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Times of India
07 February 2011
Pune, India

A hundred physically challenged college students have been awarded educational scholarships instituted by the National Association for Welfare of Physically Challenged.

According to Rahul Deshmukh, founder of the association, the students have been selected according to their academic performance, financial conditions and family background. The programme was held at Annabhau Sathe School, Kumthekar road on Sunday. "The intention is to promote the importance of education among the physically challenged. Many disabled people find it difficult to continue their studies after school or junior college. Lack of financial support is one of the key reasons behind it," said Deshmukh, a visually challenged.

As per Deshmukh, all educational expenses have been sponsored under this scholarship. Gauging the performanc of the students, a decision to continue the scholarship will be taken next year.

MLC Vandana Chavan and former MP Shrinivas Patil were also present.

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