Pune: The stage was set, laughter, joy and tears of happiness along with the cheers from the proud parents ruled the atmosphere, as the 7thSchool Scholarship Award Function at MFH Hall, Cummins, Balewadi, came to a close.
Spanning over two days, the new batch Lila Juniors (Girls who are awarded a 10 year auto scholarship recently, beginning from 7th std till the time they graduate) were awarded the scholarships.
Beginning in the year 2011, LPF introduced the ‘2morrow 2gether’ School Project Initiative. Starting with just 5 schools, in its inaugural year, LPF is now working with 19 schools.
Speaking like the proud mother that she is, Padmashri Lila Poonawalla said “While the Foundation will play an integral role in the development of the girls, the parents too must make sure that the girl’s education remains their top priority, so that they not only become financially independent but also contribute the socio-economic development of this country”
Talking about her experiences as a Lila Fellow and a Social Worker and Entrepreneur, Chief Guest Ms. Sharmila Jain, spoke about the Values that Foundation inculcated in her through the various Training and Development Programs, which have helped her transform the lives of those less fortunate than her.
Speaking about the importance of equality in the Arts and Entertainment Industry, the Guest of Honour for the Occasion, Renowned Actor and Model,Viraf Phiroz Patel, talked about how the perception of a woman in the industry has gone on from being a symbol of beauty to a woman of substance. He urged the girls to also take up some form of arts apart from academics.
Concluding Dr. Neelu Nawani , reminisced about her days as a Lila Fellow and the window of opportunities it opened for her. She urged the girls to not let go of the opportunity they have received by becoming a part of the LPF Family
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