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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

List not revealed due no committee meeting - Ministry

Ministry of Higher Education Employment and Social Security has revealed that due to lack of quorum of the committee, ministry is unable to reveal that names of selected candidates.

Visam Ali Director General at the Ministry speaking to Miadhu Daily said the names of candidates selected for scholarships under National Fund has not been revealed as scheduled as the Ministry is unable to convene a meeting of the committee due to lack of quorum. However Visam pointed out the names will be revealed sometime this week or early next week.

“The meeting of the committee was cancelled due to lack of quorum that is why the names have not been made public” said Visam.

A student who wishes to remain anonymous told Miadhu Daily that the delay indicates the irresponsibility of concerned officials of the Ministry and that this happens every year.
“It has nearly 3 months now and still they are unable come out with the list, this happens every year” said the student.

Vissam speaking to Miadhu Daily on the 5 of this month said that a total 555 people applied for loans under the Loan Scheme of the National Fund and that the ministry would be able to reveal the successful candidates later in the week.

Director General revealed that when the deadline to apply for 75 scholarships expired on the 26 of December last year 555 people applied for loans under the scheme.

According to the Ministry four areas were considered in the selection process. They are students with exemplary academic records, students who have obtained scholarships where tuition fees are waived, students currently studying, and for those who wish continue further training on specialized fields.

The National Fund established to provide assistance to students seeking higher education will give priority to areas where government gives priority and for technical and vocational training.

Related news: Ministry to reveal successful candidates names next week

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