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Prime Bank Foundation handed over 394 scholarships

Governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr. Atiur Rahman handing over the stipends to the students as the chief guest Saturday. Present, among others, were special guest Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Chairman of Prime Bank Limited Md. Nader Khan, Chairman of Prime Bank Foundation Md. Shahadat Hossain, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Prime Bank Foundation K.M. Khaled, former Chairman of Prime Bank Azam J Chowdhury, Managing Director & CEO of the Bank Md. Ehsan Khasru and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Bank Foundation Dr. Iqbal Anwar.

Governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr. Atiur Rahman handing over the stipends to the students as the chief guest Saturday. Present, among others, were special guest Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Chairman of Prime Bank Limited Md. Nader Khan, Chairman of Prime Bank Foundation Md. Shahadat Hossain, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Prime Bank Foundation K.M. Khaled, former Chairman of Prime Bank Azam J Chowdhury, Managing Director & CEO of the Bank Md. Ehsan Khasru and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Bank Foundation Dr. Iqbal Anwar.

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman Saturday (28 September 2013) said the central bank will issue a revised guideline on corporate social responsibility (CSR) to ensure reaching of CSR funds of banks and financial institutions (FIs) to real beneficiaries, reports BSS.

The BB move will strengthen the central bank monitoring and efforts to strengthen the financial inclusion, Dr Atiur said while speaking as the chief guest at a stipend distribution function organised by Prime Bank Foundation.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prime Bank Md Nader Khan presided over the function which was addressed, among others, by educationist Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, managing director and chief executive officer of Prime Bank Md Ehsan Khasru, executive chairman of Prime Bank Foundation K M Khaled and former chairman of the Board of Directors Azam J Chowdhury.

In his speech, Atiur Rahman said the direct expenditure of banks and financial institutions for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) whopped to Tk 3.05 billion from Tk 550 million (5.5 times) over the last four years. The central bank has also intensified the financial inclusion initiatives to ensure credit flow for SME and agriculture sector, he added.

The Governor handed over stipends to a total of 394 poor but meritorious students at the function. Each student will get Tk 2,400 monthly as stipend.

The Governor said there was no alternative to quality education at higher level to utilise the demographic dividend, Bangladesh now enjoys.

The advisors of the selection committee comprises of three acknowledged educationalists of the country, namely Child Health Specialist Professor M Q K Talukder, Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury and VC of the proposed Notre Dame University Fr. Benjamin Costa whose discreet advices have been making it possible to select the best students for stipends with highest neutrality.

Under the ‘Education Support Programme’ the Foundation awarded a total of 1,671 students till date including 170 students in 2007, 122 in 2008, 198 in 2009, 196 in 2010, 205 in 2011, 386 students in 2012 and 394 this year. Also noteworthy that all the stipend receiver students of the First Batch (year 2007) of the Prime Bank Foundation have finished their education and been employed in different professions.

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