HEC to award 600 PhD scholarships to Balochistan students
14 September, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) is planning to award 600 masters leading to PhD scholarships to the natives of Balochistan. According to HEC official, the federal government has recently approved the subject project under the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package on August 30, at a cost of Rs 3,138.692 billion.
The project focuses towards providing opportunities for access to higher education to financially constrained youth of Balochistan, who despite possessing academic merit are unable to continue their further studies. The offered scholarship would cover tuition costs, accommodation and living expenses of the selected candidates. The project would supplement the efforts of government of Pakistan to focus on human resource development in the country.
It would provide incentives to the talented students of Balochistan to achieve excellence in their areas of interest and ensure availability of trained manpower for research and development in the country in basic sciences, agriculture, life sciences and engineering and technology, arts, languages and social sciences.
The project would be helpful in covering two important aspects, recognition of merit, and ensuring parity at national level, which would lead towards national integration, cohesion and strengthening the bonds of fraternity.
Accordingly to the HEC official, 400 indigenous and 200 overseas scholarships for masters and MS leading to PhD studies would be awarded to the natives of the province.
Balochistan is comprised of 30 districts and each district would get its share of foreign and indigenous scholarships on the basis of its population. Furthermore, 25pc scholarships have been reserved for in-service government, research and development organisations, faculty members, and employees of universities, colleges and degree awarding institutes and remaining 75pc would be awarded on open merit.