Scholarships scheme for the unprivileged to be launched by the Govt

ISLAMABAD: To facilitate students from underprivileged families and areas, the government will launch Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship (EUS) project in the current month, announced Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar at a meeting of EUS project’s steering committee.

The meeting was held to address modalities of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) jointly working, as per the memorandum of agreement which was signed between the BISP and the HEC on Sept 20, 2019.

The Ehsaas project has over 130 policies and programmes and the undergraduate scholarship project was one of them, she further briefed in the meeting co-chaired by Ms Nishtar and HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri.

The scholarship programme by Ehsaas is being launched to provide financial access to education beyond the point of the right to free education to children aged five to 16 years as per Article 25-A of the Constitution.

The number of scholarships will be determined based on the budget envelope, as students will be given access to undergraduate education regardless of income, gender or location.

Through this programme, the government will counter illiteracy, which has been the highest contributor to Pakistan’s national multidimensional poverty index.

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