Japan offers scholarship grants to 30 government officials

22 May 2016, 19:58

NTV Online

Dhaka: As part of the ‘Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)’, the government of Japan will offer scholarship grants to for Bangladeshi Government officials and Bangladesh Bank officials, according to a release issued by the country’s embassy in Dhaka.

Japan has been providing academic opportunities to government and the central bank officials since 2002 under JDS programme ‘to obtain higher study in various fields such as public administration, economic planning, law, urban/rural planning, and public finance and investment policy at 9 different Japanese universities.’

Initially 15 officials used to get scholarships until 2014 when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her visit to Japan requested her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to increase the number of JDS fellows from Bangladesh. Responding to the request, ‘the Japanese Government decided to increase the number of JDS fellows from 15 to 25 last year [2015], and further, to 30 this year,’ the release said.

The signing ceremony of JDS was held at Economic Relations Division (ERD) of Ministry of Finance on Sunday with the Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Masato Watanabe and ERD senior secretary Mohammad Mejbahuddin signing the Exchange of Notes representing respective governments. JICA Bangladesh Office chief representative Mikio Hataeda also attended the ceremony.

‘It is expected that JDS fellows, with increased quota, would play a significant and growing role within the Bangladesh Government/ Bangladesh Bank after their return to Bangladesh by utilizing their experiences in Japan, and contribute to the socio-economic development in Bangladesh,’ the embassy release added.