The government plans to launch the ‘Ehsaas’ Undergraduate Scholarship scheme within the next few weeks. An MoU in this regard was signed on 20th September 2019. The initiative’s steering committee met on Thursday to shore up modalities of the joint working.
The meeting was Co-chaired by Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation and HEC Chairman Dr. Tariq Banuri. It was called to jointly finalize the eligibility criteria of the initiative, its standard operating procedures, allocation of scholarships, financial mechanism and communications plan.
The right to free education from age 5 to 16 years is guaranteed under Article 25-A and to provide monetary help to education beyond that age, the ‘Ehsaas’ undergraduate scholarship program is being introduced by the government. Under this project, eligible youngsters will have access to higher education irrespective of income, gender, or location. The amount of scholarships will be dependent on the budget envelope.
Dr. Nishtar while commenting on the project said,
The Prime Minister has instructed that the undergraduate scheme should be launched as soon as possible. The government realizes that deprivation to education is the highest contributor in Pakistan’s national multi-dimensional poverty index. Therefore, ‘Ehsaas’ will pay special attention to the education of undergraduate students, especially women and girls from underprivileged families and areas.
Amongst those in attendance were by Ali Raza Bhutta, Secretary BISP; Arshad Mehmood, Additional Secretary Finance; Dr. Fateh Marri, Executive Director, HEC; and Dr. Raza Chohan, DG HEC, Dr. Muhammad Ali, VC Quaid e Azam University and Convener – VCs Committee and Dr. Khalid Mehmood, Sr. Director Complementary Initiatives.