In a gesture of goodwill and to honor the contributions of Bangladeshi freedom fighters, India has given scholarships to their children, valued at Rs 35 crore. The scholarships were given as part of a program launched jointly by Indian High Commission and Bangladesh Muktijodha Academy. The inauguration of the program was conducted by Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh. The program was also attended by Dr. Mahfujur Rahman, the chairman of Freedom Fighter Research Center. While addressing the guests at the ceremony, Shringla said, “The two premiers of India and Bangladesh, Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina have maintained the relationship, the foundation of which was laid by Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Indira Gandhi.”
It may be recalled that the scholarship program was initiated in the year 2006 and it was meant for the children of the 1971 freedom fighters. Till date, more than 10,000 scholarships have been given to the children of Bangladesh freedom fighters. The total value of these scholarships awarded till date is Taka 150 million. This year, the scholarships were given to 600 undergraduate students, out of which, 48 were from Chittagong.