The Higher Education Commission in collaboration with the World Bank has approved scholarships worth Rs23 million for the students of the Government College University Faisalabad. Presiding over a meeting with the university’s students’ financial aid office, GCUF Vice Chancellor Zakir Hussain said that the aid would benefit more than 214 students.
He lauded the efforts of the HEC for the promotion of higher education and said that it was due to the HEC’s initiatives that more than 10,000 local and foreign scholarships had been provided to students across the country in the last 10 years. Dr Hussain said that student enrollments at universities across Pakistan had increased from 330,000 to over a million.
Women students’ enrollment at universities had increased from 36 per cent to 46 per cent, he said. Saima Perveen, in charge of the student’s aid office, briefed the meeting about the scholarships and their disbursement.
The GCUF financial aid office was set up in 2007 in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2013.