Freedom fighters progeny awarded Indian government scholarship

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Students at higher secondary level will get a one-time grant worth Tk20,000 and at undergraduate level Tk50,000

The Indian High Commission in Bangladesh yesterday awarded scholarships to a total of 30 students, who are heirs to freedom fighters in Khulna region under its Muktijodha scholarship scheme.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the high commissioner, handed over scholarship cheques to the awardees at a programme in Khulna Circuit House, said a press release.
Dr Mashiur Rahman, economic affairs adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Harnur Rashid, veteran freedom fighter and chairman, Zilla Parishad, Khulna, Prof Alamgir Kabir, Khulna City Commander, Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangshad, Md Abdus Samad, divisional commissioner, Md Aminul Ahsan, deputy commissioner, and Brigadier JS Nanda, SM, defence adviser, among others, attended the programme.
In his address, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said under the new scheme 1,000 students each at higher secondary and undergraduate levels will be awarded scholarships every year.
Students at higher secondary level will get a one-time grant worth Tk20,000 and at undergraduate level Tk50,000, added the envoy.
Shringla termed India-Bangladesh relation historical one and said the two countries share historical legacy of fighting and winning the Liberation War together.
“These are eternal bonds of blood and sacrifice of our martyrs and will continue to bind our nations together in future,” said the high commissioner.
He added: “I pay my tribute to the martyrs of both countries who have laid down their lives during the independence struggle. May their souls rest in peace.”
The Muktijodha scholarship scheme was started by the government of India in 2006 for heirs to freedom fighters. As of now more than 10,000 scholarships have been disbursed.
This year scholarships have been awarded to 600 undergraduate students while 570 students at five divisions got scholarships.

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