17 students have joined Indian Armed Forces as Officers ever since the inception of the University
Chandigarh, July 17: Acknowledging the services and sacrifices made by Defense Personnel, while discharging their duties in protecting the Nation; Chandigarh University Gharuan has announced 'Armed Forces Economic Welfare Scholarship' (AFEWS) worth Rs. 15 Crores. The Armed Forces Scholarship Scheme was launched in January 2020 by former Adjunct General, Indian Army, Lt. General Ashwani Kumar. As per the AFEWS policy, 5% of the total seats offered by Chandigarh University in every course would be reserved for the wards of serving or retired Defense Personnel including the para-military forces. In addition, the wards of deceased Defense Personnel, war widows, and wards of disabled Defense Personnel would be given 15% scholarship on the academic fees while the wards of retired or serving Defense Personnel including those of para-military forces would be given 10% scholarship on the academic fees. Under the AFEWS Scholarship Scheme, the wards of Defense Personnel would continue to get the scholarship throughout the tenure of the program they would choose.
Chandigarh University has also launched a special career counseling facility for the wards of Defense Personnel so that they can judiciously make the decision of choosing their career. During his visit to University Campus, Lt. General Ashwani Kumar interacted with the NCC Cadets of Chandigarh University and gave certificates of appreciation to the achievers of NCC Contingent of Chandigarh University who have brought laurels at various National Level NCC Camps. In boys category, cadet Ajit Kumar who was awarded as Best Cadet and cadet Bhupinder Singh who was awarded as Best Shooter during NCC Training Camp at Ropar, while in girls category cadet Graima & cadet Aaushi who were awarded Best Cadet in National NCC Camp were also given a certificate of appreciation on the occasion. While interacting with the NCC cadets of the university, Lt. General Ashwani Kumar said, "Security personnel is living far from their families discharging their duties to protect our country and it is the duty of the civil society to look after the welfare of their wards and the AFEWS scholarship scheme is one such step towards this direction undertaken by CU." He advised the students to also look into various career opportunities that the Armed Forces offers to the youth as the jobs in defense are not only offer lucrative career but also a life of dignity.
Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, "We are always in-debited to the services rendered by Defense Personnel who have always kept nation first while discharging their duties in protecting our land." AFEWS is just a small gesture by Chandigarh University towards the supreme sacrifice of the Defense Personnel, he added. "Chandigarh University always encourages its students to join Armed Forces and ever since its inception more than 17 students of the university have joined the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force as officers to date." About Chandigarh University Chandigarh University is a NAAC A+ Grade University and an autonomous educational institution approved by UGC and is located near Chandigarh in the state of Punjab. It is the youngest university in India and the only private university in Punjab to be honored with A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in the field of engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and others. It has been awarded as The University with Best Placements by WCRC.