MUZAFFARFABAD: (Parliament Times) AJK government is spending 75 crore rupees on the scholarships of most intelligent students of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Official sources told here on Tuesday that out of 150 billion rupees granted by former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif for to AJK government 75 crore was being spent for poor, deserving students and children of class-4 employees. Different categories have been made for the scholarships from primary to PhD level for deserving and intelligent male and female students, the sources added.
Giving the details the spokesman said that according to official statistics these students are being given scholarships annually strictly on merit under state scholarship programme. Rs. 2000 each would be given to primary students; 375 students of matriculation are being provided Rs. 8000 each, 40 students of FA, FSc would receive Rs. 20,000 each while 156 students of MBBS, 70 students of B.Sc engineering, 145 students of B.S honour, and 30 students of DVM, BDS, DPT would get Rs. 30,000 each annually under the scholarship programme.
The spokesman said for 65 male and female students of master degree would receive 30,000 rupees each while 44 scholarships would be given to PhD students annually on Rs. 36000 per student.
The spokesman said that 50 scholarships have been set aside for matric students and Intermediate students under Punjab Educational Endowment Fund. 20 scholarships, 1500 per head would be awarded to day scholars, while board would receive Rs. 3000. Day scholar would get 800 per head for 30 scholarships of Matriculation while board would receive 1500 rupees.
The spokesman said that according to official statistics 90 scholarships of master level would be given to brilliant and deserving male and female students of AJK under AJK Education Endowment Fund. Under this fund 2 crore 30 lakh have been earmarked for 3 categories of students. According to official statistics in public and private sectors of AJK 135 male and female students are being awarded scholarships which would incurred an expenditure of 13 lakhs 50,000 rupees. Under Punjab Education Endowment Fund 50 students are being awarded scholars of 1 lakh 20,000 while under AJK Education Endowment Fund scholarships 450 students would receive scholarships of 2 crore and 30 lakh rupees. Under AJK statistics talent programme 1258 male and female students are being awarded scholarships of 2 crore rupees while 1, 893 students would get 4 crore 44 lakh 70,000 educational scholarships under different heads. These scholarships are absolutely for poor, destitute and deserving male and female students. Brilliant children of Class-4 employees have also been included in this programme.
Sources said that these scholarships are being awarded on the direction of AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan.