On Sunday, the Education authorities of Pakistan welcomed 600 Saudi Arabia scholarships, a new opportunity for Pakistani students to pursue higher studies at universities in the kingdom.
The spokesperson of the Higher Education Commission, Ayesha Ikram, welcomed the program to further improve the academic qualifications of Pakistani students. She said, “It is hoped Pakistani students will avail this to improve their academic qualification.”
What does the scholarship by Saudi Arabia cover?
The scholarship is offered for both undergraduate and graduate courses and covers full tuition. Pakistani Students will receive between 850 and 900 riyals as a monthly stipend. Other than that, the Saudi education ministry also covers medical care, subsided meals at the campus, Sports and recreational activities on the campus, support for dependents, and travel expenses. Return air tickets, lodging, and a three-month furnishing allowance for married students.
Pakistani students and ex-pats in Saudi Arabia can apply to 25 universities in the kingdom offering courses to be covered under the scholarship, says Pakistan’s ambassador to Riyadh, Bilal Akbar.
Federal Education Secretary Farah Hamid Khan told an international publication that “It is a great initiative of the Saudi government and we want our students to take full advantage of it. ”
“We will publish it on the website of the education ministry on Monday so that that information can reach out to maximum students.”
Who Can Apply for the Scholarship?
Applicants must have the nationality of Pakistan or Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Both men and women are encouraged by the application by the ministry. The applicant must be between 17 years to 25 years for Bachelor’s program, while for the master’s program, the applicant must be less than 30 years of age, and for the Ph.D. program, less than 35 years of age.
The applicant can not hold any other scholarship at the time of availing Saudi scholarship. The applicant must not have any criminal record or have been suspended from any educational institution on disciplinary grounds.
In the past few years, the kingdom has relaxed many stringent laws practiced in the country. These affected the women and the students of the country the most. Experts reveal that the schemes are part of the plan to boost the Saudi economy and further advance its ties with the Muslims and other parts of the world.
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