Donetsk, Oct 12 - DAN. DPR’s first ever finance cards were handed to students in Donetsk on Thursday.The Republic’s Education and Science Minister Larisa Polyakova and Central Republican Bank Deputy Governor Anatoly Gorlov took part in the ceremony held in Donetsk National Technical University conference hall.

“The student community initiated the project two years ago. The Education Ministry worked on it jointly with the Central Republican Bank; today, 24 best DPR students will receive their plastic cards as part of the grants scheme,” Polyakova told reporters. “The cards can be used for payments at DPR shops.”

The presentation was attended by students of Donetsk National Technical University, Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade, Donbass National Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Gorlovka Automobile and Road Institute and Donetsk State Music Academy.

“I believe it’s great honour to be one of the first to receive such cards; perhaps I really deserve it. Getting one’s grant will be much easier, we won’t have to stand long queues at the Dean’s Office to collect our money,” said Dmitry Mazolevsky, a third-year student at Donetsk National Technical University.

The grant scheme card was designed by students. It features a student academic record book in a jeans pocket. The bottom right corner displays the word “Zachet!” (Passed). Polyakova said the cards would be available to all DPR university students eligible for grants.*jk