Shiksha Sopan is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) whose aim is to impart value-based education to economically weaker sections of our society. Its various activities are focused in and around the campus of IIT Kanpur. The working philosophy of Shiksha Sopan stands on three fundamental pillars -Shiksha, Sanskar, and Swavalamban.
a) Dr. V.N. Kulkarni Merit Scholarship
Dr. V.N. Kulkarni Merit Scholarship was instituted by Shiksha Sopan in 2011 to provide support to meritorious children from economically backward families living in the vicinity of IIT Kanpur. The scholarship was initiated in the memory of Late Prof. V.N. Kulkarni of department of Physics at IIT Kanpur. He was an excellent experimental physicist and equally good social worker and an independent thinker. This scholarship is given to students from classes VI-XII.
b) Shree Ganesh Prasad Verman (SGPV) Uchch Shiksha Prakalp
This initiative was taken by Shiksha Sopan in the memory of Shree Ganesh Prasad Verma. His aim was to enlighten those sections of the society which remained outside the reach of formal education and lacked means to develop their inner potential. This initiative provides financial support in the form of monetary grants/loans to pursue academics after Intermediate (10+2). This financial aid is given to bright students who belong to the economically weaker sections of the society.
Scholarship distribution program was conducted at Sopan Ashram on 14 Oct. 2021. Sixteen students were awarded Dr. V.N. Kulkarni Merit Scholarship and fiver were awarded Shree Ganesh Prasad Verma Uchch Shiksha Prakalp. Dr. Manjesh Kumar Singh (Prof., Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IITK) and Dr. Deepak Dhingra (Prof., Dept of Earth Sciences, IITK), his father, Mr. Vishnu Dutt Dhingra, and Dr. H.C. Verma graced the occasion with their presence. Recipients of SGPV shared the importance of receiving benefits from this scholarship and spoke about the stream they were pursuing. Dr. Deepak Dhingra and his father interacted with the audience and shared their experiences of life and earth sciences.