The High Commission of India, Dhaka on Tuesday awarded scholarship to the descendants of Muktijoddhas at a programme at its chancery in the city.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal was present as the chief guest and GOC-in-C Eastern Command from Indian Army was present as guest of honour. Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das was also present.This year 2,200 students have been selected for scholarship under both New and Old schemes, said a High Commission press release.
Two schemes are concurrently being implemented and up till now, 12,957 students have been awarded scholarship totaling Tk 23.66 crore. The ‘Muktijoddha Scholarship Scheme’ was started by Government of India in the year 2006 for the descendents of Muktijoddhas.
Under the old scheme, scholarships were awarded to Higher Secondary and Undergraduate level students. 11,336 students have benefited under this scheme till now and an amount of Tk 17.42 crores has been utilised for this purpose.
Under the New scholarship scheme “Notun India Bangladesh Maitree Muktijoddha Sontan Scholarship Scheme” announced by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April 2017.
A total of 10,000 students will be awarded scholarships over the next five years and Tk 35 crore will be utilised for this purpose.
Addressing the programme, High Commissioner of India Riva Ganguly said that India recognise the contribution and sacrifice of the gallant Muktijoddhas. This scholarship scheme is a small symbolic gesture of the Indian government to show continued solidarity with them.