Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK. Whilst there is no ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, we are looking for the kind of people who have the passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future.

Because these scholarships are fully-funded (flights, accommodation, and course fees are all included), you are free to focus on achieving your professional goals and maximising the experience of a lifetime. You will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. On completing your studies, you will leave the UK equipped with the knowledge and networks necessary to bring your own ideas to life.

This section of the website contains all of the information you need in order to successfully submit an application. We encourage you to review it fully in order to ensure that you have the best possible chance of being selected for an award.

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Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship?

Applications for fully funded Chevening Scholarships to study for one-year master’s degrees at UK universities.

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Vidyadhan Scholarship for +1 Students

About Vidyadhan

Vidyadhan Scholarship Program from Sarojini Damodaran Foundation supports the college education of meritorious students from economically challenged families. The students are selected after completion of 10th grade /SSLC through a rigorous selection process including test and interview. Currently Vidyadhan program has around 5000 students across the following states: Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Goa, Odisha, New Delhi and Ladhak.

Those selected will be eligible for two year scholarship from the Foundation. If they continue to do well, they will be given scholarship for pursuing any degree course of their interest; these scholarships are directly through the foundation or external sponsors who have registered with the Foundation. The scholarship amount for graduation courses varies from Rs 10,000 to Rs 60,000 per year depending on the state, course, duration etc. The selected students will be required to attend the mentoring programs from the Foundation.

Students can apply free of cost on the website direclty. No other person or institutions have been authorized to select students on our behalf.

Scholarship Programs

Please see below for the currently open scholarship programs. Click on the program to see related information.

Scholarship Amounts

Scholarship amounts for 11th and 12th grades will be a maximum of Rs. 10,000/- year

Who Can Apply?

Students whose family annual income is less than Rs. 2 Lakhs and who have completed their 10th grade/BSEB exam in the year 2022 from Bihar. They should also have scored 80% or obtained 8 CGPA in their 10th Grade/SSC examination. The cutoff mark for students with disability is 65%. or 6.5 CGPA

Selection Process

SDF will shortlist the applicants based on their academic performance and the information provided in the application form. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for a short online test/interview.

Important Dates:
  • 30th September 2022: Application last date
  • 9th October 2022: Screening Test
  • 20th October to 23rd October 2022: Interview/Tests will be scheduled during this time frame. Exact date and location will be intimated to each of the shortlisted candidates.
Required Documents
  • Scanned copies of the following are required
    1. 10th Marksheet   (If original marksheet is not available , you can upload provisional /online marksheet from the SSLC/CBSE/ICSC website.)
    2. Photograph  
    3. Income Certificate   (from a competent authority; ration card not accepted.)
Contact Details

How To Apply? :

  1. You need to have a personal Email Account to apply online. DO NOT USE THE EMAIL ID of cyber café/DTP centre since all future communications will be sent to the registered email id. If you do not have an email ID, please create a new account in or with any other email service providers. Please memorize the email login and password for future use.
  2. While registering a new account you will be asked for details like:
    1. First Name: Please mention your first name as per your educational records.
    2. Last Name: Please mention your last name as per your educational records.
    3. Email ID: Please mention your email address and do not forget to regularly check this email account for our intimation. For future login, use the email id.
    4. Vidyadhan Password: Please choose a complex password for the user name you have created above. The Password should have at least 8 characters. This password is not same as the password you have created for the email id. When you log into the vidyadhan application next time, you have to use the email id and the vidyadhan password you have created. Please remember it; do not write it anywhere for security reasons. If you forget the password then you can retrieve it by clicking “Forgot Password” link in the Home Page.
  3. Click on “Apply Now ” button. An email will be sent to your email account with account activation link.
  4. Please open your email in a new window and open the account activation email. Click on the activation link provided in that email. This will open the home page with a message that Account is activated and a login form to proceed further.
  5. Please login with the email id and the vidyadhan password that you have entered in Step 2 above while registering a new account.
  6. After you login you can see a link “Help” on the main menu. You can click on that link to read help and instructions for creating an application, updating and tracking it.
  7. Please select the appropriate scholarship program from the list available programs and click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to create your application.
  8. After creating the application you can edit it and make changes by clicking on Edit Application on top of the application.
  9. After you complete the application and submit, you will get a message “submission successful”. However please note that the application will be considered complete only after you upload the mandatory documents and photograph.
  10. Please check your email regularly for communication and updates from SDF.

Vidyadhan provides scholarships from Grade 11 onwards till graduation.

Scholarships range from Rs. 10,000 to Rs 60,000 per year, through the duration of their course.

Over 23,000 Free UGC Courses to be Offered on New Portal, Read Details

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to offer more than 23,000 free UGC courses on its new higher education portal. These courses will constitute 23,000 postgraduate courses, 25 non-engineering SWAYAM courses, and 137 SWAYAM MOOC courses in emerging areas. 

All of the abovementioned courses will be offered free of charge to enhance “the accessibility of higher education in remote parts of the country”, says UGC. The portal will be launched today – Friday (29 July) – and will include programmes in nine languages. 

