1) Nilaya Scholarship Award @
Sirsi on25-Nov-2012, Sunday
Similar to last year this year also Nilaya Foundation received large number of applications from Uttara Kannada district that too majority was from Sirsi taulk. Since number of students shortlisted for Scholarship from Sirsi and surrounding area was 15+, Nilaya Foundation volunteers decided to have function at Sirsi and meet all students face to face to award scholarships to students around Sirsi area.
2) Nilaya Scholarship Award @ Hubli on 4-Sep-2011, Sunday
Nilaya Foundation awarded Scholarship to 14 students in and around Hubli-Dharwad twin city limits. Scholarship distribution event was organized to coincide with ongoing chaturmasya mahotsava of H.H. Shri Shri Satyatma Teerth Swamiji of Uttaradi Mutt. On that day afternoon Shri Swamiji listened to NIlaya Foundation volunteers about Foundation efforts and expressed happiness recognizing Nilaya Foundation work. “stutyarha kelasa!!” were divine words from Swamiji. H.H. Shri Shri Satyatma Teertha Swamiji of Uttaradi Mutt distributed Scholarship to selected students and blessed them. On account of Chaturmasya evening, large gathering of devotees witnessed Nilaya Foundation function at Hubli.
We thank Uttaradi Mutt parivara and Hubli Chaturmasya organizing committee for giving us chance to share our words with larger audience. In the evening Swamiji gave very inspiring sandesha to all youths about need for transforming society, He highlighted role of youth in building society with character.
Four volunteers of Foundation attended this function and helped in arranging all logistics and ensured that function happened as per plan. Shri Sanjeev Kulkarni from Hubli helped Nilaya Foundation in many ways to organize this event. Special thanks to Shri. Sanjeev!
3) Nilaya Scholarship Award @ Swarnavalli on 13-Nov-2011, Sunday
Similar to last year this year also Nilaya Foundation received large number of applications from Uttara Kannada district that too majority was from Sirsi taulk. This year Nilaya Foundation received close to 400 applications from all parts of state and neighbouring states. Since number of students shortlisted for Scholarship from Sirsi and surrounding area was 10+, Nilaya Foundation volunteers decided to have function at Sirsi and meet all students face to face. Here was divine coincidence! Shri Shri Gangadharendra Saraswati Swamiji of Sonda-Swarnavalli Mutt was in Bangalore in October 2011 to launch Gita Abhiyana. We took that opportunity to meet swamiji and request him to grace function at Sirsi. Swamiji was delighted to hear about Nilaya Foundation and readily offered to host event at Swarnavalli Mutt to coincide with yearly Samskritotsava. Thus we decided 13-Nov-2011 as date for awarding scholarships to students around Sirsi area.
Overall 14 students were called on that day for receiving scholarships. Efforts were made to ensure that students attend function in person and receive same from H.H. Swamiji but in unavoidable cases parents were asked to receive scholarship on behalf of students. All 14 scholarships were awarded on that day by Swamiji, students and parents spent complete day along with Nilaya volunteers in the serene atmosphere of Swarnavalli Mutt. There was lot of interaction and in fact Nilaya team visited houses of 3 students to have quick interaction with students and family members.
This function was made possible mainly because of generous donations from donors. 10 out of 14 scholarships are sponsored by donors. Rupees 85,000.00 was total amount of scholarship awarded on that day, Individual scholarship ranged from 2,000 to 10,000 based on course and fee structure. Complete list of Students and respective Donors is provided in the Scholarships section of this web page.
We offer our pranams to Shri Gangadharendra Saraswati Swamiji of Swarnavalli mutt for giving us this opportunity. He blessed everyone on that occasion and called upon all Scholarship recipients to emulate work of Nilaya Foundation once recipients get into job. He stressed on the need to help to meritorious students to complete education. Function was presided by Vice Chancellor of Karnataka Samskrit University Shri Mallepuram G Venkatesh and other eminent Samskrit scholars. Nilaya Foundation wishes to thank each member of Swarnavalli Mutt parivar for arranging this function. Thanks to Shri Raja Rajeshwari Samskrita Pathashala staff who made this event memorable one! Shri. Ramesh Bhat of Shri Harsha Studio, famous photographer from Sirsi offered take come all the way to Swarnavalli and take snaps of the event free of cost. This was his way of doing Seva in this noble cause! Many thanks to him for nice gesture! It was day to remember to for Nilaya Foundation volunteers and students.
Some of snaps from that day event are posted here for more photos please click on picasa link below.
3) Nilaya Foundation Hand Book 2010-11
Nilaya Hand Book gives glimpse of Nilaya Foundation activity with special emphasis on previous year achievements. List of meritorious students who availed 2010-11 scholarship is included in this hand book. Interested to know more about Nilaya Foundation then please click NilayaFoundation Report June 2011