Talent requires favorable socioeconomic condition to flourish. A nation cannot reach its culmination without giving due support to its bright and brilliant pupil. Bangladesh is a developing country faced with several challenges including natural disasters and poor economical infrastructure. It is very difficult for the Government to provide due support to fiscal challenged meritorious students. Thus, many promising students cannot translate their dreams into reality. To help these students flourish into their full potential and lead a better life, Dr. Imdad H. Khan and his wife Mrs. Sitara Khan, a compassionate Bangladeshi US expatriate sponsored this scholarship and SpaandanB has been implementing it since 2004. With a view to creating future leaders from every walks of life, this scholarship provides financial assistance to meritorious but financially insolvent students to pursue higher studies in science, engineering and medicine. This scholarship is unique in the sense that a recipient gets financial aid throughout the completion of his or her undergraduate degree.
Dr. Imdadul Haque Khan, commonly known as Dr. Imdad Khan, lived his childhood in the village Amla, Kushtia, Bangladesh. He became a US citizen and lived with his wife, Sitara Khan in Saratoga, California. After Matriculation from Amla High school in 1945 with distinction, he completed I.Sc. and B.Sc. honours in Physics from the Rajshahi Government College, and M.Sc. in Physics from the Dhaka University.
Each year Imdad-Sitara Khan scholarship program provides scholarships in the following categories at $20 per month rate –
Engineering: 120 scholarships ( 30 scholarships for each year from 1st through 4th year)
Medicine: 150 scholarships ( 30 scholarships for each year from 1st through 5th year)
Science: 120 scholarships ( 30 scholarships for each year from 1st through 4th year)
HSc: 60 scholarships ( 30 scholarships for each year from 1st through 2nd year)
A selection committee comprised of 9 reputed academicians of Bangladesh and SpaandanB officials seeks for applications from prospective 1st year candidates through advertisements in major news papers. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic records and financial status. Qualified students may need to appear in a viva with the selection committee. All the selected students are awarded with the scholarship through an award ceremony.
Once a student gets the scholarship for the first year, he/she needs to reapply with academic reports for the continuation for subsequent years. If the students maintain a certain level of academic achievement, the scholarship is extended for all the years of the graduate study.
Students academic records are collected and verified by SpaandanB officials. All records and progress reports are shared with the Imdad-Sitara Khan Foundation in U.S.A.