The Special Education Sponsorship Programme provides deserving students the opportunity to enrol in reputed quality institutions of higher learning.
The grant covers one or more of the following expenses: tuition/course fees, hostel and mess charges, educational materials, travel expenses and pocket money.
The recipients of the scholarship undergo parallel coaching classes along with their Intermediate Pre-University (P.U.) course to prepare for specific university entrance examinations.
Children in RDT project areas belonging to marginalized and disadvantaged communities having a set minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) are eligible to take RDT’s Common Entrance Exam (RDT-CET).
RDT staff monitors the progress of students through regular visits. They check on students’ attendance, involvement in academic and extracurricular pursuits and they tackle any issues the students might be facing locally.
The management of the various colleges also report to RDT, as well as to the parents, sending report cards and score sheets.
Each year, RDT grants around 300 scholarships.
As of April 2017, 1,635 students where pursuing intermediate, technical/professional or university studies under the programme.
353 scholarship recipients have secured jobs in MNCs, Government agencies and hospitals.
“I feel very happy to be a part of RDT’s educational programmes and contributing my bit towards fulfilling the dreams of our country’s children and helping them become successful citizens of tomorrow. It gives me immense joy and satisfaction to see children reach great heights irrespective of their caste or economic background. Even more contending is to see the parents having the sense of pride in their eyes seeing their children perform so well.”
Shekanna, Training Team Member (Education), RDT
“I never knew how far I could reach higher considering my rural background and gender bias. Although my parents were not highly educated, they were always keen on us studying in good schools. In this pursuit, I wrote an entrance examination for admission into a residential school in which I stood first. I went to A.P. Government Residential School in Gooty and joined Class VI. Here, for the first time, I heard of RDT from my teachers and seniors.
I took the Class X exam in 2007 and scored 94%, securing the first rank in my batch. I could join Sri Chaithanya Mahila Kalasala in Vijayawada, where RDT not only paid my tuition fees, hostel fees, and cost of books but also provided me with pocket money for other expenses.
Coming from a Telugu language background, initially I struggled a lot to cope with the education due to the English teaching medium. But with hard work and consistency, I could overcome all those hurdles and by the second year I was confident enough to appear in all entrance examinations. Ultimately, I got into the Electronics and Communications Engineering programme at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Ananthapuram, where I was awarded the gold medal for being ranked first in my batch.
B. Venkatalakshmi, Special Education Scholarship Batch, 2012