CHENNAI: Anusuya L, student from the Corporation School at Tondairpet High Road walked out of the Corporation office at Ripon building with a smile and a cheque signed by the Mayor of Chennai. The Corporation has sponsored her counseling fee of `5,000. A first generation learner from her family, she had obtained a whopping score of 199.25, securing the 694th rank in the State. Awaiting her counselling on Thursday, she hopes to make it to one of the government medical colleges in Chennai.
“It is laudable that the Corporation sponsors the counselling fee for deserving candidates. My daughter has worked so hard to bag this score and the government has eased our burden by sponsoring the counselling fee,” said an emotional Lingesh Kumar, Anusuya’s father. Additional Educational Officer Perinbaraj P said that the Corporation had allocated funds to sponsor the counselling fee for the top 100 students each in the MBBS and TNEA rank list. He expressed delight at the increase in the pass percentage (89%) this year, which allowed the Corporation double the number of scholarships this year.
“We have opened our funds for 100 candidates each in BE and MBBS. In case a few from the top 100 do not avail of the same, it will be awarded to others as well, with preference given to the student with a higher score,” he added.
Not leaving behind students from arts and commerce streams, the Corporation has allotted `7,000 each for 100 meritorious B Com, BA and B Sc aspirants. Scholarships worth `10,000 would be given to 50 students seeking BSc Nursing.
While these students need to apply for the scholarships, for their engineering and medicine couunterparts, the call letter for counselling would suffice.