Islamabad: Prime Minister’s 100% Fee Reimbursement Scheme (PMFRS) for more than 3300 post-graduate students studying in HEC recognized public sector universities of Azad Jammu and Kashmir will be launched today (Tuesday) at Muzaffarabad under the auspices of Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP).
This was decided in a high-level meeting chaired by the Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz Sharif, here Monday. The meeting decided to disburse 100% educational expenses reimbursement cheques under the Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme of more than 85 million rupees among the students of AJK.
It merits mention here that the first ever 100% PMFRS was launched in Baluchistan by Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar on 21 May 2014 and successively by the Chairperson of PMYP, Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz Sharif in Peshawar, Multan and Murree earlier this month. Post-graduate students of interior Sindh and Bahawalpur also availed the reimbursement of 100% educational expenses earlier this month.
The meeting also decided to expand both the demographic and geographic coverage of the PMFRS during the coming FY 2014-15 for the students hailing from the less developed districts in addition to Southern Punjab, entire Baluchistan, KPK, FATA, Interior Sindh, GB and AJK currently undertaking MA, MSc, MS, M Phil or PhD courses from the HEC recognized public sector universities.
The Chairperson said that out of total more than 40,000 post-graduate students belonging to less developed areas, so far more than 35,000 post-graduate students benefited across the federation from the 1.20 billion rupees scheme launched by the present democratic government to encourage the quest of higher education for the students facing financial constraints and added that the scheme would sponsor 100% educational expenses of the post-graduate students of less developed areas of the Southern Punjab, interior Sindh, entire Baluchistan, KPK including FATA, AJK and GB before the end of FY 2013-14.
The Chairperson maintained that under the scheme, the 100% reimbursement of educational expenses upto 100,000 rupees for the financially underprivileged students of the less developed areas of the country was a big leap forward towards the attainment of higher education.