The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced to giveaways fully-funded overseas scholarships for MS/MPhil and Ph.D.
Students from all over Pakistan are encouraged to apply, including those from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
These scholarships are for the session of Spring and Fall 2021. However, the scholarships are being offered to selective students.
MS/MPhil scholarships are being offered in Engineering Technology, while Ph.D. scholarships are limited to specific fields.
If successful, the chosen candidates will get a chance to study in HEC-recognized top-ranked foreign universities for educational purposes. Moreover, to qualify for the Ph.D. scholarships, all candidates must have an MS/MPhil/ME degree or an equivalent (18 years) with a minimum 3 CGPA (first division in case of the annual system).
On the other hand, HEC has shared that all candidates will only be allowed to have just one 2nd division throughout the academic career before their final degree.
If the applied candidates are full-time regular faculty members of public sector universities/colleges and employees of the public sector, R&D organizations registered with the Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST) and are aged 35 or less on or before 12 October can apply for the scholarship program.
It is essential to add here that HEC will reward all candidates who have applied based on merit, based on the HEC Aptitude Test (HAT) organized by the Education Testing Council (ETC) Pakistan that is set to take place on 18 October.
Only candidates that will secure a minimum of 70% of marks in HAT will be considered for the MS/MPhil and Ph.D. scholarships.
The scholarship will cover all their academic tuition fees, other academic fees, round airfare tickets, monthly stipend, accommodation fees, book allowance, and health insurance.
It is also essential to add that all scholarship students are expected to return to Pakistan once their degree/program comes to an end. Those who fail to comply with the terms will be added to the list of defaulters, and their scholarships will be considered as null. Their names will be published on HEC’s website under the defaulter tab.
Previously, HEC shared 132 defaulters from Pakistan who had failed to return after completing their degree. Moreover, a subcommittee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was shocked to learn that out of 583 projects, around 106 research projects were still incomplete, at various educational institutes, even after a decade despite funding the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The committee was also informed that 82 scholars had not returned to Pakistan after completing their PhDs, while 52 had been declared fail by various foreign universities.
The chairman shared that some recoveries had been made and that the cases have been registered in the court accordingly. It was found that only one defaulter had returned the money.