Mahapola scholarship allowance to undergrads despite closure of campuses

Co-cabinet spokesman and Minister of Information and Mass Media, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, told the post-cabinet press briefing, on Wednesday, at the Information Department, that the Government would continue to provide the Mahapola Scholarship allowance to the university students even though the universities had been closed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

Accordingly, the Mahapola Scholarship stipend, for the past month, would be credited to the accounts of each student.

The Minister said that the funds for the Mahapola Scholarship were obtained through the lottery ticket sales. As a result of the adverse situation in the country, in the past few months, there were no lottery sales, he said.

However, the government would find funds to continue providing the Mahapola allowance to university students, the Minister said.

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