Haleon Provides Financial Support To Dental Students
143 meritorious students selected from underprivileged communities will be provided with financial assistance of Rs 1,05,000 per year, for 4 years of their Bachelor of Dental Surgery course
143 meritorious students from underprivileged communities across 21 states and over 130 cities were awarded the ’Sensodyne IDA Shining Star Scholarship’ to pursue Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) at the Oral Health Innovation Conclave (OHIC) in Delhi.
OHIC is a national event organised by Indian Dental Association (IDA) focusing on innovations, entrepreneurship and research in oral healthcare. The event was graced by dignitaries such as Dr L Swasticharan, Additional Deputy Director General, Health Services, as the Guest of Honour; Lt Gen Satish R Iyer, Director General Dental Services; Dr Puneet Girdhar, President, IDA; Dr Ashok Dhoble, Sec General, IDA; Dr Meera Verma, Chairperson, DDS and Dr Vandana Agarwal, Organising Secretary, DDS; Navneet Saluja, MD - India Sub-Continent, Haleon India and Anurita Chopra, Head - Marketing, India Sub-continent, Haleon India.
This scholarship programme for BDS students is a CSR initiative by Haleon India, erstwhile GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.
An amount of more than Rs 6 crore will be disbursed under this programme amongst these 143 students to support their academic and living expenses incurred during their 4-year BDS programme. Each of these students will be provided with a financial assistance of Rs 1,05,000 per year for 4 years of their BDS course.
With the mission to facilitate underprivileged and exceptional dental students bring their dreams to life, Haleon India launched this programme in partnership with IDA and Buddy4Study (B42), NGO in July 2022. It is a step to address the disparities around the dentist – population ratio. Over 2000 applicants had registered, after which IDA and B4S initiated the selection process to shortlist the 143 deserving students.
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