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2,518 students get Dutch Bangla Bank scholarship

Finance Minister AMA Muhith presents Suraiya, a visually impaired student of Government Titumir College, one of the Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd scholarships awarded to 2,518 needy, meritorious students at a programme in the capital's Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium. On his right is Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Gerben de Jong and the bank's Managing Director KS Tabrez and on his left is the bank's Board of Directors Chairman Sayem Ahmed. Photo: Star

Finance Minister AMA Muhith presents Suraiya, a visually impaired student of Government Titumir College, one of the Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd scholarships awarded to 2,518 needy, meritorious students at a programme in the capital’s Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium. On his right is Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Gerben de Jong and the bank’s Managing Director KS Tabrez and on his left is the bank’s Board of Directors Chairman Sayem Ahmed. Photo: Star

A total of 2518 students passing HSC  or equivalent exams in 2013 and studying graduation level at different university/college got the scholarship at the 8th phase under the DBBL Tk 1.02 billion annual scholarship programme.

Finance minister AMA Muhith Saturday said despite phenomenal success of the country in enrolling children in primary education still there are loopholes.

He said the though the government has been able to enroll almost all the students under primary education, the children with disability are still away from the services. The minister however acknowledged the process of bringing them under the education programme is quite difficult.

Mr Muhith was speaking as the chief guest at the scholarship awarding programme of Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) at the Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium in the city.

Netherlands ambassador to Bangladesh Mr Gerben de Jong was present as the special guest. Chairman of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of DBBL Sayem Ahmed and DBBL managing director KS Tabrez were also present on the occasion.

The finance minister said the process of receiving education is not that easy here and the country has to go a long way in the field of education as the literacy rate is only 60 per cent which has to be increased upto 88-90 per cent. The minister said the task is really challenging.

“Although we have managed to bring the children under the primary education network, still there are some loopholes. A major section like disabled children do not get the opportunity,” he said.

“We could not bring them under the network. The task is quite difficult,” he added.

The minister suggested the students not to be guided by any kind of greed in the path of making fortune with the help of this kind of people and maintain the faith of the donors.

This year the scholarship recipients will get a monthly amount of Tk 2500 for the full academic year, for reading materials Tk 5000 and clothing Tk 1000 as annual grant.

Chairman of DBBL board of directors Sayem Ahmed said the bank never run any philanthropic programme like scholarship by external resources or from donations rather it is the hard earned money of the bank which is spent for the poor and meritorious students to help continue their education.

He said the bank’s intention of this kind of programme is to bring the mass collaboration under one roof so that this future generation can contribute positively in the development process of the country.

DBBL managing director said the bank has been providing the largest scholarship programme in the private sector. Till date it has provided scholarship of Tk 1.16 billion to 21426 students.

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Source: Financial Express

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