With domestic flights scheduled to start on Monday, what airline officials, and their Call Centre employees are learning is, most people have forgotten how to fly, “What do I carry with me?” asked a former frequent flyer.

“Your baggage sir!” said the call center employee pleasantly.

Scholarship Name 1: Indian Academy of Sciences Fellowship 2020


Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru has announced this fellowship for Indian scientist doing distinguished work. Candidates must be proposed and recommended by two fellows in good standing.

“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”  ― André Berthiaume

 “Did you know our country may soon be the mask manufacturing hub of the world?” asked a friend.

“No!” I said, “But would it be possible to visit a factory?”

It was just a matter of hours before I was whisked to the village which housed the factory. The manager, wasn’t wearing a mask as he greeted me at the gate, “You may take your mask off!” he said pleasantly, since you are already wearing one underneath!”

“Wearing one underneath this COVID-19 one?” I asked confused.

“We are very good at recognizing masks!” said the manager smiling.

 “Which is your best-selling mask?” I asked.

“This!” said the manager as he picked one from the top of a pile and passed it to me, “In fact it’s selling like hotcakes, and millions are buying it in our country. Put it on and look in the mirror!”

I put the mask on, and was amazed at the ease in which it slipped onto my face. I looked in the mirror, and saw concern and pity, mixed with sympathy, compassion and kindness with even a tear gathering in my left eye, “Whoa! Whoa!” I shouted, “What is this?”

“The mask everyone is wearing today when they talk of the poor migrant worker!”

I watched as the tear rolled down my cheek and another started from my right eye, “It’s so realistic!” I whispered.

“It made us a lot of profits!” said the manager beaming at me, “But, the masks that yield us the biggest returns are the ‘made to order’ ones that political leaders order from time to time!”

“Are they difficult to make?” I asked.

“Very!” said the genial manager, “You see what’s important about a mask, is, it should sit well on a face, and then say exactly the opposite of what the person wearing it thinks or feels! That takes much time and effort to make. In fact, a couple of days ago, I’m sure you must have watched, as one of our best masks was worn on TV! And our workers cheered as we watched the masked man’s masquerading mannerisms. It was so realistic! And although the masked man gave little or nothing to the people, yet millions clapped and applauded, thinking they were getting a windfall! He is very good with his masks!” 

“Don’t you make coronavirus, COVID 19 masks?” I asked.

“What’s that?” asked the manager as he tore the mask from his face and I found myself staring at a scary bulldog face. I ran, then watched astonished, as all the workers automatically put on their masks, then looked at me being chased, sympathy and compassion fixed rigidly on their faces..!

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Environment is every body’s business. It has been observed that many individuals, who have the benefit of education and are actively engaged in their professionals are often have strong desire to educate themselves on environmental matters. They also want to play a significant role in environmental management. To facilitate them, a number of courses on environment are offered through regular university system and Open and Distance Learning System. For example IGNOU provides following environment education programmes:

Scholarship Name 1: Nikon Scholarship Program 2020


Nikon India Private Limited invites scholarship applications from students (Class 12 passed onwards) pursuing photography courses. The scholarship program is meant to support students facing financial problems in pursuing their programme.


The scholarship is open for Class 12 passed onwards students pursuing photography courses with a duration of 3 months or more. The annual income of the family should be less than INR 6 lakhs per annum.

Prizes & Rewards:           

Selected students will get award up to INR 1 lakh.


Last Date to Apply: 30-06-2020

Application mode: Online application only

Short Url: www.b4s.in/ac/NSP3


Scholarship Name 2: Sightsavers India Fellowship Program 2020


Sightsavers India has announced this fellowship for young ophthalmologists to help them master the craft as a clinician and a surgeon.


Young and promising ophthalmologist in India who are a post-graduate or a diploma holder in ophthalmology (MS/DNB/DO) from any recognized institute/university in India, can apply for this fellowship.

Prizes & Rewards:           

Selected candidates will multiple financial and professional benefits.

Last Date to Apply: 31-05-2020

Application mode: Apply online

Short Url: www.b4s.in/ac/SIF2


Scholarship Name 3: New India Foundation Fellowships 2020


New India Foundation, Bangalore is offering this fellowship for scholars and writers who are working on different aspects of the history of independent India and will provide monthly stipend to them.


Indian scholars or writers working on different aspects of the history of independent India, can apply for this scholarship.

Prizes & Rewards:           

A total of 5 to 10 fellowships will be awarded. The fellowships are awarded for one year and carry a stipend of INR 1.5 lakhs per month.

Last Date to Apply:            30-06-2020

Application mode:              Apply online

Short Url:              www.b4s.in/ac/NIF4


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