KARACHI – British High Commissioner to Pakistan Philip Barton announced 7,500 British Scholarships for needy schoolgirls in 11 districts of South Punjab region during the current year (2013-2014) through Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF).
Another 250 scholarships would be awarded to graduate level students from selected institutes in Punjab. These scholarships were announced after the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Department for International Development – UK (DFID – UK) and Punjab Education Endowment Fund.
Schoolgirls from Chiniot, Layyah, Muzafar Garh, Lodhran, Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan, Bhakar, Vehari, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur and Bahawalpur will receive stipends of up to Rs 3,000 (approx. £17) per month which will be transferred by bi-annual electronic payments to cover fees, books, transport, and other costs. The two-year scholarships will enable high-performing girls from poor families to continue their education, which they would otherwise not be able to afford.
The MoU signed between DFID and PEEF would enable PEEC to provide a total of 27,500 girls and 500 graduate students with scholarships, through the £10.9million (nearly Rs 2 billion) from DFID, over a time span of six years. Graduate students would be selected from LUMS, COMSATS – Lahore, FAST – Lahore, Namal – Mianwali, GIKI Swabi, COMSATS – Islamabad and NUST – Islamabad.
In this regard, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Philip Barton expressed that, education is the single most important factor that can transform Pakistan’s future. These scholarships are provided to help remove financial barriers and provide bright young minds with the opportunity to pursue their dreams and build a future free of poverty. He said that these scholarships are aimed at young schoolgirls because investing in girls and women is transformational – for their family, their community, and for the country. Girls who stay in school for longer go on to have healthier children and a more prosperous future.
PEEF has already started short listing students and is expected to be completed these 7750 additional scholarships by Feb. 2014.