Rs7.5 bn reimbursed to 149,695 students from underdeveloped districts

ISLAMABAD: Under Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme, an amount of Rs7.5 billion has been reimbursed to around 149,695 students belonging to less developed districts of the country.

PM Fee Reimbursement Scheme 2018 is offering its services to almost 114 less developed districts of Pakistan and around 108,036 students are benefiting from the scheme with scholarships worth around Rs5 billion.

Under this scheme, the students would get a waiver of full tuition fee, registration fee, admission fee, library charges, and laboratory charges along with other educational expenditures.

The prime minister has set the list of the specific regions that are eligible for this fee reimbursement scheme and the regions to include Baluchistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA, Interior Sindh, and Southern Punjab.

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Meanwhile, students from other districts of Punjab including Khushab, Mianwali, Attock, Bhakkar, and that of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Chitral, Lower Dir, Malakand, Upper Dir, Buner, Swat, Shangla, Malakand, Kohistan, Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Lakki Marwat, Battgaram, Torghar, Kohat, Karak and Bannu, besides refugees of Azad Jammu and Kashmir have also been included in the scheme.

Domicile holders of the above-mentioned districts are eligible to benefit from the scheme provided that they get admission in public sector universities recognised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) located in those underdeveloped areas of the country.

However, students of PhD hailing from the above-mentioned areas of the country can benefit from the scheme by seeking admission in any HEC recognised public sector university in the county.

Talking to APP, chairperson of the scheme Leila Khan said that PM Fee Reimbursement Scheme was enabling youth and poor segments of society to get stress-free opportunities of higher education, economic empowerment, and acquiring skills needed for lucrative employment.

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