Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Rs.40 million scholarships would be granted to the students of public and private sector universities.
“These scholarships will be awarded on merit-cum-need basis to the students of BS, MS, and M.Phil., Ph.D. of public sector universities and for the students of MS, M. Phil, Ph.D. of private sector universities during the current financial year.
This he said while presiding over a meeting of Sindh HEC and vice chancellor of Public Universities here at the CM House on Thursday. The meeting was attended by Sr. Advisor for U&B Nisar Khuhro, Minister Local Government Nasir Shah, Chairman HEC Dr. Asim, vice chancellors of public sector universities and other concerned.
The chief minister also distributed cheques of Rs.5 million each among five universities of rural areas to establish Information Technology Labs. These universities include Shaikh Ayaz University, Shikarpur, Begum Nusrat Bhutto Women University, Sukkur, Benazir Bhutto University of Technology and Skill Development, Khairpur, Government College University, Hyderabad and Benazir Bhutto University Lyari, Karachi.
Shah also distributed cheques of Rs.45.7 million for research projects of faculty members of the universities as follows: University of Sindh Jamshoro; University of Karachi; NED University, Karachi; Mehran University Jamshoro; Dow University Karachi; Liaquat Medical University, Jamshoro; Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur; Sukkur IBA University; Begum Nusrat Bhutto University, Sukkur; Government College University, Hyderabad.
The chief minister said that Smart Class in a university is an innovative concept in education. In this environment e-learning and online education was the need of this time. “Use of smart classrooms in universities is not a dream, but it is the necessity of the time”.
Sindh HEC has initiated the program to provide funding to establish Smart Classrooms in all public Sector Universities of Sindh. In the first phase, the commission has approved funding to seven newly established/underdeveloped universities.
Further, the chief minister distributed cheques of Rs.21 million, Rs.3 million each to the universities as follows: Shaikh Ayaz University Shikarpur, Begum Nusrat Bhutto Women University Sukkur, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of Technology and Skill Development, Khairpur, Government College University, Hyderabad and Shaheed Allah Baksh Soomro Arts & Design University, Jamshoro to enhance and promote a culture of teaching and research in the rapidly changing global scenario.
Sindh Higher Education Commission (Sindh HEC) is providing handholding support to public sector universities for organizing Seminar / Conference/ workshop & Symposia Program. Sindh HEC received nine proposals from different public sector universities. On the recommendation of the Review Committee the proposals of following Universities amounting to Rs.8.8 million have been approved, including University of Sindh, Jamshoro, NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Begum Nusrat Bhutto University for Women, Sukkur; Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Sakrand and University of Sufism & Modern Sciences, Bhit Shah. The proposals of remaining universities will be finalized shortly. (PR)