Date: 24th Jan 2012
Time: 4 pm
Venue: CETAA HALL, College of Engineering Trivandrum
Not everyone in the world is blessed. There are students who hail from very poor background, who excel in their studies but are not fortunate enough to see the doorsteps of higher education. It is indeed disheartening to see these blooming talents wither away for the sheer reason of coming from the economically lower strata of society.
Though well aware of this misfortune, we as engineering students, at this stage cannot help these people financially. But 30 years from now, when all of us are well settled, we can think of providing such a chance for those students to come up. We can actually contribute to make a big difference to their lives by sponsoring their education or by awarding them with scholarships. The initiatives taken by the Malayalee Engineers Association (MEA) inspire us to do just that.
As a part of inspiring and encouraging the engineering students throughout the world, MEA has been helping the poor students who are very able to come up by providing them with the financial backup required .This noble deed on their part has inspired lot of engineers around the world.
One such initiative by MEA is the ‘Prafulla Memorial Scholarship ‘presented as a merit-cum-means scholarship to a lady engineering student from Kerala in honour of Mrs. PrafullaPillai (1967 Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Trivandrum)
The event started at 4:00pm on 24th of January 2012 at CETAA hall, CET.The guests consisted of various dignitaries from Kerala section, MEA and from the college. The gathering was first addressed by PG Dean Mrs. Valsala .She welcomed the dignitaries to our college.
Mr. Nallina Pillai, husband of Prafulla Pillai and also an alumni of CET, then addressed the gathering and briefly explained about MEA organization and the role it has been playing in promoting engineering in Kerala. He also explained about the MEA organization.
This was followed by presenting the cash and certificate to Kavya, a student of IIT Madras. Numerous other students were also awarded scholarships.
Mr. Satish Babu Sir did the honours and explained the present scenario of IEEE in the world and also thanked Mr. Nallina Pillai Sir for this new initiative of MEA.
Mr. Nallina Pillai’s son Deepak Pillai proposed the vote of thanks. The function concluded with tea and an informal talk by Mr. Nallina Sir with the organizers and coordinators of SBCET. He inspired everyone with his encouraging words and students had a wonderful experience sharing thoughts with him.
Mr. Suresh (Branch Counsellor, IEEE SBCET)
Mr. Sankar A(S6 EEE)