Sindh University (SU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro Wednesday distributed scholarship cheques to 27 M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars in the second phase of the Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) Indigenous Scholarship program.

In a ceremony organized in the Senate Hall of the VC Secretariat by the SU’s directorate of research & graduate studies (DRGS), the vice-chancellor handed over the scholarship cheques to the deserving meritorious scholars of M.Phil. and Ph.D. of various disciplines.

Sindh HEC released a total amount of Rs 6.3 million under its indigenous scholarship program for the research scholars of M.Phil. and Ph.D. asking varsity administration to disburse an amount of Rs 2,30,000 each after selecting them on the need-cum-merit basis.

Later, the scholarship committee interviewed the scholars who applied for the fixed 27 slots and it finalized 13 scholars of M.Phil. and 14 Ph.D. for the award. However, after deducting their remaining admission fees, the cheques were disbursed to the 27 scholars enrolled in various disciplines.

Among other, Registrar Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, director of research & graduate studies Dr. Shahzad Ahmed Memon, Deans Dr. Khalil ur Rehman Khoumbhati, Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch, Dr. Javeed Ahmed Chandio, Dr. Khalida Frayal Almani, director Pakistan Study center Dr. Shuja Ahmed mahesar, director Area Study Centre Dr. Mukesh Kumar Khatwani,  director Students’ Financial Aid Office Dr. Mushtaque Ahmed Jariko, Dr. Lachhman Das Dhomeja, Qamar Nagraj, Dr. Gulsher Leghari, Amar Joyo, Dr. Muhammad Qasim Nizamani, Dr. Ghulam Akber Mahesar, Dr. Intzar Lashari, Dr. Muhammad Younis Leghari, Dr. Ishrat Abbasi, Dr. Naheed kaka, Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Tunio, Prof. Jan-e-Alam, and Dr. Naheed Arain were also present on the occasion.

Speaking, on the occasion, the vice chancellor Dr Kalhoro said that the maximum facilities and scholarship opportunities were being provided to the students and scholars studying in the University of Sindh so that they could serve the country and the nation after completing their higher studies.

He said that the quality research was being conducted in the various disciplines and Sindh University was producing the most M.Phil. and PhD.

He said that the interviews of M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars were conducted in the light of the guidelines of Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC), out of which, he said 27 scholars were selected on merit for the scholarship.

Dr. Kalhoro said that a scholarship of Rs. 230,000 was fixed for each scholar for the entire program by Sindh HEC, out of which the required amount he said was deducted in lieu of their remaining fees while the remnant money had been paid to them in form of cheques.

The Vice-Chancellor while sharing glad-tidings for the undergraduate students said that the government of Sindh had also released the scholarship amount from its Zakat Fund, which will be disbursed to the deserving pupils very soon.

He said that the university had also received the scholarship money from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad for 700 deserving students of 2019 and 2020 batches, which will be distributed among them before Eid ul Fitr.

He said that a meeting was being held on Thursday (today) in connection with awarding scholarships from the Zakat amount provided by the Sindh government and as many as 284 undergraduates will get it.

In his message to the supervisors, co-supervisors, the concerned chairpersons, directors and directorate of research & graduate studies to complete M.Phil. program in two and Ph.D. programs in 3 years as it was mentioned in the varsity prospectus.

He said that the inordinate procrastination in this regard ought to be avoided in the best interest of universities and scholars, adding that if the scholars got their degrees in due course of time, they will be able to grab good jobs in the job market

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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