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Over 5,000 talented get Dutch-Bangla Bank scholarship awards

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Daughter of a domestic help, visually impaired Sharmin Akhtar Rima of Mirpur Girls Laboratory Institute, receives Dutch-Bangla Bank Scholarship from Finance Minister AMA Muhit in Shaheed Surawardy National Indoor Stadium of the capital yesterday. Photo: Star

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said the scholarship scheme by Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) is helping reduce dropout rate of meritorious but financially-constrained students from education.

The finance minister was speaking at a programme to award 5,050 meritorious but needy students under its Tk 1.02 billion scholarship scheme held in the city Saturday.

Mr Muhith expressed the hope that when the incumbent behind the initiative would not be present, his successors would continue the great scheme.

He also called upon the awardees to properly exploit the opportunity of winning the scholarship to flourish their merit and establish them in the future.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq and Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Gerben de Jong were the special guests at the scholarship giving ceremony in the city.

The event was also addressed, among others, by DBBL chairman Sayem Ahmed and its Managing Director KS Tabrez.

Each of these awardees, who passed the SSC level examination this year, will get Tk 2,000 per month and Tk 3,500 per annum during their two-year higher secondary education period, officials said.

With the Saturday’s scholarship, the total number of the students (both HSC and higher education level), covered by the bank’s 2010-16 Tk 1.02 billion scholarship programme, crossed 26,000, its official said.

The officials said after completion of the ongoing scholarship programme under the corporate social responsibility (CSR), the DBBL is planning to scale up the scholarship in future.

Calling upon other banks to follow the DBBL’s suit in the education sector, the law minister said that the scholarship programme of Tk 1.02 billion would turn into that of Tk 10.02 billion in the future.

Both the ministers thanked M Sahabuddin Ahmed, founder of DBBL and chairman of Dutch-Bangla Bank Foundation, for the largess programme and wished success of the bank and the awardees.

Mr Gerben de Jong appreciated the Dutch-Bangla Bank Foundation for its generous initiative to build the future of the underprivileged students, which would go a long to the development of the human resources of the country.

He also congratulated the students who won the DBBL’s scholarship.

Since inception, Mr Ahmed said the DBBL as a responsible corporate body has been playing a pioneering role in implementing social and philanthropic programme to help the disadvantaged people of the country.

He said education, healthcare and rehabilitation of distressed people are on the priority list of the bank as its pushes ahead with its social and philanthropic activities.

At least 90 per cent of the DBBL’s all scholarships are selected from the rural areas and half of the awardees are girls, he said.

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Source: Financial Express

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