Lahore: Secretary Information and Culture Punjab Mohy-ud-Din Ahmad Wani has said that 40 thousand scholarships, worth Rs.2 billion, have been distributed, so far, among the brilliant and deserving boy and girl students under the auspices of Punjab Educational Endowment Fund. He said, for the first time in the history of the country, thousands of such brilliant students are benefiting from Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, who otherwise, could not continue their academic activities due to financial constraints.
He was addressing a meeting of Divisional Directors of Directorate General Public Relations Punjab held in connection with implementation of media policy regarding publicity of Punjab Educational Endowment Fund programme. DGPR Athar Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer Educational Endowment Fund Dr. Kamran Shamas and other concerned officers were present during the meeting. Mohy-ud-Din Wani said that Punjab Educational Endowment Fund is reflective of grand vision of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and, due to implementation of this revolutionary programme, boy and girl students from less-privileged segment of the society are now able to acquire education. He said that Punjab Educational Endowment Fund is the biggest educational scholarship programme in the world, under which patronage is being provided to brilliant but less-privileged students. He said that Punjab government is committed to provide assistance to the younger generation through the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund and is taking vigorous steps to increase the number of scholarships being offered by the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund. He said that Directorate General Public Relations is playing a dynamic role in effective publicity of Punjab Educational Endowment Fund programme at divisional and district levels, by ensuring prominent coverage of academic activities of Punjab Educational Endowment Fund in electronic and print media. He directed that more effective steps should be taken for creating greater awareness about the programme, at tehsil and markaz levels, so that a positive sense of competition is created among brilliant and deserving girl and boy students. Coverage strategy of programmes chalked out by the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, beginning at divisional, district and tehsil levels from September 12, was also finalized on the occasion.
In his briefing, CEO Punjab Educational Endowment Fund Dr. Kamran Shamas informed that, along with Punjab, boy and girl students of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and other provinces, are also benefiting from this Fund. He said that brilliant and deserving boy and girl students are being provided scholarships, through Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, at secondary, intermediate, graduation and masters levels. He said that 90 percent scholarships are being provided to the students of government schools, while 10 percent are being provided to the students of private schools with low fee, whereas 20 percent quota has been earmarked for orphans, minorities, special persons and the children of government servants of grade one upto grade four. He pointed out that Punjab Educational Endowment Fund is a unique programme, under which students do not have to submit any application, as the brilliant and deserving boy and girl students are contacted at their homes.