ISLAMABAD, (APP): The Higher Education Commission (HEC) under the Human Resource Development Programme, has awarded overseas scholarships to a total number of 623 scholars who proceeded abroad for their Ph.D., MS, and Under-Graduate studies and 146 have completed their studies, the data of the Fiscal Year 2022 (Jul-Apr) showed.
According to Economic Survey 2021-22 issued by Minister for Finance Miftah Ismail and Minister for Planning, Development, and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal at Press Conference on Thursday, 292 scholars have been awarded whereas 230 scholars completed a 6-month Ph.D. research fellowship abroad under International Research Support Initiative Programme (IRSIP) during the said period. HEC of Pakistan is offering a six-month research fellowship abroad to full-time Ph.D. students enrolled in Pakistan to enhance their research capabilities.
As per the survey details, a total number of 977 indigenous scholarships were awarded for Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate, and Ph.D. studies under various schemes and 327 scholars completed their studies during FY2022 (Jul-Apr).
However, the survey revealed that the Government of Pakistan offered scholarships to students of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and the least developed countries of OIC. During FY2022 (Jul-Apr) a total of 469 scholarships were awarded to nationals of these countries, whereas 10 scholars completed their studies.
A total number of 2,878 needs-based scholarships were awarded during FY2022 (Jul-Apr) under different need-based programs, whereas 2,899 scholars completed their studies. It includes HEC Need-based Scholarships, USAID-funded Merit & Need-based Scholarship Programme, the survey documents showed.
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