At least 45 lakh students from six minority communities in West Bengal have acquired scholarships from the state authorities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a prime official in Kolkata stated.

Minority students, who belong to households which have lower than Rs 2 lakh as household revenue, are eligible for the scholarship programme, supplied they’ve secured at the very least 60% mark in the earlier examination, PB Salim, the chairman of West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation, stated.

The state hopes that each eligible scholar — elementary education to PhD degree — will get benefited from the programme, he stated.

“The government had begun doling out scholarships on August 1. We aim to reach the 50-lakh figure by December 15,” he stated.

Last 12 months, 42 lakh minority students had acquired scholarships, Salim stated.

Once chosen beneath the programme, the scholarship quantity, starting from Rs 1,500 to Rs 60,000, is instantly transferred to the checking account of the beneficiaries in a month’s time, the official added.

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