Higher Education Commission (HEC) has invited applications from students having an ambulatory disability by September 15, 2020, to receive electric wheelchairs under the second phase of the Prime Minister’s Electric Wheelchair Scheme for University Students.
The students being enrolled in public sector universities and affiliated colleges during the Fall Semester 2020-21 can submit their applications through www.eportal.hec.gov.pk/wheelchair. The scheme’s eligibility criteria cover students who have a physical and permanent ambulatory disability to such a degree that they are unable to move from one place to another without a wheelchair.
The students unable to cross hurdles because of paralysis or loss of leg functionality or the students that have lost one or both legs can avail electric wheelchairs. However, all the applicants must have a valid certificate of a special person or ambulatory disability from relevant government authorities.
The aspiring students must fill and submit online application forms through the portal mentioned above by the due date, print their application and submit it to the office of respective Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, or designated person. Universities will forward shortlisted cases to HEC for further necessary action.
It is pertinent to mention that 206 electric wheelchairs were distributed among students during the first phase of the PM Electric Wheelchair Scheme. The students who received the wheelchairs in the first phase are not eligible to apply in the second phase.