PM Imran Khan launches Rehmatul-Lil Alameen Scholarship Programme
All students, regardless of their religion, will be eligible for the Rehmatul-Lil Alameen Scholarship Programme, Prime Minister Imran Khan stated Thursday.
He initiated the programme in Islamabad. “Under the programme, the government will provide 70,000 scholarships to students from poverty-stricken family every year.”
The duration of the programme is five years. “Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be giving 15,000 scholarships every year,” the PM mentioned.
He highlighted that the greatest man on Earth, Prophet Muhammad, made knowledge-seeking, a sacred duty in Madina. “We have limited the Prophet ‘s teachings only to the mosque but we don’t apply his teachings in our everyday lives.”
According to the prime minister, three things are important for a country to prosper: rule of law, welfare for the common man and education. “Without education, a nation can’t flourish.”
He added that the government has been fruitful in providing benefit to the public by given them health cards and targeted allowances. “Now it’s time to focus on education as well.”
The government will give scholarships to undergraduate students whose family income is less than Rs25,000. The scholarships will be provided on a merit basis.
A budget of Rs27.93 billion has been accepted for the programme, which will be used over the next five years. Students from 129 public sector universities across Pakistan can avail the scholarships.
The Rehmatul-Lil Alameen Scholarship Programme is being initiated by the Higher Education Commission at the federal level. Provinces have been directed to begin the programme.
Rs.1 billion have been approved per annum for the programme in Punjab whereas the budget for Khyber Pakhtunkwa has been set at Rs427 million per year. The provinces have already started distributing scholarships.