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It is known that illiteracy leads to poverty and iniquitous growth and that education is by far the most powerful tool for socio-economic transformation. India's low literacy levels are well below the world average of 84% is a cause for concern and, thus, an area of focus for the Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation.

Major Initiatives:
Chinmaya Vidyalaya Therubali, Rayagada.

Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Therubali (CVT) is a quality educational institution in the country having classes LKG to Standard XII. The genesis of this school in 1980 was a culmination of the vision of Late Dr. Bansidhar Panda and Late Mrs. Ila Panda and the philosophy of Swami Chinmayananda. The school is affiliated to the C.B.S.E, New Delhi and has English as its medium of education. CVT aims at all round development of the students and conducts extracurricular activities and exposure symposiums. Students of this school are representing the school in different state level and national level platforms.

Support to Schools

BIPF assists schools to repair & upgrade the infrastructure such as class rooms, laboratories, drinking water facilities and toilets. In this regard, we signed a MoU with the Department of SC & ST, Govt of Odisha, to adopt few schools in Jajpur district. The Schools facilities were upgraded with dedication and sincerity so that the children can study with focus. We specifically look at constructing girls' toilets so as to increase the attendance of girls in schools.

BIPF provides leadership to several schools in Rayagada, Keonjhar, Jajpur and Choudwar which were built with the active support of IMFA.

Professor Ghanashyam Dash Scholarship for Higher Education

Scholarships to meritorious students; in particular, the "Professor Ghanashyam Dash Scholarship for Higher Education" which funds up to 90% of the total expenses in a year, are given to those economically disadvantaged students pursuing a degree in engineering & medicine.

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