Village To College Foundation
"Enabling Dreams of Education"
Dr. Fernandes Receives Research Grant
Village to College scholarships distributed
Scholarships for about 45 students of Srimati Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National
Government First Grade College, under the patronage of Village to College
Foundation were distributed at the Dr.Gabriel Fernandes Auditorium in the college.
This time the students were fortunate enough to receive the scholarships from the
hands of Dr.Gabriel Fernandes himself who was on a brief personal visit to Barkur.
Village to college scholarship programme which is running from the last ten years
by Village to College foundation funded by Dr.Gabriel Fernandes is one of the best
initiatives Barkur ever witnessed. Remembering hardships he went through as a
poor student at Barkur to obtain college degree, Dr.Fernandes started this
foundation to help the needy students in and around Barkur for their higher
education. Every year applications are invited from the students and the deserving
students are scrutinized on the basis of merit and financial conditions and most of
the applicants are helped Rs.1000 to Rs.2000 each. The selection is done with the
help of Pro.Rajshekhar Hebbar, Principal and Lecturers from the college along with
Dr.Fernandes along with is younger brother Vincent Fernandes was welcomed to
the college by Principal Hebbar and initially there was a interaction programme with
the students where Dr.Gabriel explained the purpose of the scholarships and
inspired students with his insights.
Students along with their parents received the cheques from Dr.Gabriel.
B.Seetharama Shetty, retired Principal of NJC proposed he vote of thanks. Ronald
Praveen Correa and Abhishekam , Lecturers heading the student betterment
committee were present on the stage.
Later Dr.Gabriel was taken around to all the institutions run by Barkur
Vidyabhivardhini Sangha, by B.Seetharama Shetty. They visted National Pre
University College, National Industrial Training Institute and Vidyesha Vidyamanya
National English Medium School.
News: Copyright Kishoo, Barkur 2002.
Visitors of our site need no introduction to Dr.Gabriel Fernandes, a well known Research
Scientist at the Department of Medicine at University of Texas in San Antonio, USA. He is
featured as our personality of the month and he is a staunch supporter and sponsor of
our site. His initiative of helping to graduate the needy rural students in and around Barkur
through his Village to College Foundation is the best programme Barkur might have ever
Recently we did a news item about the research grants received just to give our visitors a
glimpse of achievements of Dr.Fernandes. So far he received the grants of about 12 Million
Dollars and recently he is been awarded with yet another grant of $ 800000 from NIH.
These NIH grants are difficult to get now a days and Dr.Fernandes attributes this success
to the prayers of his sister, Sr.Concilia who passed away recently at Hyderabad and
thankful to God for His kindness towards him, and says sometime we need to believe in
miracles or others prayers.
He was in Barkur on a brief personal visit in the month of February and distributed
scholarships to the students. About Rs.80,000 were distributed among 40 deserving
students of Srimathi Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National Government First Grade College.
Same time Dr.Fernandes met the villagers of Moodadhdu and K.Jayaprakash Hegde, Ex-
Minister and MLA along with Pro.Rajshekhar Hebbar, Principal, Srimathi Rukmini Shedthi
Memorial National Government First Grade College,and discussed about the ways to
improve the village. He expressed his interest in having a survey done on the life styles of
the people in general and food habits in particular to know the effects on the health of the
At the same meeting the villagers have expressed a desire to have a road from the newly
constructed Kudru bridge to the proposed Bennekudru-Kudru connecting bridge and Dr.
Fernandes promised to pay Rs.2,00,000 as an initial amount to get the work started.
Accordingly a Road Development Committee has been formed in the village comprising of
the local villagers headed by Urban D’Souza and Wilfred Roche and Pro. Rajshekhar
Hebbar and Kishore Gonsalves as the honorary advisors. The ground work is expected to
begin shortly on this project.