On Thursday 16th April 2021, Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr, Imran Khan launched an initiative to help underprivileged students at an undergraduate and intermediate level. The educational financial aid program named “Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen” was put into motion yesterday during a ceremony held in Islamabad.
The Pakistani government has allocated a total of 28 billion rupees which will be awarded as a total of three hundred and fifty thousand scholarships over five years. Each year the government will distribute 5.5 billion rupees among seventy thousand awardees.
While addressing he said that the scholarship will be equally provided to students irrespective of their religious beliefs. 50% of the total funding is dedicated to female students, 2% for disabled, and the rest to male students.
He further elaborated that the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will also be launching their separate scholarships program. “No nation can progress without education,” he said while emphasizing the role education plays in the uplifting of a nation. All the provincial representatives remarked that this program will result in a revolution in the education sector of Pakistan.
Federal Education Minister Mr, Shafqat Mehmood acclaimed the launch of the Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen scholarship program at the occasion. He explained the allocated amount will be delegated to 129 universities across the nation. Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr, Usman Buzdar was present in the ceremony via video link declaring that an application system has been created for this scholarship.