The O. P. Jindal Engineering & Management Scholarship was started in the year 2007 to commemorate Shri O.P. Jindal, the founding father of the Jindal group. The O P Jindal Engineering & Management Scholarship (OPJEMS) is a timeless tribute to this visionary leader. Shri O.P. Jindal's sons share a very close association with the project and the group promotes this venture with a dedicated approach.
21 engineering and 10 management colleges were invited to participate in the scholarship process for the year 2008. Reputed management institutes like IIM - Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Kozhikode, XLRI, MDI-Gurgaon, SPJIMR, FMS-Delhi and engineering institutes like IIT- Kanpur, Delhi, Kharagpur, Mumbai, Chennai, Roorkee, Guwahati, IT-BHU, NIT—Tiruchirappalli, Suratkal, Allahabad, Warangal, Bhopal, Jaipur, Nagpur, Raipur, Kurukshetra, Rourkela, Jamshedpur, Durgapur and OPJIT-Raigarh participated in OPJEMS-2008.
Each academic year, the top 20 students from these Institutes are considered eligible for the scholarship (in terms of grades scored in the previous written exam) making it 2020 applicants in all. But in order to be more considerate, each participating institute is ensured at least a single scholarship. Following the ideals of individual educational excellence, meritorious students from all over the nation are presented with the scholarships. Scholarships are granted after following a rigorous selection process, which involves application, written test and personal Interview.
The scholarships can be classified into two kinds:
- INR 125000 for a Management student.
- INR 65000 for an Engineering student.
A student already holding another scholarship can compete for OPJEMS, provided he / she meets the required criteria. OPJEMS is awarded solely on the basis of merit, irrespective of the financial backgrounds of the students.