Federal govt to spend Rs5.5bn annually on scholarships: PM Imran


ISLAMABAD  ,  APRIL 15  :  Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed resolve to extend the Rehmatul-Lil Alameen scholarship program to the entire country and announced that federal government will spend Rs5.5 billion on scholarships annually.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing the launching ceremony of the program, clarified that the scholarship is not only for Muslim students but non-Muslim students are also eligible for the program. Life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is a beacon for whole world and foundations of a welfare society can be laid by following his teachings, Imran Khan stressed.

He noted that no nation can make progress without education. He said 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 premier said under the umbrella of Ehsaas program, several programs have been started for the relief of under privileged segments of the society. He said the network of Koi Bhooka Na Soye will be expanded to the entire country. 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.

It merits mention that a budget of 27.93 billion rupees has been approved for this national level program which will be used in th next five years. The program will be implemented in one hundred and twenty nine public sector universities across the country.

The provinces are also pursuing Rehmatul-Lil Alameen scholarship program. In Punjab, the annual budget of one billion rupees has been approved for this scholarship program. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will also roll out the program, for which the budget allocation will be 427 million rupees.