Bashundhara Group, the leading business conglomerate of the country, has stood by 10 medical students to help them continue their study and fulfil their cherished dreams.
As part of its benevolent gesture, Bashundhara Group has given scholarship to each of the students Tk 58,000 to pay admission fees, purchase books and meet one month’s hostel rent.
Bashundhara Group will also provide Tk 10,000 for each of the 10 students per month until the completion of their medical study.
Noted litterateur and EWMGL Director Imdadul Haq Milan, Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam, Kaler Kantho Editor Shahed Mohammad Ali, TV channel News24 Executive Editor Rahul Raha and Secretary to Chairman of Bashundhara Group Masudur Rahman Manna, among others, attended the programme.
Guardians of the 10 medical students hailing from different parts of the country were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Imdadul Haq Milan recalled the contributions of Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan to various social welfare activities.
“Hon’ble Chairman of Bashundhara Group Ahmed Akbar Sobhan came to know about these students from newspaper reports and then decided to stand by them.
In line with slogan “For the People, For the Country”, Bashundhara Group has been extending support to the helpless people of the country to change the society, he added.
During Covid-19 pandemic, Bashundhara Group provided food support for one lack people in the country’s northern region alone, Milan said adding many students got stipend, 100 homeless families got houses and 400 families got sewing machines and other livelihood supports.
Naem Nizam called upon the medical students to be sincere in completing their study and also assured them of Bashundhara Group’s continued support to fulfill their dreams.
“Bashundhara Group will be beside you to conquer the future. The business conglomerate is proud of you. The whole world will see your success in life and service to the people,” he said.
He also expressed the hope that they (students) will dedicate themselves to serving the distressed people after entering the medical profession.
In his speech, Shahed Mohammad Ali hopes that the students will successfully complete the MBBS within six years and then enter medical profession to serve the people.
Sharing personal experience, he said, “I was mentor of a journalism course for women participants from 64 districts funded by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. After receiving training, they became more efficient in their profession.”
Rahul Raha said Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan thinks that money earned should be spent on serving the cause of humanity and betterment of the country.
He said Bashundhara Group distributed crores of taka among distressed people across the country amid the corona pandemic, flood and other natural calamities.
Masudur Rahman Manna said, “We are lucky to be working with Bashundhara Group. We get inspiration from Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan. He has nothing left to be achieved. He is working for betterment of the people and country.”
He advised the medical students to evaluate the contribution of parents and others to the accomplishment of their career and work for mankind.
On behalf of the 10 students, Sadia Afrin Harisa, who got chance at Rajshahi Medical College, spoke at the function. She vowed to work for the helpless people of the country after completing study.
“I’m proud of being the daughter of a rickshaw-puller. I have come to this position through struggle. I’m committed to work for the helpless people. I’ll not only provide free treatment for the poor patients but also buy them medicine,” she said.
Of the other students, Antara Khatun has got chance at MAG Osmani Medical College in Sylhet, Sabina Yasmin at Mymensingh Medical College, Sukla Chintapatro at Bangabandhu Medical College in Faridpur, Sharmin Akter at Pabna Medical College, Sharmin Akter Sumi in Rangpur Medical College, Tazgir Hossain at Khulna Medical College, Imama Islam Ima at Rajshahi Medical College, Rakib Hossain at Chandpur Medical College and Sabnur at Sheikh Hasina Medical College in Jamalpur.
Sadia hailed from Banaripara in Barishal, Antara from Bagha of Rajshahi, Sabina from Thakurgaon sadar, Sukla from Chitalmari of Bagerhat, Sharmin Akter from Kaharol of Dinajpur, Sharmin Akter Sumi from Joypurhat sadar, Tazgir from Chauddagram of Cumilla, Imama from Keshabpur of Jashore, Rakib from Natore sadar, and Sabnur from Swarupkathi of Pirojpur.
Bashundhara Group is implementing student welfare programme through its Bengali daily Kaler Kantho’s social organisation Shuvosangho.
The business conglomerate has taken responsibility of the study of Dipita Rahman, granddaughter of Poet Shamsur Rahman. Dipita is a third-year student of Bangabandhu Medical College in Faridpur.