Chairman 5T and Nabin Odisha Shri Kartik Pandian participates in the launching of the Nua-O Scholarships Program in various colleges of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneswar(byuro):As per the direction of Chief Minister Sh. Naveen Patnaik, Chairman 5T and Nabin Odisha Sh. Kartik Pandian visited various Colleges of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar today.

He attended the Nua-O Scholarship Distribution Programme in Ravenshaw University, J.K.B.K. College and Shailabala Women’s College in Cuttack followed by Ekamra Degree College, Kamala Nehru Women’s College, Maharshi College of Natural Law and Rajdhani Degree College in Bhubaneswar.

He informed the students about the Nua -O Scholarship under which all eligible PG and UG Students from State govt. Universities, Govt Colleges, non-Govt aided and unaided Colleges will be benefitted.

In today’s program, total 8,116 eligible students from Cuttack along with 5,358 eligible students from Bhubaneswar received scholarships worth about *Rs. 8.13 Crores and Rs. 5.26 Crores* respectively. Shri Karthik Pandian distributed Nua-O Scholarship Sanction Orders to the students.

Sh Kartik Pandian said that the government’s next major initiative will be to cover all the students through the launching of the futuristic Nabin Odisha Magic Card, a points- system based smart card which will engage and empower the youth and enable them towards academic development, personality development, skill development and employment.

Based on points earned through various activities and performance of students in terms of attendance, discipline, academics , participation in extracurricular activities and other parameters the cards will be upgraded to *Silver, Gold and Platinum level.*

These cards can provide access to a plethora of services and resources like WiFi, Data /phone recharges, travel concessions, e-Libraries, online courses, career counselling, journals, seminars etc.

This card aims to reduce the financial burden on the parents, provide better career progression and employment opportunities to students.

Online registration portal for this card has been launched on March 5th, 2024. All the students of the UG and PG courses will be eligible. The distribution of the card will start from August 15th onwards.

He conveyed the message of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who wished the students all the best for their future and said that this initiative would help to achieve the dream of Nua Odisha.

He interacted with the students during the program. The students were excited and thrilled to receive the sanction orders and also immediately after the launch of the program, they received the SMS that the amount has been credited to their accounts.