Santoor Scholarship Program: Empowering Young Women to Pursue Higher Education

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Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting announces the seventh edition of the Santoor Scholarship Program, in association with Wipro Cares. This program provides financial support to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire to pursue higher education after grade 12.  The program is open to women across the four states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh. 

As per the latest reports, the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) for women in the country (for 18-21 years) stands at 27.3%, a figure that highlights the urgent need for initiatives like the Santoor Scholarship Program. Particularly alarming is the extremely low GER of 8% among young women from disadvantaged communities and underserved minority groups. Financial constraints have long been identified as a primary obstacle, leading to low enrolment rates, high dropout rates, premature marriages, and untimely entry into the labor market.

Recognizing that education is a collective responsibility that goes beyond individuals or families, the Santoor Scholarship Program was established in 2016-17, with the objective of contributing to a more just and equitable world by enabling access to higher education. The program provides financial support of INR 24,000 per annum, covering tuition, living, and other related expenses, for young women who wish to pursue higher education after completing Grade 12. So far, the Santoor Women’s Scholarship Program has provided 6000+ scholarships. This year we are offering 1900 scholarships across the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh. 

“We believe that education is a key enabler of social change. Empowering women with better education helps in contributing to a more just, equitable, and humane society. The Santoor Scholarship Program for women is designed to work towards this fundamental change across diverse communities and regions and specifically targeted at underserved backgrounds. At its core, this program embodies our commitment to fostering social change at the grassroots through education serving as a key enabler of multi-generational change at the individual, family and   community levels remarked Mr. P.S Narayan, Global Head – Sustainability and Social Initiatives, Wipro Limited.

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