The High Commission of India in Dhaka hosted a get-together to bid farewell and wish success to ICCR scholars on Thursday (Sep 30) at the Chancery premises, says a press release.
Around 65 awardees, representing the nearly 300 scholars across Bangladesh attended the event.
The nearly 300 students s elected across Bangladesh for ICCR scholarship for higher studies in prestigious educational institutions in India, include 170 students from Dhaka, 32 from Chattogram, 22 from Rajshahi 22, 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 experience 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 of India to Bangladesh Vikram K. Doraiswami, interacted with the ICCR batch of 2021-22, during the event. He also narrated anecdotes from his professional experience to encourage students to adapt to their new life in a familiar, yet foreign country. He also took questions from the 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.
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 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, Rabindra Bharati University, etc.
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.