The daunting dream of higher studies will soon turn into a reality for as many as 40 visually impaired girls.

The girls have received scholarships to pursue higher education via UDIS Forum, a network that assists people with disabilities.

“The scholarship has been offered by Marga-Schulze Foundation to assist visually impaired girls,” said experts at a two-day workshop jointly organised at Yashwant Kala Mahavidyalay, Garkheda Parisar, in Aurangabad by the National Association for the Blind (NAB), Unit Maharashtra and UDIS Forum on Tuesday.

“The scheme provides scholarships for students in graduate and post-graduate courses.  The scholarship funds upto Rs 10,000 per year for three years to cover the students’ education, it covers tuition and accommodation expenses for an under-graduate course separately.  The PG a scholarship goes up to Rs 18,000 per annum,” explained A A Deshpande, Aurangabad district unit NAB president.

While explaining the general guidelines of the scheme, Munshettiwar said students can contact the UDIS forum or All India Confederation of the Blind for any guidance regarding courses to be selected, colleges in the vicinity etc., if needed.

The students, after getting admission in the colleges of their choices, should write to the UDIS forum or All India Confederation of the Blind for an application for the scholarship.

The application form can also be downloaded from the website www.davo.in and www.aicb.org.in.

Source: Times of India