The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to announce reserved seats in the fields of medical and engineering for the students of Balochistan and Fata on open merit and self-finance basis.
The decision was taken during a special meeting held here at HEC. The meeting was presided over by Executive Director HEC Professor Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi and attended by Secretary Higher Education Balochistan Sher Khan Bazai, Advisor HRD HEC Professor Dr. Riaz Hussain Qureshi, Chief Education, P&D Balochistan Muhammad Asif Khan and representative from Fata Secretariat Aurangzeb.
The HEC has 29 reserved medical seats in the medical colleges of KPK and around 50 seats in different engineering universities including UET Lahore, UET Taxila, UET Peshawar, MUET Jamshoro, and QUEST Nawabshah. The distribution of seat is on 60:40 ratios for the students of Balochistan and Fata respectively.
The test of the potential candidates would be conducted though National Testing Service Pakistan (NTS) during the first week of October this year in Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad and Karachi.
The participants of the meeting were of the view that this step would enable the students of Balochistan and Fata to get opportunity of equipping themselves with professional education at the leading higher education institutions of the country. During the meeting it was also decided that current needs of Balochistan and FATA would be assessed in higher education sector and future programs would be chalked out accordingly.
HEC has already awarded 2,000 scholarships to students of Balochistan and FATA under the project ‘Provision of Higher Education Opportunities for Balochistan and Fata’ during last four years. Under second and new phase of the project, 1,500 scholarships would also be awarded to the students of the Balochistan and FATA. The HEC has also arranged foundation course for 684 students of Balochistan at Quetta. To date 66 scholars have completed their studies and among these 7 scholars from Balochistan have shown outstanding performance and have clinched gold medal from leading Universities of country i.e. COMSATS, NUST, GC University Lahore and University of Balochistan.
Recently, 600 Masters leading to PhD scholarships for the natives of Balochistan province have been announced under the ‘Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package’ with the cost of Rs3138.692 million. The project is focused towards providing opportunities for access to higher education to financially constrained youth of Balochistan, who despite possessing academic merit are unable to continue their further studies. The offered scholarship would cover tuition costs, accommodation and living expenses of the selected candidates.
Under faculty development programme, HEC has accorded approval for more than 360 foreign scholarships for the faculty members of seven higher education institutions of the province. Through this innovative initiative, the younger faculty is enhancing their further higher education at the leading universities of academically advanced countries.