Amidst the controversy surrounding Pakistan’s forced deportation of undocumented Afghan nationals, the country’s education ministry has initiated the third phase of a scholarship program. This program aims to support Afghan students in their pursuit of higher education at prestigious Pakistani universities, showcasing a commitment to both education and regional goodwill.
On November 2, 2023, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan marked a significant milestone by launching the 3rd phase of the Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarships Programme for Afghan Nationals.
This initiative aims to provide educational opportunities for Afghan students by granting 4500 scholarships for them to pursue higher education in Pakistan’s prestigious universities.
The announcement of this phase was made by Mr Madad Ali Sindhi, the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, during a special event held at the HEC Secretariat. Mr. Sindhi addressed the gathering as the chief guest, emphasizing the importance of fostering academic ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The event’s highlight was the graduation ceremony honouring 281 Afghan students who completed their studies under Phase II of the Scholarship Programme. These dedicated individuals hailed from various regions of Afghanistan and have shown outstanding commitment to their education in Pakistan.
The 281 graduates proudly received their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from 25 prestigious Pakistani universities. These institutions spanned a wide range of disciplines, including Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Management, and Computer Science, reflecting the diversity of academic opportunities available to Afghan students.
The Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarships Programme has made significant strides in enhancing educational prospects for Afghan nationals. Throughout its first two phases, the program has granted scholarships to an impressive 6000 Afghan students, opening doors to higher education and academic excellence.
The HEC’s commitment to facilitating the education of Afghans also contributes to the development of Afghanistan’s human capital.