As many as 349 students of Sindh University received scholarship cheques on Wednesday. The remaining 2400 will be collecting scholarships cheques in the coming days.
The number of recipients of the cheques at SU under different 14 scholarship programs reached 4,000. The students’ financial aid office in collaboration with the Bureau of STAGS organized a an event at the Sheikh Ayaz Auditorium where vice-chancellor handed over the cheques worth Rs 230000 to each of the 10 students enrolled in M.Phil and PhD under Sindh Higher Education Commission Scholarship Program.
Similarly, the VC also distributed Rs. 2,750,000 among 55 undergraduate students. The students who have already paid the annual fee will submit an application to the student financial aid office, after which cheques will be issued to them within 15 days.
Addressing the ceremony the VC said that HEC Islamabad had granted 700 scholarships for SU students under Ehsas Scholarship in 2020, but during an online meeting with HEC officials, he personally asked them for another 500 scholarships. However, the HEC officials agreed to place 400 students more in the waiting list.
He further said that another 2400 students will soon be given cheques under different 14 scholarship programs. Not a single penny of the amount coming for the students would be wasted and the money would be released to them in time so that they might continue their education. The total number of scholarship recipients at Sindh University under 14 different scholarship programs is now reached to 4000.
Dr. Kalhoro said that it was necessary to pass the papers and obtain a minimum 3 CGPA to get the scholarship, therefore; he advised the students to work hard. The Sindh government was approached to release a special grant of Rs 1500 million in order to steer the varsity out of financial crisis, however, it approved Rs. 500 million, which had reduced some of the liabilities and debt burden from the shoulders of the university.
Dr. Kalhoro said that if the annual fees had been collected in June 2021, he would not have gone for taking a loan from the bank for salaries. He made it clear by saying that no matter what the financial situation of the varsity might be, not a single rupee would be spent on the other heads from the scholarship money being released for the students.