India awards scholarships to FF heirs
21 March 2016, Nirapad News: Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozzammel Huq handed over cheques of Muktijodha (Freedom Fighter) Scholarship to the heirs of Muktijoddhas of Dhaka region at Bangladesh National Museum in city on Sunday (March 20).
The event was jointly organized by the High Commission of India and the Bangladesh-India Friendship Society, says a press release by the High Commission of India to Bangladesh in the afternoon.
Muktijodha Scholarship Scheme was started by the India government in 2006 for the descendents of Muktijodhas.
The scholarships are awarded to Higher Secondary and Under Graduate students. Under Graduate students get Tk 24,000 per year for four years and Higher Secondary students get Tk 10,000 per year for two years.
India’s ambassador to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that this scholarship scheme is a small symbolic gesture of India’s govt to show continued solidarity with the Muktijoddhas.
He also said they (Muktijoddhas) have been our lasting friends and have played an important role in keeping alive the “spirit of the Liberation War”.
He also mentioned this year, scholarships have been awarded to 800 under graduate students.
The release also said till date over Tk 13-crore has been disbursed among more than 9,500 students. Students are selected based on merit from each division.
The ceremony at the National museum would be followed by similar ceremonies in all Divisions over next few weeks.
Dr. Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Adviser to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and a large numbers of Muktijodhas attended the ceremony.