STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has awarded 2,528 foreign as well as 4,108 indigenous scholarships to various scholars during the last five years. HEC also extended financial assistance to 8,178 students under different need-based programmes during this period, an official source this correspondent.
According to details, 1432 foreign scholarships were awarded to scholars including 238 females in Punjab during the said period.
A total of 304 scholarships including 68 to female scholars hailing from Sindh were awarded while 482 scholarships including 43 to female scholars were given in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Around 75 scholarships including 13 to female students of Balochistan also declared successful in obtaining these scholarships.
The data shows that 116 scholarships including 25 to female scholars belonging to Azad Jammu and Kashmir were also awarded while 39 scholarships including one to female scholars of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) got the honour to get these scholarships.
The official further disclosed that as many as 10 scholarships including two to female scholars were awarded in Gilgit-Baltistan. Seventy scholars were awarded to the male students of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), whereas 17 scholarships have been awarded to female students of ICT.