Under the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) overseas scholarship programmes, precisely 5780 scholars have gone to different educational institutes all across the world. Out of the aforementioned scholars, 3807 have returned back to Pakistan after completing their studies.
HEC has been offering foreign scholarships since 2003 to Pakistani students at several levels such as Masters, MS and PhD. The notion of awarding these scholarships is to harvest high-quality human resource in the country. As a result, the students will essentially contribute to Pakistan’s socio-economic development and growth.
All the Pakistani students completed their studies or are currently pursuing studies in some of the top-ranked institutes of Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.
How does the process work?
The entire system is easier to understand. Students who are interested in acquiring any overseas scholarship programme are required to apply via an advertised scheme should they meet the eligibility criteria. HEC conducts an aptitude test and a particular student has to obtain 50 marks in it to be eligible for the scholarship programme.
HEC prepares a merit list after taking into consideration the result of the aptitude test and academic score. A shortlisted student has to get the admission or receive the acceptance letter before the interview. The selection of the candidates is finally made by foreign professors through interview. As their selection gets approved, they are asked to secure a visa of the particular country in which he will be enrolled.
Before a candidate is departed to the host country, HEC takes care of him by providing a one-way airfare. Moreover, they also pay two months stipend in the form of cross paycheck which can only be remitted in the bank account of the scholar.
Thereafter, HEC deposits rest of the scholarship amount either to its partner institutes or Pakistan’s high commissions. The payment is made on the annual basis into the bank accounts. Subsequently, the receiver transfers funds to the scholar’s account on monthly basis.