ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched Ehsaas undergraduate scholarship program, the largest ever need based undergraduate program in the history of Pakistan.
Under this program, 200,000 scholarships would be awarded to the needy students over the next four years.
Fifty percent of these scholarships will go to women to promote human capital development under the umbrella of ‘Ehsaas’ program.
Addressing the launching ceremony, Imran Khan said the scholarships would be granted to the students who cannot afford higher studies. He said if youth would not get quality education and job then they would go towards drugs.
He said it was a misconception that women who got higher education and sat back at home were wasted, because a woman was the person who educated the complete family.
“Behind my success in sports and what I am today is my educated mother,” he said.
The idea behind Ehsas Programme was Riyasat e Madina, which took responsibility for its weak part of society, PM Imran said.
“We have divided our education system into three different categories which is injustice. The division of education into madressah, English medium and Urdu medium is because of the colonial mind-set,” he rued.
Narrating about his dream of building the Namal college, he said first he dreamt of building a technical college, then the dream grew bigger and it was turned into a university and now he dreamt of converting it into a knowledge city like Oxford.
Earlier in a tweet, Special Assistant on Social Protection & Poverty Alleviation Sania Nishtar said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was committed to promoting financial access to education and offered an equal opportunity to women.
On Oct 7, PM Imran Khan had launched Ehsaas Saylani Langar Scheme in Islamabad to provide free food to the needy and deserving people.
The prime minister had said the PTI government’s steps were aimed at uplifting the lower strata of the society ultimately leading the country to a welfare state.