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Meritorious girl receives grants from Chandpur district administration

  • Published at 11:20 pm October 18th, 2019
Panna Akter
Panna Akter receives congratulatory flower from Md Masud Ahmad, principal of Hajiganj Degree College on Thursday, October 17, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

This year Panna Akter, of Raicho village of Purbo Borokul union of Hajiganj of the district, got into Mymensingh Medical College (MMC) obtaining 672nd position in the admission test

After a story of the meritorious daughter of a humble rickshaw-puller, facing uncertainty over pursuing her higher studies due to financial constraints, hit the social media, the Chandpur district administration, in a unique gesture,  decided to give her the chance that she truly deserved. 

This year Panna Akter, of Raicho village of Purbo Borokul union of Hajiganj of the district, got into Mymensingh Medical College (MMC) obtaining 672nd position in the admission test, but her family lacked the financial ability to send her to college.

Family sources said her father Md Dulal Mia, and mother Kohinoor Begum, a housewife, sought financial assistance on humanitarian grounds for their daughter to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor through an appeal on Facebook.

Her teachers also sought support while providing testimonials on her talent, and potential that they sincerely wish to see fulfilled.

Principal of her alma mater Hajiganj Degree College Masud Ahmed, and its Vice Principal Anwar Ullah said Panna obtained GPA-5 both in SSC, and HSC exams.

In this regard, Chandpur Deputy Commissioner Md Majedur Rahman Khan said: “Panna’s admission cost at the Mymensingh Medical College will be borne by the district administration. We will also try our best to cover the expenses during her six years in college.” 

Moreover, Chandpur 5 MP Major Rafiqul Islam (Retd) Bir Uttam also announced that he personally would cover Panna’s educational expenses during her six years in Mymensingh Medical College. 

He said: “Panna is an exceptional young student and she has a right to a better education as much as anyone. I hope she will use her intellect and integrity and do great things for the people of her country.”

Previously, Hajiganj Degree College authorities bore all necessary expenditures for her, including books. Besides, Belal Hossain, assistant professor of the department of mathematics, and his wife Bilkis Begum, assistant professor of the department of management of the college, bore the expenses for her coaching.