ISLAMABAD-The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has extended the last date for submission of applications under the Prime Minister’s Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Programme, a statement said on Wednesday.

The date has been extended till December 24. A statement issued said that the programme is the largest ever undergraduate scholarship initiative of Pakistan seeking to award 50,000 scholarships per year to undergraduate students from low-income families. It also said that under the programme, Ehsaas scholarships will be awarded to low-income students enrolled in four and five-year undergraduate programmes.

Students from low-income families studying in undergraduate programmes in public sector universities are eligible to apply. Selection will be based on need-cum-merit, i.e., on the basis of the student’s GPA and family income (below a maximum threshold). The scholarship covers tuition fee and stipend.

Fifty per cent of the scholarships will be awarded to female students, while students with special needs as well as those from remote and disadvantaged areas are also encouraged to apply.