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Scholarship for riot-affected students

Published on 13 Nov. 2012 10:35 PM IST
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Meghalaya governor R S Mooshahary will flag off the project for educational rehabilitation of riot-affected students of BTAD at a function to be held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra Auditorium in the city on November 14 at 11 a.m.
Justice MSA Siddiqui, chairperson, national commission for minority educational institutions, ministry of HRD, Government of India would also be present on the occasion.

150 post matric and 100 high school students whose education was hampered by the recent clashes in BTAD are expected to attend the function in which they would meet the sponsors and donors who were going to meet the expenses for their further education.

Representatives of those educational institutions who are accommodating these students were also expected to be present on the occasion.

At a time when most other organizations were busy arranging rallies and parleys, ERD Foundation with its corporate office in Guwahati, came forward to address the issue of those students whose educational future was uncertain due to dislocation of their place of residence and loss of belongings on account of the riot.

As a result of four-month long hard work by ERDF, the Centre for Educational Rehabilitation (CER) was established in Delhi and Guwahati to coordinate the mammoth task of rehabilitating the students, stated a release issued by Mahbubul Hoque, chairman ERDF.

60 high school students have been accommodated at the Central Public School Badarpur in Karimganj district of Assam. They will start their journey from SS Kalakshetra on Wednesday and on Thursday morning they will be welcomed at Badarpur by Maulana Tayeebur Rahman, Amir-e-Sharia North East.

Under the rehabilitation scheme, a post Matric student will receive a scholarship of Rs 6,000 to cover his/her educational expenses for the first six months. Subject to favorable progress in studies, the second instalment of Rs. 6,000 would be released for the following six months.

Those students who are being rehabilitated in residential educational institutions would receive hostel fees and incidental expenses as per requirement.

4 eligible riot affected students of Bodoland have been already sent for IAS coaching in New Delhi under a separate project supported by Zakat Foundation of India. 6 others are receiving IAS coaching in Guwahati among whom there is one girl from the Bodo community also.

Prof NK Choudhury, former VC of Gauhati University; Dr Homen Borgohain; Dr Shabistan Gaffar, Chairperson Committee on Girls Education NCMEI; Asgar Ali Engineer, social activist; Prof Siddique Hassan, former Chairman National Committee for Teachers Education (NCTE); and Dr Fakhruddin Muhammad, Secretary, MESCO are among other prominent persons who would be present in Guwahati on the occasion.

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