Free UGC Courses – Overview

UGC Announcement Free UGC Courses to Students via New Higher Education Portal
No. of CoursesMore than 23,000
Launch Date29 July 2022
Included ProgrammesArtificial Intelligence (AI)  Cyber Security  Biomolecules: Structure Function in Health & Disease  Early Childhood Care & Education  Animation  & More
Language of InstructionHindi, Tamil, Bangla, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and English (nine in total )
How to Access Courses?Using Smartphones, Tablets, and Laptops/Computers By Visiting UGC Common Service Centres (CSC) and Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Centres
Portal Launched ByUGC and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)
Portal LinkTo be Updated 

Free UGC Courses – Important Details

  • The UGC portal for the free courses will be launched as a part of the second anniversary of the National Education Policy 2020. 
  • To do so, the commission is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). 
  • To offer the courses on the portal, the ministry will integrate the e-resources along with their Common Service Centres (CSC) and Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) centres on the UGC free courses portal.
  • UGC has designated 7.5 lakh CSCs and SPVs that will help impart these courses for the 2022-23 academic session.
  • There are a total of 23,000 postgraduate courses, 137 SWAYAM MOOC courses, and 25 non-engineering SWAYAM courses on the free UGC course portal.
  • The courses will be made available in nine languages – Hindi, Tamil, Bangla, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and English.
  • Students can use these free UGC courses to gain knowledge about the subjects they are learning in college or to take upto 40% credit of the courses and store them in the Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) system. 
  • The commission will also offer degrees through its Digital University, when the university is launched. For now, students can earn 40% of their course credits from these free courses. 

How to Access the Free UGC Courses?

Students can access the free UGC courses in two ways: 

  1. Directly: Through their smartphones
  2. Indirectly: By visiting the Common Service Centres (CSC) and Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) centres located near them. 

How to Access Free UGC Courses Directly?

To do so, the candidate needs:

  • A smartphone, tablet, or laptop/computer.
  • A stable internet connection.

Once these two things are procured, the candidate can:

  • Visit the free UGC courses portal
  • Create a new account for free
  • Get access to the courses
  • Start studying

How to Access Free UGC Courses Indirectly?

This method can be used if the candidate does not have a smartphone and stable internet connection. In such a case, they can visit the nearest Common Service Centres (CSC) and Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) centres located in their villages, towns, and cities. 

Since there are 7 lakh 50 thousand of these centres around the country, candidates will be able to find them easily. 

These centres are being managed by local entrepreneurs, also known as village level entrepreneurs (VLEs). The centres have computers and internet connectivity that students can benefit from. Although there are no charges for accessing the courses, the student has to pay a fee of Rs 20 per day (or Rs 500 per month) to use the computers and the internet facility at the centres. This is done so as to reimburse the VLEs efforts and cost of their infrastructure.

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UGC to launch portal for online courses

The University Grants Commission, in collaboration with MeiTY, will launch a portal to offer undergraduate and postgraduate digital courses in eight languages for the benefit of rural students

On Friday, the University Grants Commission will launch a portal to offer undergraduate and postgraduate digital courses. The UGC is collaborating with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for this purpose.

The Commission will integrate its e-resources with the ministry’s common service centres (CSC) and special purpose vehicle (SPV) centres.

UGC chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar said the commission had tied up with MeitY recently not only “to make the last mile connectivity a possibility” but also ensure students could access the content in regional languages besides English.

Over five lakh CSCs and SPVs are functioning across the country. They are run by village-level entrepreneurs to provide e-governance services at people’s doorstep.

The UGC is tapping into this internet connectivity to offer 137 Swayam MOOC courses and 23,000 PG courses in 25 subjects. They include artificial intelligence; academic writing; corporate law, cyber security, and digital library.

The courses will be available in eight languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Bangla, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada besides English.

“The courses will be available on a single portal. It is launched as part of the second anniversary of National Education Policy 2020. Students can access all these courses immediately through CSC/SPVs across the country or on their own devices with internet connectivity,” said Mr. Kumar.

Though the courses are offered for free, students will have to pay service charges amounting to ₹20 a day or ₹500 a month for using the CSC/SVP. The money would be used to reimburse the village-level entrepreneurs who run the centres and the cost of infrastructure, Mr. Kumar said.

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Parents’ role in Child Protection

Children are our Nation’s most precious resource, but as children, they often lack the skills to protect themselves. It is our responsibility, as parents and responsible citizens, to safeguard children and to teach them the skills to be safe.

Every home and school should teach children about safety and protection measures. As a parent, you should take an active interest in your children and listen to them. Teach your children that they can be assertive in order to protect themselves against abduction and exploitation. And most importantly, make your home a place of trust and support that fulfills your child’s needs. Together we can protect our future generation by teaching them to be smart, strong, and safe.

