The Ceylon Baithulmal Fund (CBF), for the eighth consecutive time, handed out scholarships to 250 first year students studying in the Management, Commerce and Arts streams in 17 recognised universities in the country, CBF President, Attorney-at-Law, A. A. M. Ilyas (PC) said.
He said due to the prevailing economic crisis in the country, 750 first year students from 17 universities had applied for scholarships and these students were selected from among them.
The scholarships were given at a simple ceremony held at the CBF Headquarters in Bambalapitiya. The event was chaired by visiting Justice for the Fiji Islands and Additional Solicitor General, Farzana Jameel (PC), former Deputy Minister Hussain Bhaila was also present. However, students from the Northern and Eastern Provinces were unable to attend due to travel constraints, he said.
Nearly 200 students from the Western Province, Puttalam and Kandy districts had been invited to the event, Ilyas said.
“Each student will be given Rs 2,500 per month for six months to be used only for educational purposes. The CBF has given scholarships for the past eight years from donations and assistance given by philanthropists and businessmen in the Muslim community,” Ilyas said.
By Naalir Jamaldeen