by: Ch. Muhammad Natiq
The Saudi Arabia government has announced fully funded scholarships for Pakistani students to study at diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels in 25 top universities of the kingdom. Students residing in Pakistan and legal residents of KSA both can apply for these scholarships. 75 per cent of students will be awarded scholarships from Pakistan whereas 25 per cent of scholarships will be given to Pakistani students residing in the Kingdom. For details, please visit: hec.gov.pk/site/ksas
The successful candidates will also be provided with a monthly stipend and other facilities. According to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), the scholarships have been announced in the disciplines of politics, law, education, administration, economics, engineering, computer science, agriculture, Arabic, Islamic Studies and media sciences.
For details, please visit: hec.gov.pk/site/ksas
The science students securing the scholarships will be given a monthly stipend of 900 Saudi Riyal (SR) and an 850 SR monthly allowances will be given to humanities students. Moreover, those securing admission at the varsities will be provided with a return ticket as well as free medical facilities. For details, please visit: hec.gov.pk/site/ksas
The applicants, hailing from Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), should be aged between 17 to 25 years for Bachelor’s programme, must be below 30 years for the Master’s programme and less than 35 for PhD programme on the closing date of the application portal of the respective university. For details, please visit: hec.gov.pk/site/ksas
Each university is authorised to enrol only five per cent of the international students except for Princess Noor Binte Abdul Rehman University for girls, Riyadh and Jamia Islamia Madinah Munawara, where the percentage on scholarship is eight per cent. Jamia Islamia Madinah Munawara will grant admission on scholarship 85 per cent of the total seats. For details, please visit: hec.gov.pk/site/ksas
The scholarship covers free lodging; three months furnishing allowance on arrival in KSA for married scholars; return air ticket; free medical for the students and his/her family, if married; three months graduation allowance for shipment of books; subsidised meals at the campus; sports and recreational activities on the campus; and support for dependents and travel expenses.