Youth Development Initiatives

The Manana Merit cum Means Scholarship Program
Since 1999

The Manana Merit cum Means Scholarship was started with the intention of supporting youth from economically challenged backgrounds, who lack the means and the infrastructural support to continue higher education. The scholarship is primarily for undergraduate and postgraduate students residing in Delhi.

With our network of professors and scholars from Delhi University, JNU, Jamia Millia and other reputed educational institutions, we have been able to tap the right sources to identify deserving students. We have been handpicking those candidates who show high potential and have a sincere will to learn, and a desire to break through barriers of language, social background and financial constraints. We not only ensure that the process of selection is transparent and personal, but we also make an effort to periodically review the progress of the students who have been awarded scholarships.

We have now expanded the Scholarship Programme to include school children as well.

Since 1999, with the help of a few private donors, we have been awarding these scholarships to students. In 2005, HDFC and Interglobe Enterprises Ltd., two corporate enterprises came forward to support the programme. We are grateful to our donors for their support.

Seeking Support
Every year we receive applications from 15 to 20 deserving candidates for the Merit cum Means Scholarship. We seek your support in continuing the Scholarship programme.


  • The Society for Working Life, New Delhi and the University College Dublin, Ireland run a community development and awareness programme. In 2004, Manána was the venue for the orientation meeting. We also made a presentation on the Historical background of the sites that the Irish students visited.
  • Manana was approached by the M.A. students from the Department of Women’s Studies, from the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, for the use of its library premises in March 2004, to conduct a 20-day lecture course. For three years now, the classes have been conducted at Manana.
  • As part of our youth development programme, we have trained youth (under the TUFS collaboration), in skills including: interviewing, transcription, translation (Hindi, Punjabi into English), and editing transcripts. Six students from the Delhi University took part in this training programme in 2003-04

Empowerment through Education

Manana has been involved in youth empowerment through education ever since its inception. It continues to promote and develop youth skills in such a way as to enhance employment opportunities. Its central objective is the promotion of youth confidence by creating awareness and providing opportunities for active participation in their community and society as a whole.

The various activities are

  • Networking between scholars, teachers and students outside the classroom, thereby increasing the self-confidence of youth
  • Organising academic based lectures, seminars and workshops. Taking lectures and programmes to government schools and making education a joyful experience

Manana also provides

  • Career Advice
  • English Language Classes
  • Cultural Evenings
  • Legal Awareness
  • Career, Emotional and Vocational Counselling
  • Workshops on Social Sensitising and Gender Equity
  • Summer Projects and Field Work Training

New Delhi, India