Tips for discussing child safety

  • A parent is the best person to teach a child about personal safety.
  • Inculcate in your child effective personal safety skills, Smart Thinking and strong character.
  • Age and maturity matter. There is no perfect age when parents should begin teaching children about personal safety. A child’s ability to comprehend and practice safety skills is affected by age, educational, and developmental levels.
  • LISTEN to your children. Know your children’s daily activities and habits. Listen to what they like and what they don’t like. Encourage open communication. Let your children know they can talk to you about any situation. Reassure your children that their safety is your #1 concern.
  • TEACH your children. Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do. Reinforce the importance of the “buddy system.” It’s OK to say NO – tell your children to trust their instincts.
  • Get INVOLVED Know where your children are at times. Your children should check in with you if there is a change in plans.
  • There is no substitute for your attention and supervision PRACTICE safety skills with your child. Rehearse safety skills so that they become second nature.

Tips for parents to help their children stay safe

Safety at Home

  • Children should have a trusted adult to call if they’re scared or have an emergency.
  • Choose caregiver/nanny with care. Obtain references from family, friends, and neighbours. Once you have chosen the caregiver, drop in unexpectedly to see how your children are doing. Ask your children how the experience with the caregiver was, and listen carefully to their responses.

Safety in the Neighbourhood

  • Make a list with your children of their neighbourhood boundaries, choosing significant landmarks.
  • Interact regularly with your neighbours. Tell your children whose homes they are allowed to visit.
  • Don’t drop your children off alone at fair, market places, railway stations, bus stands or parks.
  • Teach your children that adults should not approach children for help or directions. Tell your children that if they are approached by an adult, they should stay alert because this may be a “trick.”
  • Never leave children unattended in an automobile. Children should never hitchhike or approach a car when they don’t know and trust the driver.
  • Children should never go anywhere with anyone without getting your permission first.
  • Children should never go anywhere with anyone without getting your permission first.

Safety at School

  • Be careful when you put your child’s name on clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes or bicycle license plates. If a child’s name is visible, it may put them on a “first name” basis with an abductor.
  • Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help. Make a map with your children showing acceptable routes to school, using main roads and avoiding shortcuts or isolated areas. If your children take a bus, visit the bus stop with them and make sure they know which bus to take.

What to do in an emergency

Precautionary Measures: Necessary Materials

  • Keep a complete description of your child.
  • Take colour photographs of your child every six months.
  • Keep copies of your child’s fingerprints.
  • Keep a sample of your child’s DNA.
  • Know where your child’s medical records are located.
  • Have your dentist prepare and maintain dental charts for your child.

What You Should Do In Case Your Child Is Missing

  • Immediately report your child missing to your local law enforcement agency. Dial 100 to contact Police.
  • Limit access to your home until law enforcement arrives and has the opportunity to collect possible evidence.
  • Give law enforcement investigators all information you have on your child including fingerprints, photographs, complete description and the facts and circumstances related to the disappearance.

What you should do if your child is lost

  • Get Help, Contact Friends and Relatives.
  • Look in places where child hides. Think, where can he/she go.
  • Dial 100 for Police Emergency line and Dial 1098 – 24 hour for Child Help line.
  • Phone Phanchayat/Ward Representative
  • Click Here to post details on the National Tracking system for missing and vulnerable children website.

Source : National Tracking System for Missing and Vulnerable Children

Children’s role in Child Protection

Rules for younger children

  • I KNOW my name, address, telephone number, and my parents’ names.
  • I always CHECK FIRST with my parents or the person in charge. I tell them before I go anywhere or get into a car, even with someone I know.
  • I always CHECK FIRST with my parents or a trusted adult before I accept anything from anyone, even from someone I know.
  • I always TAKE A FRIEND with me when I go places or play outside.
  • I SAY NO if someone tries to touch me or treat me in a way that makes me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
  • It’s OK to SAY NO, and I KNOW that there will always be someone who can help me.
  • I KNOW that I can TELL my parents or a trusted adult if I feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
  • I am STRONG, SMART, and have the right to be SAFE.

Rules for older children

  • DON’T GO OUT ALONE. There is safety in numbers. This rule isn’t just for little kids, it applies to teens, too.
  • ALWAYS TELL AN ADULT WHERE YOU’RE GOING. Letting someone know where you’ll be at all times is smart. If you’re faced with a risky situation or get into trouble, your family and friends will know where to find you.
  • SAY NO IF YOU FEEL THREATENED.If someone — anyone — touches you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, you have the right to say no. Whether it is pressure about sex, drugs, or doing something that you know is wrong, be strong and stand your ground.

What you can do at school

  • lways TAKE A FRIEND when walking or riding your bike to and from school. Stay with a group while waiting at the bus stop. It’s safer and more fun to be with your friends.
  • If an adult approaches you for help or directions, remember grownups needing help should not ask children for help; they should ask other adults.
  • If someone you don’t know or feel comfortable with offers you a ride, say NO .
  • If someone follows you, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. Always be sure to TELL your parents or a trusted adult what happened.
  • If someone tries to take you somewhere, quickly get away and yell, “This person is trying to take me away!” or “This person is not my father (mother)!”
  • If you want to change your plans after school, always CHECK FIRST with your parents. Never play in parks, malls, or video arcades by yourself.
  • If you go home alone after school, check to see that everything is okay before you go in. Once inside, call your parents to let them know that you are okay.
  • Trust your feelings. If someone makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, get away as fast as you can and TELL a trusted adult.

Source : National Tracking System for Missing and Vulnerable Children