frequently asked questions
Our activities are not directed towards specific castes/ sects/ religion but open to any candidate meeting the required criteria in a specific district.
All information pertaining to the donor is kept strictly confidential by Swadha . It is disclosed only to tax authorities while filing of Swadha’s annual returns. In case, of donations received from non-Indian citizens, it is mandated under the FCRA regulations to update the authorities with the identity of the donor & file the information every quarter on the FCRA portal. The FCRA filings are also displayed on the Foundation’s website.
Anyone can donate to Swadha Foundation. If the donor is not an Indian citizen, they have to give their passport copy to the foundation after they offer the donation. Donors can donate in two ways-
Each & every donation received by the Foundation is acknowledged with a receipt issued in the donor’s name and provided as both soft & hard copies.
The first responsibility of Swadha Foundation is to show transparency in its functioning by informing every donor as to how their donation is being utilized. The second is to make sure that maximum percentage of every donation reaches the ultimate cause.
Swadha’s benefits are mostly directly transferred into the accounts of the beneficiary or their educational instituitions.
Yes, every Indian donor donating funds to Swadha receives a tax benefit of being able to claim 50% of the donation to be deducted from their income under the benefits of 80(g) of Income tax act.
If the donations are coming from an American donor, it can routed through the partner organisation of Volunteers in Service of Education in India (VSEI). They allow claims under 501 (c) 3 benefits.
The expenses of Swadha Foundation are tracked under four heads namely:
In addition to offering money, a donor can participate in the following ways,
The donors are kept informed in the following ways.
We encourage each and every donor to visit our operations, observe the work done and provide valuable feedback. The visits can be scheduled by clicking on the ‘write to us’ section of the website & filling the form under ‘For anything else’. Alternately, for scheduling a visit, donors can also write to any person they know in Swadha.
Yes, it is possible for a donor to offer donations in kind. Please write to us if you wish to do the same. Swadha would account the value of a donation as per law & issue acknowledgement accordingly.
No, there is no such restriction. We salute every heart that donates to our cause.
Swadha publishes all its audited accounts on its website. In addition, any of the donors could seek details on specific aspects and those would be provided to them individually.
Off course, we welcome & value all feedback. Feedback could be provided by filling a form on the website under ‘write to us’ & filling the form ‘For anything else’. Donors can also write to us or talk to any of their acquaintances in Swadha Foundation. We assure you that each and every feedback received by us will be assessed & acted upon based on its merit.
Swadha foundation will reimburse the following expenses to the selected students till the completion of their graduation:
(a) Students education expenses like admission fees, tuition fees, cost of books, bus fare and uniforms.
(b) Students sustenance fees like living expenses (Rs.1000 for day-scholars) and hostel fees for hostel students.
(c) Swadha foundation will conduct a bridge course, coaching to prepare for competitive exams and skill development for students to be employment-ready. It is mandatory for all beneficiary students to attend these courses. All expenses related to these will be taken up by the foundation.
Yes, you are eligible for Swadha Scholarship. You should declare receiving any government reimbursement so that you don’t get paid twice for the same.
In case of receiving any reimbursement, Swadha reserves the right to adjust it against any other payouts such as stipend or hostel fees.
Yes, it would be deducted from Swadha’ payouts.
No, you don’t need to repay any money to Swadha.
It may not be necessary as Swadha will meet all the financial needs required for continuing your education till completion of your graduation.
No Swadha does not pay any benefits by cash.
Currently you can apply for a scholarship only through your college.
Your application would be rejected by Swadha in case of:
NO ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE is required to be furnished along with the application. Please refer to the last page of the application form for more details.
No additional benefits are given. All selected students get the same scholarship irrespective of caste/religion.
Swadha selects the students once a year from its chosen districts of operation.
No. The current program does not support vocational education.
There are no restrictions but only one member of the family is eligible for our scholarship.
The following documents are required:
Please refer to the last page of the application form for more details
NO COMMUNITY certificates are required to be furnished along with application. Please refer to the last page of the application form for more details.
If you don’t provide truthful information, your application could be rejected at any time.
Yes, a bank account is required to receive any of the benefits from Swadha Foundation.
