Kiran Girls Scholarship and Mentoring Program
Empowering underprivileged girls with Information Technology and Computer Science education that can help them prepare for employment in the field.
Scholarships of INR 40,000 are awarded every year to 40 students until graduation. Ten affirmative action students are also onboarded in the program. Mentoring is provided to the students and they get exposure from the first year of graduation to make them industry-ready. Summer & winter residential school are being organized in Pune and Bangalore for second- & third-year students, focusing on enhancing technical and soft skills. Students are given opportunities to attend seminars across India, as well as to do their final year projects at Persistent Systems. These sessions boost the confidence of the students. We set criteria for the continuation of the scholarship and offer guidance on various issues on academics, college, financial problems, peers & personal issues.
We have observed that many Kiran scholars tend to be the first educated member in their families. Our mentoring sessions help them experience the corporate environment and improve their technical capabilities and soft skills. This helps reduce their anxiety during interviews and when they start working. Since 2010, we have onboarded 401 students. This scholarship has helped many students continue their education and has placed them in reputed organizations. Till FY 2022-22, 16 students have been placed at Persistent Systems. The average salary package of the student is INR 6.5 lakh annually, with the highest package to date being INR 43 lakh. A few of the scholars have completed their post-graduation and are preparing for civil service examinations.
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