JAMSHORO:Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal has entered into an agreement with the Sindh University (SU) administration to provide scholarships to its postgraduate students under the Prime Minister’s Ehsaas Kifalat program. The deserving scholars will be given cheques on the basis of merit.

A ceremony in this regard was held at VC office, where Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro and Managing Director (MD) of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Malik Zaheer Ahmed Khokhar put their signatures on the memorandum of understanding (MoU).

On the occasion, the two leaders exchanged their views about the successful completion of first phase of Ehsaas Kifalat Scholarship for undergraduate students of all the varsities of the country and discussed about the benefit of the program for the students.

SU Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro while talking to the MD proposed that the students seeking admissions on self-finance basis ought to be included in the same scholarship so that they too may get assistance and continue their higher education.

He said that some students got admissions under self-finance scheme after they failed to be admitted on merit, however, he said later, they could not continue their education due to poverty and poor financial conditions.

He said that Sindh University was the first university of the country that was established in 1947 and youngsters from all over the province and across the country came there to pursue higher education, most of who are not in a very good financial position.

He said that Sindh University was a general university wherein approximately 35,000 students were studying, all of them should be considered for Ehsaas Scholarship. Dr Kalhoro further said that the amount of Ehsaas Kafalat Scholarship should be increased from Rs. 17000 and it must be made at par with other scholarships being received by the varsity from other foundations.

Managing Director, Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, Malik Zaheer Ahmad Khokhar assured that the Vice Chancellor’s proposal would be considered at the government level and said that the agreement would initially provide 50 deserving male and 50 female students of each university. “Scholarships will be awarded solely on merit as it was done previously”, he said. He said that the scholarship would help deserving students continue their higher studies without any obstacle and worries.

At the juncture, SU’s Director Students Aid Office Dr. Fiza Qureshi, Director ORIC Dr. Aqeel Ahmed Bhutto and Deputy Managing Director, Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Zafar Khan Safdar, Director Sindh Bait-ul-Mal Dr. Adnan Al-Majeed, Assistant Director Baitu-ul-Mal Jamshoro Asadullah Sheikh and others were also present.