Piaggio Announces Shiksha Se Samriddhi, a Scholarship Programme for Children of the Auto-Rickshaw Driver Community


Pune, September 30, 2020: Piaggio Vehicles Private Limited is proud to announce a unique scholarship programme, “Shiksa Se Samruddhi”, to support underprivileged children of the auto-rickshaw driver community who wish to pursue higher education after 10th or 12th, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd (PVPL) has tied up with Buddy4Study India Foundation for this scholarship programme as part of its CSR initiative. This is an initiative which would support up to 80 per cent of the yearly course fees of selected students who have enrolled for full time technical or vocational courses after grade 10th/12th.

This programme is designed with an aim to empower the children of underprivileged auto-rickshaw drivers who couldn’t pursue higher education due to financial constraints. This scholarship programme will take care of the financial needs of eligible students. In order to apply, students should have scored more than 55 per cent marks in class 10th or 12th and must be enrolled in full-time studies of technical or vocational courses such as ITI or Polytechnic and annual income of their families should be less than Rs. 3,00,000 per annum. The shortlisted students will get the scholarship which is equivalent to the 80 per cent of the yearly course fees or a maximum of Rs 20,000 per year.

A dedicated telecounselling support will be provided to assist students who wish to apply for this scholarship via a helpline number (180-012-05577) and weblink https://www.buddy4study.com/page/piaggio-shiksha-se-samriddhi-scholarship. Both the weblink and helpline number became operational on October 2, 2020.  Information about this scholarship programme will be shared with the three-wheeler driving community through an extensive outreach program done centrally as well as at every Piaggio commercial vehicle dealership. Distribution and collection of offline application forms will also be done across the dealerships of PVPL.

Telephonic interviews of all the qualified students will be taken to validate the information filled in the application form and ensure that deserving students are selected. Post the final selection of students, a separate onboarding activity will be conducted and their performance will be tracked and monitored over a period of time.

Talking about this announcement, Diego Graffi, Chairman & MD of Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. said, “Many deserving students drop out of formal education in India due to the lack of financial resources and institutional support. The COVID-19 pandemic will further aggravate this problem. Having worked closely with the auto driver community and their issues in this regard, PVPL has taken this opportunity to extend its support to the community by providing auto-rickshaw driver families with the means to achieve their children’s educational dreams. Piaggio has always been a responsible corporate citizen in India and this programme further strengthens our commitment towards upliftment of the auto drivers’ community in India.”