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The Scholarship program of the Government has been enthusiastically welcomed by recipients with both academic and non-academic achievements. Therefore, the Government will prioritize its scholarships to potential children which have financial problems to continue their studies, said the Minister of Research, Technologies and Higher Education, Muhammad Nasir, in a dialogue with grantees of Bidikmisi scholarships and Higher Education Affirmation (Adik) scholarships for Papua, West Papua and Underdeveloped, Outermost and Frontier (3T) Regions at Tanjungpura University in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Saturday (9/17).
Director General of Learning and Student Affairs of the Ministry, Intan Ahmad, said that this year, the Government allocates a budget of Rp3.2 trillion for Bidikmisi scholarship to finance education of 320,000 students of graduate and polytechnic programs in both state and private universities. For Adik scholarship, the Government allocates Rp40 billion. This year, some 75,000 new students will be added to the number of Bidikmisi scholarship grantees.
Narima, a Bidikmisi scholarship grantee, currently studying at Tanjungpura University, will keep proving that he is deserves the Government’s assistance. His father is a farmer who cannot finance his education. According to Narimo, he has been living in a mushala in Kampungsagar for 2.5 years to survive with Bidikmisi scholarship of Rp600,000 per month. The fund is disbursed in every three months.
Meanwhile, Rector of Tanjungpura University, Thamrin Usman, said that Bidikmisi scholarship has given hope to poor families to keep their optimism in achieving their ambitions. In this university, more than 3,800 students enjoy Bidikmisi scholarships. This year, the University has an allocation of 882 new students for Bidikmisi scholarships. He expected that the Government will increase the number to 1.000 students in need.