In recognition of the outstanding contribution of the heroic freedom fighters in the independence of Bangladesh, the Government of India provides scholarships to the heirs of the freedom fighters every year. This year 2,000 students are getting this scholarship. This year, a total of 2,000 students of higher secondary and undergraduate level are getting this scholarship under the ‘Muktijoddha Scholarship Project’. A lump sum scholarship of Tk 20,000 is being given to the students of higher secondary level and a lump sum of Tk 50,000 is being given to the graduate students. Scholarships have started to be given this year. This information has been given in the press release of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
According to a press release issued by the High Commission, India attaches utmost importance to friendship with Bangladesh and is committed to supporting Bangladesh’s national efforts for the betterment of the people. Following the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh, the scholarship is being given in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic. This year, the Ministry of Liberation War has assisted in selecting 2,000 students at the higher secondary and undergraduate levels. From this year, the scholarship money will be deposited directly in the student’s bank account through Direct Bank Transfer (DBT) system with Digital India initiative.
The Government of India launched the ‘Freedom Fighter Scholarship Scheme’ for freedom fighter heirs in 2006. Scholarships were initially awarded to high school and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students were given Rs 24,000 per annum for four years and higher secondary students were given Rs 10,000 each for two years. The new scholarship scheme was announced during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India in April 2016. Under the new scholarship scheme, 10,000 Bangladeshi students will get scholarships in the next 5 years. A one-time scholarship of Tk 20,000 will be given to the students of Virchi Muktijoddha Uttarishi Higher Secondary level and a one-time scholarship of Tk 50,000 will be given to the graduate students. The Government of India has sanctioned Rs. 35 crore for both the projects. So far 16,072 students have received scholarships under this scheme. Tk 36.99 crore has been spent in this sector.