Keonjhar, September 16: As many as 11,856 meritorious students of the district were awarded scholarships to the tune of over Rs 18 crore at the DMF Scholarship-2023 distribution ceremony here on Saturday.
School and Mass Education Minister Sudam Marndi graced the event as the chief guest. District Collector Ashish Thakare presided over the ceremony.
A total of 11,856 students from various categories were awarded scholarship grants exceeding Rs 18 crore.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Marndi laid emphasis on a robust education system for a progressive nation. To this end, the Odisha Government is unwavering in its commitment to enhance the state’s educational framework.
On this occasion, the District Collector announced a special scholarship ‘DMF Ananya’ for the female students of Keonjhar district, ‘DMF UTKARSHA’ for the students of the district enrolled in national-level educational institutes, a Higher Secondary Scholarship (HSS) for Plus-II students and extension of mid-day meal for the Class-IX and X students of Government schools of the district.
A dedicated portal (scholarship.dmfkeonjhar.in) was also launched by the Minister and the scholarship amounts were transferred to the bank accounts of meritorious students. Eligible students can apply for the scholarship through this portal.
Today, as many as 9,991 meritorious students of Keonjhar district who passed the matriculation examination from Government high schools were awarded a total scholarship amount of Rs 14.47 crore, with the 13 block toppers receiving their certificates from the Minister.
Similarly, 389 meritorious students who passed Matric examination from Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya (OAV) were given a scholarship amount of Rs 73.85 lakh, with 11 students receiving their certificates.
Additionally, 1,472 meritorious students in the higher secondary category were granted scholarships amounting to Rs 3.33 crore, and four students received certificates from the Minister.
During the event, nine candidates, who successfully passed the Odisha Civil Service (OCS)-2021 examination from Keonjhar district were also felicitated.