With the nation currently in a state of disarray both politically and economically, the need for productive developments has been dire. As it happens, good news has arrived in the form of an announcement made by the nation’s prime minister yesterday; Imran Khan has officially launched the ‘largest ever needs-based undergraduate scholarship program in the history of Pakistan’ under the umbrella of the Ehsaas program.
Developed with the underlying goal of steadily improving educational opportunities for aspiring undergraduate students and consequently enhancing the state of education in the nation, this immense scholarship program is very promising indeed. With a grand total of 200,000 scholarships to be issued over the next four years, half of which will be for women, the program will go a long way in giving a boost to the disadvantaged sections of our population.
I will launch the largest ever needs-based undergraduate scholarship programme in the history of Pakistan today. 200,000 scholarships will be awarded over the next 4 years, 50,000 every year, 50% of these for women to promote human capital development under my @Ehsaas_Pk umbrella
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 4 November 2019
As per the program, 50,000 scholarships will be awarded to deserving and needy students per year over the course of the next four years. The scholarships will be issued by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and will be applicable for both public and participating private universities and colleges. They will not only cover tuition fees but will also provide stipends to high-achievers from financially disadvantaged families.
In order to qualify for these scholarships, the students must belong to either public sector universities or non-profit private institutions. Students admitted to any public sector university on the basis of merit as well as those belonging to families with overall income below the poverty threshold are also eligible.
The deadline for applying for the scholarship program is 10th December 2019. In order to apply for it, one must visit the online portal for Ehsaas scholarship and submit the completed forms at his or her university’s Financial Aid Office.