Prime Minister Imran Khan says granting scholarships on merit to deserving undergraduate students is another step towards the realization of goal of a social welfare state based on the pattern of state of Madina.
Addressing the launching ceremony of Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Programme in Islamabad on Monday, he said this program complements his roadmap to transform Pakistan on the model of state of Madina.
He said that was the most successful model that gave rise to great Muslim empire in the ensuing centuries. He said in that model prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had ensured that it was responsibility of state to care and look after the weaker segments of society. The Imran Khan said a civilized society is identified by the standard of living of its poor, not by its elite. This thing also distinguishes the human society from an animal kingdom.
The Prime Minister said same philosophy existed behind the idea of creation of Pakistan to help uplift the poor segments of society.
Appreciating the Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Program, he said the state will increase the number of scholarships as well as the funds of HEC when financial situation improves. The Prime Minister expressed hope that the recipients of this scholarship will study with dedication to bring laurels to the country in various fields. He said youth are our biggest asset and they will build the future of our nation.
Imran Khan said the provision of health card to weaker segments of the country is a big achievement that will help the poor people in receiving medical treatment upto 720,000 rupees. He said the shelter houses being established across the country are helping the poor laborers to have free meals and a place for sleeping in a dignified manner. The Prime Minister said merit is being ensured in all the social welfare programmes and no political influence will be tolerated in execution of these.
Imran Khan congratulated Dr. Sania Nishtar for launching this program and other schemes under Ehsaas umbrella.
The Prime Minister also handed over the scholarship award letters to selected students.