District Collector V. Sampath today gave away educational scholarship worth Rs. 2.55 lakh to 74 students who have lost either or both of their parents to HIV/AIDS and those who have also contracted the virus.

On the occasion the Collector said that 19 of the students had lost both their parents to HIV/AIDS and 43 had lost one of the parents, while 12 students were infected with the virus. For meeting the educational, nutritional and medical expenses of such students, the State government had allotted a sum of Rs. 5 crore this fiscal, he said.Project Officer (AIDS control wing) N. Dhayanidhi spoke. — Special Correspondent