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PPI Original Text (PPI-OT) – Higher Education Commission awards 1000 need based scholarships

Islamabad, May 29, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has approved 1000 scholarships to needy students from different parts of Pakistan under HEC merit and needs-based scholarship program. The first meeting of scholarship management committee held here at HEC headquarters Islamabad which was presided over by Dr. Nasser Ali Khan, Member (O and P) Higher Education Commission.

The selected students are enrolled in various disciplines at different public sector higher education institutions HEIs located in various parts of Pakistan. About five billion rupees would be spent over this program.

The needs based scholarships are focused on providing opportunities for access to higher education especially to under privileged students belonging to remote and far flung areas of the country who despite possessing academic merit, are unable to finance their education. Under this initiative, special emphasis is given to the students belonging to Balochistan, FATA, interior Sindh and Southern Punjab to support education of maximum number of academically qualified needy students from the very poor segments of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nasser Ali Khan Member HEC said that the HEC needs based scholarship program has been especially designed to provide financial support from HEC recurring budget to Pakistani students who are facing difficulties in securing admission at HEIs because of financial constraints.

He further said that HEC intends to award about 6000 scholarships during the period of three years under this program so that equitable access to higher education may be encouraged. He also emphasized over the university representatives to undertake collaborative efforts to get maximum financial support for deserving students. Prof. Dr. Riaz Hussain Qureshi, Advisor Human Resource Development Division, HEC in his opening remarks said that this scholarship program is an excellent opportunity for the talented yet needy and deserving students who are eligible to seek admission in HEIs on merit.

The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Mansoor Akber Kundi Vice Chancellor Gomal University D.I Khan , Prof Samina Amin Qadir Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah University Rawalpindi , Prof Dr Khalid Khan former Vice Chancellor PMAS Arid University , Prof Jamila Qazi Registrar SBKWU Quetta while Director IBA Sukkar attended meeting through video conferencing . The representatives of twenty public sectors were also present on the occasion.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: 90402404, 90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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