The students would be given Rs 1.2 lakh as part of the scholarship programme, instituted by a leading corporate house, and would get Rs 5,000 on a monthly basis for two years.
"To know about their fight against financially challenging situations, it makes me feel willpower can overcome all hurdles. If given a little financial help, these young people can realise their dreams in life," popular Bengali actor and wildlife enthusiast Sabyasachi Chakraborty, who was present as the Guest of Honour, said on the occasion.
"This initiative will help the students meet the cost of higher studies," he said.
The 14 students, having parents like hawkers, masons, maids, small traders, rickshaw pullers, were chosen after a committee scanned local media reports which narrated the individual life stories after Madhyamik 2017 results were out and then reached out to them, a Prerna 2017 organiser said.
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