The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has awarded Allama Iqbal Scholarship to 91 Sri Lankan students for Fall-2020 and Spring-2021 sessions.
Out of 525 applicants who had applied for Medical, Engineering, BS, MS, and PhD programs, in response to HEC announcement, 172 were shortlisted for interviews and now 91 out of them have been awarded the scholarships.
A selection board was constituted for online interviews, which comprised officials from HEC Pakistan, Pakistan High Commission (PHC) Colombo, and University Grants Commission (UGC), Sri Lanka.
This scholarship will help students to pursue higher education in Pakistani universities, under Pak-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Program.
The selected students have already started arriving in Pakistan and so far 27 students have reached Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Sukkur to join their respective universities.
Allama Iqbal Scholarship is spread over five years and will provide an opportunity for 1,000 Sri Lankan students to visit Pakistan and pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degree programs in Engineering Sciences, Basic and Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. These scholarships are part of HEC’s internationalization initiative to encourage international students to study in Pakistan.
The Sri Lankan students will study in their respective programs in COMSATS University, Islamabad; Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi; Government College University, Lahore; Hazara University, Mansehra; Islamic International University, Islamabad; Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar; Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro; NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi; National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad; Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur; University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila; and University of the Punjab (UoP), Lahore.