Recently, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar launched the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Scholarship program for “talented and deserving” students. The scholarship aims to allow deserving students to uplift their social and economic conditions by furthering their education. Underprivileged and talented students can advance academically by virtue of this program.
Under this program, 15,000 scholarships will be provided to students out of which 891 and 14,000 will be reserved for undergraduate and intermediate students, respectively. A small quote of 10% will also be reserved for children of government employees. According to Usman Buzdar, this scholarship will be awarded on the basis of need or merit as 50% of the scholarships will be given on merit and the rest will be reserved for underprivileged students. The Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Scholarships combined with Single National Curriculum are two of the most important initiatives to alleviate discrimination in education.
A part of the scholarships will be granted on the basis of SSC results; those students who have secured at least 60% marks in SSC exams from a public school, took admission in a government college within a 2-year bracket after passing Matriculation examinations, and are not benefitting from any other scholarship, such applicants will be awarded this scholarship.
In order to apply for a need-based scholarship under this program, a student’s household income should be less than or equal to Rs25,000 per month, and his/her parents must not own more than 5 acres of agricultural or urban property.
In case of merit-based applicants, the candidate applying must have the highest score in his/her district, the scores given on the application will be verified by Higher Education Department (HED).
The application process is completely online, applicants can easily apply from their mobiles. Those who wish to apply need to create their accounts and submit their forms online. The deadline for the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Scholarship is 10th March 2021.