Asam Sahitya Sabha, USTM join hands to help meritorious poor students

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Scholarships to students in memory of 20 ex-Sabha presidents 

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, May 22: Asam Sahitya Sabha and the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) will jointly provide 20 full scholarships to study undergraduate and post-graduate courses at USTM.

The decision to this effect was taken after signing of an MoU between USTM and Asam Sahitya Sabha in September last year.

The scholarships are instituted in the memory of 20 former presidents of Asam Sahitya Sabha. Two research fellowships leading to Ph.D. are also being offered by USTM to carry out research on the lives of two literary stalwarts of Assam—Dr Maheswar Neog and Syed Abdul Malik—both being former presidents of Sabha.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Asam Sahitya Sabha president Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi said, “We have seen that many students get good percentage in board and degree exams but due to their poor financial position, they fail to pursue further studies as per their desire. The scholarships would greatly help them to move ahead with their studies and build their future”.

USTM chancellor and ERD Foundation chairman Dr Mahbubul Hoque said that the purpose of offering the scholarships was on the one hand to help young meritorious students pursue higher education who would not have been able to chase their cherished dream due to their poor economic background, and on the other, to inspire and encourage the youngsters to follow the footsteps of the honorable presidents of Sabha and contribute wholeheartedly for the development of language, literature, culture and integrity of the region.

“Students availing these scholarships will be benefitted and will always remember the apex literary body of Assam and the invaluable contribution it has been making to the greater Assamese society. USTM is offering the 20 merit Scholarships for hundred per cent free education at USTM for UG and PG courses starting the academic session 2019-20,” he said.

He emphasized on the urgent need for creating awareness among the people so that students and parents come to know about the scholarships at the earliest to apply for the same as admission process for UG and PG courses at USTM has already begun. The declaration of new Scholarships in the memory of former Sabha Presidents would be a continuous process, he added.

Padum Rajkhowa, chief secretary, Asam Sahitya Sabha said that the scholarships will be awarded on merit basis to students, while preference will be given to those whose financial condition is weak.

He said that the forms will available at USTM website and can be submitted to Asam Sahitya Sabha’s Guwahati office as well as its branch offices spread across Assam. The last date for submission of forms for UG Scholarships is June 15 and for PG scholarships is 20th July. The list of selected students will be declared within one week from the last date of form submission. Dates for Research Fellowship will be notified in the 1st week of August in USTM website. The merit list will be prepared by a Selection Committee, constituted by members of Asam Sahitya Sabha and USTM.

The 15 scholarships for PG courses are on: Padmanath Gohain Baruah, Chandradhar Barua, Kaliram Medhi, Hemchandra Goswami, Amrit Bhushan Dev Adhikari, Kanaklal Barua, Lakshminath Bezbaroa, Rajanikanta Bordoloi, Benudhar Rajkhowa, Tarun Ram Phukan, Kamalakanta Bhattacharya, Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazarika, Nagendra Narayan Choudhury, Jnanadabhiram Barua, Ananda Chandra Agarwala. The 5 UG Scholarships are on Raghunath Choudhari, Krishna Kanta Handique, Moidul Islam Bora, Nilmani Phukan and Ambikagiri Raichoudhury.

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