Social Welfare Institute (SWI) will soon begin a scholarship program for High School and College going students from tribal and economically most backward families, in order to ensure retention of these students. The drop-outs, according to government records has been, between Primary and High School level is 45% and between Primary and College levels is whopping 84% Whereas this is the general record, the records among the tribal communities is said to be much higher, mainly due to economic reasons.
SWI and Gruppo India have come together to support 100 students upto a tune of Indian rupees 2000 to one hundred students for the next academic year starting from May 2007. The benefits will be extended from April 2007 within the three districts of North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda in the State of West Bengal, India (about 400 kilometers north of Calcutta). On review of the program, and on receiving more support, the program will be extended to more students in the coming years. Presently, Sr. Thankamma SDS has been asked to coordinate the scholarship program.