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300 Bangladeshi students get ICCR scholarships in India

Published : 30 Sep 2021 10:01 PM | Updated : 02 Oct 2021 12:30 PM

Some 300 students have been selected across Bangladesh for the ICCR scholarship for higher studies in prestigious educational institutions in India.

The Indian High Commission on Thursday hosted a get-together to bid farewell and wish success to them at the Chancery premises.

ICCR is a flagship program of Government of India for meritorious Bangladeshi nationals to pursue various courses in India at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD levels.

The High Commission said the scholarships have been “extremely popular” in Bangladesh and over the years, more than 4,000 Bangladeshi nationals have availed these scholarships to study at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Delhi University, JNU, National Law School, and Rabindra Bharati University, among others.

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Some of the famous ICCR alumni include well-known Rabindra Sangeet exponent - Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, Vice-Chancellor - Dalem Chandra Barman, Dean of Fine Arts in Dhaka University - Professor Nisar Hossain, famous cartoonist - Shishir Bhattacharjee, among others.

Of this year’s scholars, 170 students were from Dhaka, 32 from Chattogram, 22 from Rajshahi, 20 from Sylhet and 16 from Khulna.

Engineering courses attracted the maximum numbers, followed by Sciences, Social Sciences and Dance and Culture. Among those that qualified, around 74% were men, and 26% women.

These students coming from varied backgrounds will now study at premier educational institutes in different regions of India. Through this, they will also expreience the diversity of India’s different regions, through contact with different cultures and traditions prevailing in those regions. These young talented minds, after their successful academic pursuits, would go on to become leaders in Bangladesh’s progress in all fields, especially culture, economics, science and technology.  

High Commissioner Vikram K. Doraiswami interacted with them and narrated anecdotes from his professional experience to encourage students to adapt to their new life in a familiar, yet foreign country.

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He also took questions from the young students, who are at the cusp of a new academic journey in their career.

Other senior officers of the Mission also motivated and encouraged the students.

ICCR Alumni from different walks of life in Bangladesh, present on the occasion, shared their experiences of studying in India, and offered their guidance, advice and good wishes to the younger generation of scholars.

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