QUETTA: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has awarded over 13,000 needs-based scholarships for study at undergraduate and graduate levels in the Pakistani universities. These scholarships, offered under different schemes, cover all regions of the country, including four provinces, FATA, Northern Areas and AJK.
HEC Spokesman said Commission provides opportunities for access to higher education, especially in this case to underprivileged candidates, who are able to gain admission in universities on merit but find it difficult to pursue studies due to financial constraints.
HEC is not only managing needs-based scholarships funded by the Government of Pakistan, but also US needs-based scholarships, Japanese needs-based scholarships, German needs-based scholarships and French needs-based scholarships. The foreign donors fund these students to complete their studies in Pakistani universities.
In Khyber Pashtunkhwa, 1984 students have benefitted from these scholarships while the number for AJK is 291, Northern Areas 37, Federal Area 1529, Punjab (including Southern Punjab) 4885, Sindh (including Interior Sindh) 3844 and Balochistan 632.The scholarship finances not only tuition fee but also extends to accommodation and living expenses. It enables academically qualified, but financially needy, Pakistani students to continue university studies in selected private and public universities of Pakistan.
The applicants are required to be Pakistani/AJK nationals. Students need to compete for securing admission at the selected institutions as per admission policy of the respective institution. Only those students who are enrolled in first semester/ professional year in the respective courses offered by the participating institutions are eligible to apply.
University administration finalizes scrutiny and convene meeting of the Institutional Scholarship Award Committee, which comprises university vice chancellor/rector, two eminent scholars, two senior faculty members and two community representatives.
The eligibility of a candidate is linked to neediness of the candidate as determined and assessed by financial background of his/her family. No applicant is considered if his/her family income is more than Rs. 35,000 per month.
In addition, HEC is also managing the Federal Government’s PM Youth initiative of Fee Reimbursement to support education sector of less developed areas of Balochistan, Gilgit/Baltistan, FATA, Interior Sindh, South Punjab, Malakand, Kohistan and D.I. Khan areas of Khyber Pashtunkhwa through payment of tuition fee of all students of these areas studying in Masters, MPhil in the public sector universities of their respective area of domicile and for PhD all public sector universities of Pakistan.