Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan launched Rehmatul-Lil Alameen scholarship program in Islamabad on Thursday.
Addressing the launching ceremony, the premier said that the scholarship will be available to all the Pakistanis including non-Muslims.
PM Imran said that the federal government will annually provide Rs5.5 billion for seventy thousand scholarships, the Radio Pakistan reported.
He said under the scholarship program a total 350,000 will be provided in 5 years at a cost of Rs 27.93.
The prime minister said that the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) will also separately provide scholarship to the students.
PM Imran reaffirmed the commitment to build Pakistan as a great nation on the State of Madina's principles of rule of law and focus on education.
“No nation can make progress without education,” he asserted, adding that the present government is especially focusing on the education sector with the aim that our youth learn from the Sunnah of Hazrat Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Salam Khatim-un-Nabiyeen.
The prime minister said several programs have been started for the relief of under privileged segments of the society under the umbrella of Ehsaas program.
“The network of Koi Bhooka Na Soye will be expanded to the entire country,” Imran Khan said.
He also commended the governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for deciding to provide the universal health coverage to the people.
The prime minister said the struggle launched for supremacy of law will be won by us. He said no country can move forward without bringing the powerful people under the ambit of law.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said Rehmatul-Lil Alameen scholarship is a nationwide program and it will be implemented in 129 universities across the country.
He said 50% scholarships will be given to the women whilst 2% to the disabled persons.
The prime minister expressed the confidence that this program will bring revolution in the education sector.
Speaking on the occasion via video link, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said a mechanism has been developed so that the students can apply for the scholarship from their homes.
In his remarks, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said they support the federal government's initiatives aimed at uplifting the education sector.