FAISALABAD - Financial assistance for the talented students from the poor families works as engine of growth as it provides them with an opportunity to get quality education to polish their skills paving the way for national prosperity, said Faisalabad Division Commissioner Syed Tahir Hussain.

He was talking as chief guest at a ceremony held to give away scholarships worth Rs1.8 million provided by the Faisalabad Development Trust to the students of Government College University of Faisalabad at the Nusrat Feteh Ali Auditorium, Faisalabad Art Council. The commissioner presented a cheque to Dr Zakir Hussain, the GCUF Vice Chancellor for equipping around 100 deserving female students of the University with knowledge.

FDT Chairman Mian Muhammad Tayyab, FDT Vice Chairman Shaiq Javed and Syed Umer Nazar Shah also spoke on the occasion whereas high officials of the GC University, the FDT Trustees and executive members also attended the ceremony. The commissioner stressed the need to promote education especially in women in order to enable the country to compete at international level. He told the audience that the literacy rate in women is very low in the county that needs to be enhanced to build up the nation.

He said that the scholarships play a vital role in providing an opportunity of education to students in a bid to build their capacity keeping in view the challenges of modern era. He also praised the steps being taken on the part of Higher Education Commission and Punjab government to promote education by providing hundreds of scholarships. 

The vice chancellor said that the university was facing a deficit of Rs 150 million in its budget two years ago but because of good financial assistance, the university surplus budget has gone up to Rs480 million this year. He pointed out the university was standing among the top universities of country as it had emerged to number sixth University whereas last year it was at number 19.

The vice chancellor, highlighting the contribution of the Higher Education Commission in the last 10 years, said that it had made spread higher education across the country with an increase in number of universities campuses from 168 to 258, award of more than 10,000 local and foreign scholarships and 2,000 scholarships for the talented youth of Balochistan and FATA.

Talking about the Punjab government initiatives, he said the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund is a hallmark step giving quality education to the deserving and talented students. He pointed out that the PEEF was initially established with Rs 2 billion, which has now been raised to Rs10 billion.

Dr Zakir Hussain thanked the trustees of Faisalabad Development Trust for providing scholarships and lauded their efforts to promote the education among the deserving students.