, especially in areas of packaging as well as processing of agricultural products.