Mangalore, August 20: Educational scholarships worth Rs. 8.5 lakh were given to 224 engineering and medical students at a function organised by the Billawas of Dubai and Northern Emirates Committee at the Sri Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara Temple Hall, here on Sunday.
An additional Rs. 2.5 lakh were given as medical benefits to those from economically-backward families.
Former Union Minister B. Janardhan Poojary recounted the rise of the community in society — from not being allowed to enter temples to now owning temples and becoming successful businessmen.
And a major reason for the rise was because of such scholarships, he said.