MULTAN

Chairperson of Prime Minister's Youth Programme Marryam Nawaz Sharif has said that about 40,000 students will be reimbursed their fees this year while another 0.5 million MA, MSC, MPhil and PhD students will get laptops in coming years.

She declared this while addressing the participants of a function held here at Bahauddin Zakariya University to reimburse fees under Prime Minister's Fee Reimbursement Scheme (PMFRS) among over 4,500 postgraduate students from South Punjab under the patronage of Prime Minister Youth Programme (PMYP). About 10,000 students from South Punjab will get benefit of this scheme.

She added that the Prime Minister was highly concerned for the education of less privileged students and therefore the scheme was introduced to ensure enrolment of these students at higher education institutions.

She said that the Prime Minister wanted to end terrorism and loadshedding and offer relief to the masses. She told the participants that students from entire country would be included in the scheme and all deserving students would be extended support irrespective of their political affiliations.

She disclosed that some women, who were advanced loans under youth Loan Scheme, had returned first instalment of their loans and now they were earning remarkable profits. She further revealed that a Qarz-e-Hasna Scheme was being launched this month while franchise of Utility Store would be given under Youth Loan Scheme against Rs1.8 million.

She said that people talked about deprivation of South Punjab but the Punjab Government gave the largest Metro Bus project to Multan. She said that only Allah could show the right path to those who criticised the Metro project, adding that transparency was ensured in each project. She said that almost 5,000 students from South Punjab were being reimbursed their fees today while the data of another 5,000 students was being processed.

She asked the students to get their complaints registered with the complaint cell or directly contact her on Twitter of they faced any problem in reimbursement. She said that the students were the future of Pakistan and she was hopeful that they would eradicate the cancer of corruption, sectarianism and terrorism from the country. She asked the students to confront those spreading regional, lingual, religious or sectarian hatred in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of Higher Education Commission Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said that the students of less privileged areas got opportunity to get education at higher institutions because of this scheme which was beginning of a silent revolution. He added that the day was not far when the country would produce renowned scientists and researchers. He hoped that the students would end corruption and safarish culture from the country and the word of terrorism would disappear from our dictionary.

Earlier, addressing the function, Bahauddin Zakariya University VC Prof Kh Alqama said that the only way to bring true revolution in the country was to ensure quality education to the students. "The current government has understood this point and the schemes introduced by Prime Minister are proof of this," he added.

Later on, Marryam Nawaz distributed fee reimbursement cheques among the students from different educational institutions of South Punjab.