The programme, which had begun on April 29 and witnessed enrollment of 525 pupils (285 boys and 240 girls) who have appeared Class X examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education in the year 2013 from 11 peripheral high schools. The programme provided them a much-needed platform to learn about varied career options to pursue their future studies in different faculties and institutions on the launching day of the programme, which was inaugurated by Dr Saroj Kumar Mahapatra, VP, HR, JSPL.
The objective of the programme was to assist students in making right career choice by providing them with multifaceted career-related information, multiple options available in different subjects, basic qualification needed and future prospects in tune to their academic strength.
Lighting the lamp at the valedictory function, Mr Rakesh Kumar, President (F&C), JSPL, said, "If all the 525 students - who underwent this programme- opt for higher studies after matriculation in their specific areas of interest and strength, then its objective will be achieved." He also said that JSPL would be considering need-based material and academic support to the meritorious and deserving students who are aspiring to pursue higher studies despite adverse socio-economic situations, so that the real purpose of such type of special initiative will be achieved.
Mr. Prashant Hota, Vice-President (CSR & CC), JSPL, said that every subject has its own strength and success depends on how passionately you pursue it. "If your objective is clear and you choose the right course to pursue your action plan, God will help you to achieve that goal; hence, always follow your dream and chase it with passion to succeed in life." "JSPL, as a part of its corporate mission and vision will support the needy and deserving students in its periphery," he added.
Two educationists - Dr K.K.Ghosh, former Principal of Angul Women's College and Dr Dibakar Sahoo, former principal, Boinda College, counselled the students during this programme. Both of them profusely thanked JSPL and particularly its President Mr Rakesh Kumar for visualising and mentoring such a unique programme for Angul rural students.
"All the participating students found this programme to be an eye-opener, very useful in choosing career options," said Kailash Chandra Behera, teacher, Centenary Tribal High School, Parang.
"This programme intends to help us decide what career options available before us henceforth and here I got to decide that I'll opt for Science and become a police officer in future," said Sushree Sangeeta Sahoo of Malikeswar High School.
Mrs. Puspalata Satapathy, HOD CSR, JSPL, anchored the programme and guided the students to fill up the Feedback form, which will help JSPL to improve the programme contents in future.
At the end of the programme, Ms Sangeeta Sharma, teacher, O.P. Jindal School, proposed a vote of thanks. Mr. Subahash Ray and Mrs Baijanti Mallick from Team CSR, JSPL conducted the programme.