Islamabad, April 16: The long awaited scholarship scheme for Masters, M.Phil and PhD level students of Gilgit-Bltistan, Balochistan and FATA has been approved at a meeting by the interim Prime Minister today. The scheme will benefit around 11,000 students in these three regions.
The “Prime Minister’s Tuition Fee Payment Scheme”, as it has been named, for Masters, M.Phill and PhD was approved and launched at a meeting attended by Dr. Sania Nishtar, Federal Minister for Professional and Technical Education, Science and Technology and IT, officials of PM’s Secretariat and Ministry of professional and technical education.
Under the pre-paid scheme, the entire tution expenditures of the scholars during Masters, M.phill and PhD degree will be borne by the Federal Government. The scheme further envisages that federal government will bear all educational expenditure of an estimated 10,825 students from these areas of which 9,128 students belong to Balochistan.
It was also approved that in case of PhD, the students of Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA would be eligible to benefit from the scheme even if they get admission in Universities and Colleges outside their cities / regions. He has also approved that students hailing from FATA would benefit from the scheme if they are admitted in Universities and Colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Prime Minister said that his government is prepared to commit more resources to education and prioritize it as it considers it critical to human resource development and future of the nation.