By TCN News,
Mumbai: In order to help financially weak students to continue higher education, Popular Front of India (PFI) distributed scholarships to 28 students of Maharashtra under its “SCHOLARSHIP CUM LOAN” scheme.
The scholarship distribution program was held here on Sunday at Bombay press club near Azad Maidan where scholarship was given to 16 girls and 12 boys in the presence of their parents.
Mohammed Hanif Khan, President of PFI, Maharashtra distributed these scholarships and explained students their responsibility towards the community.
“Today you are the students but tomorrow you’ll grow as responsible person, in this way we together makes difference. For this reason Popular front is in the social field to uplift the community”, Khan said in his address.
Last year 34 students from Pune, Aurangabad and Nanded were given scholarships by PFI under the same scheme.
PFI initiated this scheme of SCHOLARSHIP CUM LOAN in 2011 with an aim to help the meritorious students with weak financial backgrounds who wish to pursue higher studies after completing HSC.
“This scholarship is interest free loan to the students, which means when they complete education or get a job, they need to return this to the community that extended helping hand when they were in need. In this way this cycle goes on and everyone gets the due share when actually they are in need”, told Mazhar Khan, a PFI functionary from Mumbai.
“We have distributed Rs 2.84 crore so far to more than 3100 students from 12 states”, he added.
This is the fifth consecutive year that PFI is implementing this national level scholarship scheme for higher education.
“First batch of students who completed the course and got the job, have started repaying the loan amount which will be given to more students in coming years”, Mazhar Khan said.