Yes, you can apply even if you are studying in a non-English medium school.
Selection of students is based on the following three steps.
1) Entrance Exam
3) House verification
All filled applications received through institutes /colleges/ schools are scrutinized for completeness and based on the marks, economic condition and any special family conditions, the eligible students are invited for an entrance exam. The entrance exams are conducted in the district head-quarters.
The entrance exam is based on the 10th board syllabus. There are two exams of 45 minutes duration. The first is Mathematics and the second is on Science. Commerce students have to appear only for the Mathematics exam.
Based on test scores, the top 25% of students are called for an interview. The interview is conducted by a panel of senior experts who can speak both English as well local languages. The students can answer either in English or the local language.
Based on the academic performance, economic status of the family, the performance in the entrance test and the interview, the successful students are selected for scholarship.
A field officer then visits the homes of the selected students to verify all data furnished in the application and assess the economic condition of parents /guardians. If any information furnished in the application is found to be false, the students’ candidature may be rejected.
The principals and students are then intimated about the final list of beneficiary students.
The entrance exam is based on the 10th board syllabus. There are two exams of 45 minutes duration. The first is Mathematics and the second is Science. Commerce/Arts students have to take only the Mathematics exam. Aspiring students can prepare accordingly.
Swadha Foundation does not discriminate in any way. If you clear the selection process and your family income is within the stipulated range, you will be selected.
Yes, you can reappear by contacting Swadha Foundation officials . However, applications will be accepted only in 12th (2nd Pre University / 2nd Intermediate).
Your parents are expected to be fully supportive of your continued education. For parents of girls it is mandatory that they don’t pressurize you to get married during your tenure at this program. Parents are expected to also report any developments with regard to your health or any information pertaining to your education that could impact the successful completion of your graduation or your securing a job.
An SMS is sent to the primary mobile number as well as to the principal of the college.
Yes, you can write or respond in your local language.
Students can continue in the same college/school till they complete their intermediate or Pre university(PU). Post this they need to come to the district headquarters for graduate studies. Accommodation would be funded by Swadha Foundation.
Termination of Scholarship
If students fail in their exams, their continuance in the program is reviewed. The following rules govern the decision:
Students are considered for re-entry if they clear all their arrears (backlog papers).
After intermediate, Swadha Foundation recommends courses for graduation for students based on their performance & interests. The career counselling from Swadha is based on facts & is purely data driven. These recommendations are discussed with the student and their families. The final decision to choose a course will be left to the student & the parents.
No Swadha Foundation does not support any of these unless there are unavoidable reasons.
No. Swadha does not give any certificate or degree to its students. It offers only tertiary training. Hence no recognition is required.
A student can work during his tenure in the Swadha Foundation program as long as his/her academic performance is not affected and they meet the minimal attendance requirements of the tertiary classes conducted by Swadha.
No. We would not support a student if he/she is getting married while pursuing education or during the course of their participation in the program.
Based on the choice of the courses selected, recommendations would be given to the student. However, the choice of joining a particular college rests with the student and the families. It should be noted that the student will be mandated to join in a particular city & in most of the cases it would be the district headquarters. This is to facilitate them in attending the tertiary courses that are mandated for the students at Swadha study centers.
Students will generally be advised to join one of the reputed institutions in the district where they reside.
There are no restrictions on the graduation programs we support . However, we would encourage you to take up programs that are available in your district headquarters, other than for exceptional reasons.
No distance or online education programs are not supported currently in our program.
One can volunteer for any of the options given below:
We define mentorship as an act of guiding students constantly on a variety of subjects that will have a vital impact on their educational and professional lives.
Anyone who is a graduate and has a heart in the right place is eligible to become a mentor. He/she is required to know at least one language among Telugu or Kannada apart from English to interact with students who, in all likelihood, are more comfortable communicating in the mother tongue.
Each beneficiary has a mentor to guide him/her in making informed judgments and choices during education. The mentors will continually motivate and counsel the beneficiary, line up choices of education and ensure that he/she completes the education smoothly.
He/she is required to help the child like a brother/father/mother/sister. The mentors are expected to provide continued guidance and motivation to the children during their formative years. The mentors interested in guiding students can fill up the form on the website.
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