Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan to Distribute 50,000 Undergraduate Scholarships Under Ehsaas Program

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Ehsaas Program Undergraduate Scholarships
Credits: AL Arabiya

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will give away 50,000 undergraduate scholarships to the needy students that have been shortlisted under the Ehsaas Program.

What is the Ehsaas Program? – The objective of the Ehsaas scholarships program is to ensure that no eligible student is deprived of higher education because of financial need.

How many scholarships? –  The Ehsaas Program aims to hand out 200,000 scholarships over a course of 4 years. The first batch of 50,000 scholarships will be handed out today.

Reportedly, amongst the beneficiary of these scholarships, half of the students are girls and hail from low-income backgrounds, whereas 2% of scholarships have been allocated for special needs students.

What is the eligibility? – Students with a household income of Rs 45,000 or below and studying in undergraduate programmes across 119 public sector universities recognized by HEC were eligible to apply.

Reportedly, as many as 132,192 undergraduate students (49,841 girls) applied for scholarships for the academic year 2019-20.

How were the candidates selected for the Ehsaas Program Undergraduate Scholarships? – An awards committee had been set for provisional decisions based on applications and documents received and recommended them for ratification by the program steering committee.

The decisions by the committee were then followed up with provisional decisions based on applications and documents received and recommended them for ratification by the program steering committee.

On this occasion,

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar said:

Pakistan has one of the youngest populations in the world and the government could not afford to waste the demographic dividend that is key to building a strong and sustainable economy.

By offering these Ehsaas undergraduate scholarships to the deserving best and brightest minds across our country we are enriching the Pakistani workforce, encouraging diversity across all our professions and investing in the leaders of tomorrow.

She said with fifty percent girls’ inclusion in these scholarships, Pakistan would also benefit the measures in this program to tackle gender discrimination in education, which negatively impacts our nation’s health and economic growth.

The project is being overseen by the Ehsaas Scholarships Steering Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Nishtar and Chairman HEC.

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