The seventh Steering Committee for the Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship met with the Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) Dr. Sania Nishtar within the chair to deliberate its progress and approve its price range for the educational 12 months 2020-21.
On this regard, the committee authorized a price range of Rs. 6.53 billion for 67,000 need-and-merit-based undergraduate scholarships nationwide. The members of the committee detailed that 111,685 undergraduates (comprising 42,430 females) had utilized for scholarships by way of the net software portal which had publicly been closed for purposes on 30 November 2020.
The attendees additionally reviewed the sector execution of this system with 125 public sector universities.
Dr. Nishtar emphasised the necessity to expedite the method for the granting of the scholarships and the disbursements for the educational 12 months 2020-21. The brand new purposes are at present below scrutiny, and it’s anticipated that the ultimate choice course of will likely be accomplished by April.
The SAPM additionally urged the Benazir Earnings Help Programme (BISP) and the Greater Training Fee (HEC) to execute a communications marketing campaign and the disbursal of funds in a well timed trend throughout this section.
The committee was knowledgeable that the HEC will reopen the portal for fifteen days within the second week of March to facilitate candidates from the medical universities within the public sector.
Talking on the event, Dr. Nishtar remarked, “As a part of the Ehsaas coverage, 50 % of scholarship awardees must be ladies and a pair of % differently-abled”.
She added, “Guaranteeing transparency, this educational program ought to profit on precedence; deserving ladies, differently-abled college students, and people from lagging areas who utilized for scholarship”.
The Rs. 24 billion Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship is a ground-breaking program of the federal government that grants 50,000 scholarships per 12 months to undergraduate college students (50 % ladies) from low-income households and areas throughout all of the 4 provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan who’re enrolled in 4 and five-year undergraduate diploma packages. It covers tuition charges and a dwelling stipend.
For the educational 12 months 2019-20, scholarships value Rs. 4.827 billion have been awarded to 50,762 undergraduate college students throughout the nation.
The Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarships program is being overseen by the Ehsaas Scholarships Steering Committee and is co-chaired by the SAPM on Social Safety and Poverty Alleviation and the Chairperson BISP, and the Chairman HEC.
The assembly concluded with the choice that the committee will formally work out the whistleblowing and grievance redressal mechanism for this system.