600 Afghan students to get free education in Pakistan
01 July, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has offered 600 scholarships for the current academic year 2012-2013 for Afghan students to study in different disciplines at prominent educational institutions, professional colleges and universities of Pakistan.
"Pakistan has been offering fully funded scholarships since 2009 under the 'Prime Minister of Pakistan's 2000 scholarships scheme for Afghan Students'," says a press release received on Saturday from Kabul.
Pakistan Embassy in Kabul held a written test on Saturday and the successful candidates would be able to benefit from the scheme to study at educational institutions of Pakistan. All the expenses of the students, including tuition fee, boarding and lodging, travelling to and from Afghanistan will be borne by the government of Pakistan.
About 1,500 Afghan students are already benefiting from this scheme. It may be mentioned here that over 30,000 Afghan nationals have graduated from Pakistani institutions and now play active role in the reconstruction and socio-economic development of their country.
The government of Pakistan offers the scholarships to Afghan students in the fields of medicine, engineering, information technology, business administration, agriculture, economics, natural sciences and teaching. Pakistan attaches utmost significance to the development of education in Afghanistan and would further increase the number of scholarships in the years to come, the statement added.