Tata Steel Foundation awards Jyoti Fellowship to 298 students

Udaan 2023 chronicles achievements of local communities

Berhampur: Tata Steel Foundation launched the community engagement programme “Udaan-2023” and awarded Jyoti Fellowship to 298 meritorious students at the Biju Patnaik Auditorium in Gopalpur on Thursday.
The theme for the two-day programme for this year is “Building a Culture of Climate Resilience through Disaster Risk Reduction”.
Attending the inaugural ceremony of the fifth edition of Udaan as the chief guest, Shri Dibya Jyoti Parida, IAS, Collector and District Magistrate, Ganjam highlighted the need to bring innovation in agricultural practices. The Collector said, “Resilience should become core to our developmental strategies, and it is high time we ingrain the use of technology to understand the complications of climate change.”
The objective underlying the fellowship award is to enable students from economically backward SC/ST families to accomplish their educational and career aspirations. The total amount disbursed at Gopalpur this year under the fellowship is Rs 14.3 Lakh.
The day also focused on bringing together women Self-Help Group (SHG) members and adolescent girls from periphery villages to attend workshops on enterprise development, women’s rights, leadership development and gender mainstreaming through Tata Steel Foundation’s flagship program, DISHA. Entrepreneurs and social activists facilitated the discussions and focused on developing a roadmap for the development of women in the area.
Owing to the theme for this year, UDAAN aims to be a platform to promote climate resilience and disaster and risk reduction and management among the youth, women and farmer communities in Ganjam.
The Gopalpur unit has integrated its work in disaster risk reduction with climate change adaptation to ensure sustainable development. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ambika Nanda, CSR Head, Odisha, said “Udaan aims to bring together communities to advance the adaptation agenda.”
During the second part of first day event, Smt. Sanghamitra Dalei, Mayor, Berhampur Municipal Corporation and Smt. Kasturi Mohapatra, social activist and writer, deliberated inspiring talks to motivate women SHGs to scale new heights.
The two-day programme will conclude on Friday with a farmer-scientist interface where the focus will be on promoting climate-resilient agriculture.

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