Dr. V N Kulkarni Merit Scholarship
Dr V N Kulkarni Merit Scholarship was instituted by Shiksha Sopan in the year 2011 to provide support to meritorious children from poor families, living in the vicinity of IITK campus. The scholarship was started in the memory of Late Dr. V N Kulkarni, Professor of Physics at IITK . He was an excellent experimental physicist and equally good social worker and thinker. His short life of 56 years was devoted to strengthening India, through scientific manpower training and also through developing strong bonds with Indian culture and thoughts.
Test for scholarship is conducted once a year for the students of Classes 5, 8 and 10. Students of Class 5 get Rs. 1500 per year for 3 years; students of Class 8 get Rs 2000 for 2 years and students of Class 10 get Rs 3000 for 2 years. The schools in 3 km vicinity of IITK participate in the test. The process adopted is to select meritorious students who are most needy.
He has flair for Maths. He is one of the four children of a gardener, who resides in servant quarter of IITK campus. When family was burdened by debt taken at the time of girl’s marriage, the scholarship came as a boon. He has many plans for future "When I am angry, I want to become Police Officer. When I become normal self, I think I will do engineering".
He wants to join Indian Air Force. Son of a private security guard, he finds it difficult to buy books. He has faced hardships of life at a tender age and the VNK scholarship was a big help "I could only afford books or copies. Now with the scholarship I get both".