An official stated that at least 45 lakh students from six minority communities in West Bengal had received scholarships amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
The chairman of West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation, PB Salim, told that students who belong to families that have less than Rs 2 lakh as their annual family income and have scored at least 60 percent marks in the previous exam were eligible for the scholarship.
The official said that last year, 42 lakh students had received scholarships.
Students from minority communities receive the scholarship amount ranging from Rs 1,500 to Rs 60,000 directly in their bank accounts within a month’s time from when they are selected, the official said.
Salim said that the state hoped every eligible student from elementary education to PhD level — benefited from the programme, he said
“The government had begun doling out scholarships on August 1. We aim to reach the 50-lakh figure by December 15,” he said.