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Barrister Farhad receives PM’s Fellowship to study in Oxford

Published : 30 Jul 2021 09:03 PM

Barrister Shah Ali Farhad has received "Prime Minister's Fellowship" for studying the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

He is a Special Assistant of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

In a Facebook post, he thanked the Prime Minister and the 'Governance Innovation Unit' of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for awarding him the fellowship.

“It is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of mine to study at Oxford. I am thankful to my leader and inspiration, Hon. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he wrote. 

“It has been an absolute privilege to serve her for the last two and a half years”, he wrote further.

Barrister Farhad also expressed that he is “eternally grateful” to his “guides and mentors Joy Bhai, Bobby Bhai and Bipu Bhai for always encouraging me to constantly improve myself and be the best version of 'me'.”

Sajeeb Wazed Joy is the son of the prime minister while Radwan Mujib Siddiq is her nephew. Nasrul Hamid Bipu is the state minister for energy and power. All of them are the trustees of the Awami League's research wing, CRI, where Barrister Farhad worked as a senior analyst before joining the Prime Minister's Office on January 23, 2019. 

He was also an assistant secretary central sub-committee of Awami League in 2015 and afterwards he served as a member of international affairs sub-committee and publicity affairs sub-committee of the party. 

He completed LLM in human rights from University of Hong Kong with full scholarship, LLB from Univeristy of London and Barrister at Law from Honourable society of Linkconsin and became of an advocate of Supreme Court of Bangladesh.  

A total of 55 scholars including 15 in pursuant for PhD were awarded with the fund for studying in different universities. 

To apply for the prime minister's scholarship, applicants first have to secure admissions in any of the top 100 universities across the world by dint of their merits.