ISLAMABAD: Students studying in undergraduate programs at 119 public sector universities across the country can apply for scholarships, prime minister's special assistant Dr Sania Nishtar said on Monday.
In a statement, Dr Nishtar announced that the Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Online Portal has been opened for the academic year 2020-21.
She said the students whose family income was less than Rs 45,000 could apply for the scholarship through the online portal.
The undergraduate scholarships, worth a total of Rs 4.827 billion, were distributed among students in the academic year 2019-20.
Prime Minister Imran Khan formally inaugurated the 'Ehsaas Scholarship Program' on November 4, 2019. Under the programme, scholarships were to be given to 50,000 undergraduate students from low-income families every year.
The four-year programme is expected to benefit 200,000 students.
The scholarship includes a 100% tuition fee and a monthly stipend of Rs4,000. The scope of the programme includes public sector universities in all four provinces, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Fifty percent of the scholarships are for girls and 2% for students with disabilities.
The total budget of the programme is Rs 24 billion, Nishtar said.
This is the country's largest need-based scholarship programme that will provide opportunities for children from low-income families to pursue higher education, she said.
A total of 132,192 applications were received through the online portal of the Higher Education Commission for the year 2019-20. The scholarships have been issued to 50,762 students after scrutiny under the set rules.
The programme is overseen by the Ehsaas Scholarship Steering Committee, Dr Nishtar added.
Sources, however, claim six-member committee has been formed to execute seat adjustment deal
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