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Pakistan Higher Education Commission to resume overseas scholarship programme

By Khalid Khattak

THE Higher Education Commission (HEC) has resumed its overseas scholarship programme for MS/MPhil leading to PhD which was earlier put on hold because of cut in funding by the federal government.

In November 2008, the HEC had to put on hold overseas scholarship scheme after grants were slashed. The decision had disappointed prospective students because most of them had not only secured admissions to foreign universities but had also obtained visas.

The issue had drawn widespread condemnation for the government as other students who were already studying at foreign universities under HEC’s overseas scholarship scheme had also faced problems. The government was widely criticised for spending lavishly on “bulky” cabinet and depriving brilliant students of opportunities to study at foreign universities.

A couple of days ago the commission started sending emails to students to inform them that it intended to resume scholarships which were earlier put on hold.

An email sent by an HEC official to one of the students reads: “It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the HEC has received full funds from the government of Pakistan and it intends to resume scholarships which were earlier put on hold due to severe financial crunch.”

Talking to The News, a number of students expressed happiness over the decision saying the process should be completed immediately so that students and their families might not suffer anymore.

A student, Attique, said the commission should make sure that those who had secured admissions might join their institutions from coming academic session.

“We have already gone through a tough competition”, he said adding “the commission should not restart the whole process like signing security bonds etc”.

When contacted, HEC executive director Dr Sohail H Naqvi said the government had released an amount of Rs 16.2 billion adding out of it Rs 8 billion was meant for overseas scholarship scheme.

To a question, he said there were around 340 students whose scholarships were put on hold adding most of these had secured admissions to universities of New Zealand, Italy, Germany and other European countries.

Dr Naqvi said students’ cases would be processed individually adding the commission wanted to complete the process as soon as possible.

The News, 10th May 2009


10 thoughts on “Pakistan Higher Education Commission to resume overseas scholarship programme”

  1. Hi Sir
    i am belong rural Area,i am also a poor family,my father did not afford to education fees.i will done BS(Hons) from Karakorum international university.i am willing to continue farther my education.but i have face to more financial kindly consider me a scholarship.i am thankful to you,i hope that to any response as soon

  2. sir men quad-e-awam university nawabshah m BE civil engineering kr raha ho mera father aik poor person h wo mera kartch affored nhe kr skta es lye men apse scholarship k request kr raha ho plz ap mjh apply krny ka tareeqa btao

  3. salam sir i am the student of electronic engineering studying in khyber puhktoon khwa university of engineering and technology . i belong to a poor family help due to financial problem i can,t continue my study .waif fur ur reply

  4. AOA

    Dear Sir

    I have done double specialisation such as MSc Computer Systems Engineering, MBA Innovative Management and now I want to do PhD in England in top level institute for instance University College London, Imperial College or City University. I have spent a lot of money in my education and now I want to do qualitative research in the field of Computer Science and Technology. I have done some publications such as Digital Filter Analysis and Design, CRM and Information Technology and I have written many articles. Your scholarship or funding can build my career and I can play a vital role in software technology transformation. For further details about me and my skills and talent, my research work I can provide you. I hope you will consider my request because I am going to play a vital role in the field of Software Systems Engineering in top level institution.

    Secondly I am living in UK and it will not possible for me to participate in test in August or guide me how can I give the scholarship test in UK if it is possible there. Please reply me as soon as possible.


  5. Sir I belong to poor family and my family is not able to afford my fees.Kindly help me in this matter.I am kinely interested in studies.I want your help through scholarship in Pakistan.I got 885/1050 Marks in Matric (Divisional Public School),842/1100 Marks in ICS (Punjab College For Women) and 544/760 Marks in B.COM(Part-1)(Punjab College of Commerce).
    I am waiting for ur kind response.

  6. sir i belong to a poor father did not support my fees. i want to continue my study. i have done master in physics.kindly help me through any scolarship

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