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David Bandi Scholarship

This scholarship has been established at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) with the generous support of Rebecca S. David (TISS Alum) and her spouse.


Institution: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (all campuses)

Course: All courses

Income limit: Rs. Four lakhs annual family income 

Gender: All Genders

Category: Scheduled Caste only

Value of scholarship

Rs. 50,000 for the entire duration of study at TISS

Selection process

The application rollout, screening and final selection will be done by the Office of Student Affairs, TISS through the student aid mechanism.

Number of awards

The scholarship will be awarded to one student 

Meet the scholars


Diksha Panthi

M.A. Social Work in CODP

Bridge David Bandi Scholar, 2023-24

I grew  up  in  a  middle-class  family.  My  father  was  a  dedicated confectioner  who  tirelessly  provided  for  our  family.  Witnessing  his sacrifices, commitment, and financial management left a mark on my upbringing. Despite his absence, his joy in helping others left a lasting impact. Motivated by his spirit, I embarked on a journey to pursue my Master's at TISS, driven by a fervent desire to acquire the skills necessary  to  make  a  meaningful  contribution  to  society.  It  was during  my  professional  stint  in  one  of  the  most  remote  corners  of India, Kalahandi, Odisha, that I was confronted with a stark reality –a  severe  lack  of  education,  particularly  for  women.  Many  were confined  to  early  marriages  and  household  chores,  their  potential stifled by the limitations imposed on them. Motivated  by  this,  I  want  to  work  toward  breaking  the  cycle  by providing education opportunities. My goal is to empower women,allowing  them  to  lead  independent  lives.  Guided  by  my  father's legacy,  I  strive  to  make  a  positive  impact,  helping  others  help themselves.

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