Kathmandu, May 25. Ncell Axiata Limited conferred Ncell Scholarships and Excellence Awards 2021 to the outstanding students of five different faculties of the Institute of Engineering (IoE), Pulchowk Campus on Wednesday, under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The scholarships and excellence awards were handed over amidst a ceremony organised at Ncell ICON, the headquarter of the company in Kathmandu along with the faculty of IoE and family members of the outstanding students.
The scholarship and excellence awards programme instituted in 2014 aims at encouraging technical education and recognises young talents who have demonstrated extraordinary academic excellence. Civil, Electrical, Electronics and Communication, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering are the five faculties that have been incorporated into this programme.
From the year 2021, a total of 18 Ncell Scholarships were conferred to the topper students. Similarly, 6 students who graduated from these five faculties securing the highest marks received Ncell Excellence Awards.
Students who graduated securing the highest marks were honoured with Ncell Excellence Awards jointly by Dean of IOE Prof. Dr. Shashidhar Ram Joshi and CEO of Ncell, Andy Chong. Likewise, Ncell Scholarships 2021 were handed over to the students by Ncell’s Executive Committee Members— Chief Human Resources & Administration Officer Yuvraj Shrivastava, Chief Information Officer Vishal Mani Upadhyay, Chief Legal, Regulatory & Corporate Services Officer Ramesh Ghimire and Chief Finance Officer (Designate).
As it was not possible to hold the handover ceremony physically last year due to the COVID-19 restriction, certificates to 18 winners of Ncell Scholarships and 6 winners of Ncell Excellence Awards from 2020 were also handed over. Even though the physical programme was not held last year, they were provided with their cash prize of Ncell Scholarships and Excellence Awards 2020 via IoE, Pulchowk Campus.
Dean of IOE Prof. Dr. Shashidhar Ram Joshi said, “We are glad to have this wonderful partnership with Ncell for Ncell Scholarships and Excellence Awards. This has been instrumental in enhancing the knowledge of budding young talents and it contributes to knowledge development. We are thankful to Ncell for giving continuity to this programme since 2014.”
Andy Chong, CEO of Ncell, shared his excitement and said, “This programme has been one of the widely appreciated CSR initiatives of Ncell. With this programme, we aim to promote an intelligent pool of young talents in the field of engineering in Nepal, encouraging technical education and recognising talents who have demonstrated academic excellence. Education is one of our top priority sectors under our CSR and we will continue to accord it a high priority.”
Every year, Ncell Scholarships are provided based on annual scores of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year. The 18 scholarship receivers include 3 toppers of 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year from Civil, Electrical, Electronics and Communication, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering faculty and 3 female toppers from 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year among all female students of these five faculties.
Similarly, the students graduating with top scores from each of these five faculties and also a female student graduating with top scores among all female students of the five faculties were honoured with the Ncell Excellence Awards. Both scholarships and excellence awards are worth Rs. 100,000 each.