STAFF REPORT IBD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to award 6,000 scholarships to needy students from different parts of Pakistan under the merit and needs-based scholarship programme during the next three years.

“These scholarships would be awarded to talented but financially constrained students especially those from rural areas so as to ensure greater equity in enrollment at different public sector higher education institutions throughout the country,” Dr. Nasser Ali Khan, HEC Member (OandP), told a meeting held at the HEC, Islamabad.

He said that under this new initiative, special emphasis has been laid to the students belonging to Balochistan, FATA, interior Sindh and Southern Punjab to support higher education of maximum number of academically qualified but needy students from the very poor segments of the country. The scholarships would be awarded through a transparent and well-defined mechanism. The meeting was also informed that so far 1000 scholarships have been awarded.

The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Riaz Hussain Qureshi, Advisor HRD, HEC Islamabad, Prof Dr Junaid Zaidi, Rector COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Prof. Dr. Mansoor AkberKundi, VC Gomal University, Prof. Dr.  Samina Amin Qadir, VC Fatima Jinnah University.

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