May 24, 2022, 3:05 am
Bangla Shangbad English Desk: Each year the Government of India awards scholarship to descendents of Muktijoddhas to commemorate the invaluable contribution of Muktijoddhas towards the Liberation of Bangladesh. This year, 1,497 such students are receiving this scholarship. Starting today, immediately after Bangladesh’s Independence Day.
The ‘Muktijoddha scholarship scheme’ was started by Government of India in the year 2006 for the descendents of Muktijoddhas. Originally, Scholarships were awarded to Higher Secondary and Undergraduate level students. Undergraduate students were awarded Tk 24,000/- per year for four years and Higher secondary students were awarded Tk 10,000/- per year for two years. The award of these scholarships even during the Covid-19 Pandemic is in furtherance to the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister and President of India to Bangladesh. It exemplifies the abiding commitment of the Government and people of India towards friendship with their brethren in Bangladesh.
The current scholarship scheme was re-launched in April 2017 during the visit of H.E. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India. This new scheme was set to benefit 10,000 students from Bangladesh for a period of five years at the Higher Secondary (Tk 20,000/-) and Undergraduate (Tk 50,000/-) Levels. As of now, 19,082 students have benefited under this scheme, and an amount of Tk 44.99 crore has been utilised for this purpose. In line with India’s strong commitment, Govt of India has renewed the scholarship scheme for another five years beginning 2022-23.
This year, a total of 1,497 students (501 students from HSC and 996 from UG level) have been selected for scholarship under the scheme in the first list. Ministry of Liberation of War Affairs extended their immense support to identify and select the students from all corners of Bangladesh. The scholarship amount will be credited directly to the bank account of the student by the method of Direct Bank Transfer (BDT), read a press release of High Commission of India Dhaka.