For all the progress made since India’s independence, higher education in the country still faces challenges in critical areas such as access and quality. More than 60 percent of the country’s population falls in the age group of 15-59, and this calls for a greater need for attention towards higher education in our country. An ASSOCHAM survey highlights the rising cost of higher education not just in private institutions but also in government-run institutions, where the fees of undergraduate programmes have been hiked by nearly 80 percent.
The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation strongly believes in promoting excellence and innovation by providing financial support to students and mid-career professionals through an array of scholarships and fellowship programmes. The Foundation also supports educational institutes through a range of fellowships and chairs, enabling research, medical and surgical training and the preservation of architectural heritage.
ScholarshipsThe Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation promotes academic excellence by enabling deserving students across the country to access quality higher education. The Foundation provides a wide array of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence and all-round development. The Foundation also facilitates a mentoring programme that aims to create a network of excellence.
Fellowship ProgrammesOnly 3.5 percent of the global research output in 2010 was from India. A recent survey by Thomson Reuters highlights that in most disciplines, India’s contribution to the global research output has been below the overall average. The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation supports educational institutes through a range of fellowship programmes that enables research across subject areas.
Civil Society InitiativesRecognising the role of civil society initiatives in the education sector, the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation partners with select organisations and institutions to promote quality-based models of education. Accessibility, excellence and equal opportunities are the core principles that are kept in mind while selecting projects to support.