The United States (US) would be providing hundreds of new scholarships to Pakistani university students.
This was confirmed by the US State Department spokesperson Ned Price at a weekly press briefing.
According to the details provided by the US officials, a total of 500 scholarships would be provided to the Pakistani students.
However, it should be noted that these scholarships are only for those students who belong from the flood-affected areas of Pakistan.
US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome at a ceremony celebrating the achievements of female scholars in honour of International Women’s Day made the announcement regarding the scholarships for Pakistani students.
The event was attended by Federal Minister of Planning Ahsan Iqbal, HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Lieutenant General Inam Haider Malik, HEC Executive Director Dr Shaista Sohail and others.
The US State Department spokesperson’s stated that these 500 scholarships are part of a merit and needs-based scholarship program that has already awarded over 6,000 scholarships in partnership with the HEC.
Majority of these scholarships, around 60%, have been provided to female students studying in different institutes.