The Mahapola scholarship will be increased from Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 5,000 from next year, Cooperative and Internal Trade Deputy Minister Hemal Gunasekara said.
He said around 12,000 students have been selected as recipients of the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship for 2013/14.
May 8th this year,Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa answered questions on a Twitter Q&A posted by “Lanka University News” and said Government is seriously considering to increase it. Also President said that “These students will get a substantial increase. Studies indicate that there are about 10% of students who are most deserving of assistance”.
Also Higher Education minister S.B. Dissanayake said that the government was contemplating increasing the monthly Mahapola Scholarship grant from Rs. 2500 to Rs. 5000 as it had been found that the majority of the scholarship recipients could not manage with the present allowance.