Special attention is paid to orphaned students. At the beginning of each year, Vice Deans for General Affairs prepare socio-demographic data sheets for each faculty, where they provide information about the social status of the students of their faculties.
According to the information from the faculties, there were 89 orphaned students and students left without parental care at PSU in the 2013-2014 academic year, including 57 orphans and 32 students left without parental care.
Orphans and students left without parental care get free meals in the canteen of the University. The Department of Education of Pavlodar provides free tickets for public transport.
According to the Rector's order, students who are fully supported by the state are provided with clothes, shoes and white goods, board allowance, and a one-time financial support for final-year students in accordance with the procedure established by the Government's Decree No. 320 dated March 12, 2012. Three first-year students were supplied with clothes, shoes and white goods. Total sum of expenses amounts to KZT 373,200.
Bobek Charity Fund
6 students out of 13 orphans living on full state support receive charitable assistance from Bobek Fund. The scholarship is paid once per quarter (KZT 15,000). This assistance is provided to graduates of children's homes studying at secondary or higher education institutions provided that they have good academic performance.
New Year's Meeting of the Rector with Orphaned Students
On December 23, 2013, the Rector of S. Toraighyrov Pavlodar State University Serik Omirbayev had a meeting with orphaned students and students left without parental care. Serik Omirbayev presented sweets and financial aid (KZT 6,000) to each student. Financial aid was provided from the University funds, while the sweets were provided by the Student Union Organization of S. Toraighyrov PSU (Rector's order No. 6/1-07/641 'On holding a meeting with orphaned students and students left without parental care' dated November 12, 2013). Total expenditure sum amounts to KZT 534,000.
It has already become a tradition for the University to hold charity events among the academic and support staff members in order to raise funds for purchasing winter clothes and shoes for orphaned students and students left without parental care. Accumulated funds are distributed among faculties in accordance with the number of orphaned students.
Our University held such an event from October 7 to 17, 2013. Total sum of the money raised during the event amounts to KZT 707,350 (including 427,650 raised by faculties and 279,700 raised by structural units).
Bota Public Foundation
Five students from low-income families enrolled on a fee basis have their tuition costs covered by Bota Public Foundation. The main mission of the Foundation registered in April 2008 is helping needy children, young people and their families in Kazakhstan through investing funds in their health, education and social welfare. This goal is pursued through three programs.
Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCTP) is an innovative mechanism in the field of social security established in 20 countries. The purpose of the program is improving the lives of children from low-income families by providing full access to health care, education and social welfare by means of providing monetary funds to the needy.
The program is now available in 6 regions: Akmola, Kyzylorda, Almaty, Zhambyl, Mangistau and Atyrau. It is implemented in partnership with 7 teams.
The main purpose of the Educational Grants Program (EGP) is to support young people (under the age of 29) with good academic performance who do not have sufficient funds to study at universities and colleges of Kazakhstan. The program also aims to stimulate young people's interest in education and provide increased opportunities to improve the economic future of these students and their families.
The competition is open to:
- grade 11 students entering colleges in Kazakhstan with a 2-year training term;
- students of the penultimate or last courses studying at universities of Kazakhstan with good academic performance who cannot afford to pay tuition fees;
- students of the penultimate or last courses studying at universities of Kazakhstan with good academic performance expelled in 2010 or 2011 for financial reasons.
Selection of participants of EGP Program is held every year (in the period from February to August). The competition is open to all candidates who meet the selection criteria, however, EGP grants will be awarded only to academically qualified students whose families demonstrate the greatest need for financial support on the basis of indicators of income, expenses, and family composition.
Besides the tuition fees, these educational grants also cover accommodation, transport and daily expenses.
S. Toraighyrov Pavlodar State University has a dormitory (Student House, located on 101 Tolstoy St.). Places in the dormitory are given, first of all, to socially disadvantaged students, grant winners and students from other regions of Kazakhstan. According to the decision made by the Academic Council of the University on August 29, 2013, orphaned students are exempt from paying for accommodation.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, places in the dormitory were given to 18 orphans, 2 disabled persons, 68 students from large families, 156 students from low-income families, 121 freshmen, and 15 foreign students.
The Department for Educational Work and Social Affairs and the director of Student House carry out regular monitoring of accommodation availability for the students. Meeting the demand for accommodation is achieved by means of continuous control of compliance with the rules of living in dormitory carried out by the staff and director of the Students House.
Student House is under round-the-clock security and video surveillance of Sova Pavlodar LLP. The territory of the Students house is landscaped, it has benches and flowers.
Student House has its own self-governance body - the Student House Council representing the interests of students living in the dormitory. The Council organizes self-service work, involves students in community service activities both inside the dormitory (helping the watchers organize on-duty service and maintaining order) and in the adjacent territory, organizes various cultural and sports events.
The Student Council is working closely with the administration of the Students House, taking part in distribution of rooms. The Council is composed of 13 people (Chairman of the Council and people responsible for educational work). The work carried out by the Council is divided into sections: mass cultural events sector, sports sector, sanitary sector and editorial sector. The Student Council has its own room where meeting and conferences are held. Along with the administration, the Student Council appointed individuals responsible for maintaining order in each unit.