LAHORE– Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar launched the Rehmatul Lil Alameen (PBUH) Scholarship Programme and inaugurated its website at a ceremony held at his office on Monday. 14891 students of intermediate and BS (Hons) will be given scholarships worth Rs41.70 crore and the amount will be expanded to one billion rupees in the next budget.
Addressing the ceremony, the CM asserted the launch of the Rehmat ul Lil Alameen (PBUH) Scholarship Programme is an honour adding that respect, glory, honour and grandeur of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) cannot be expressed in words. The immaculate character and glory of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) cannot be expressed in words, he continued.
The CM announced that the scope of this scholarship will be expanded to other professional degrees as 50 percents scholarship will be given on merit while the rest of the amount will be earmarked for needy and deserving students.
Online verification has been arranged to ensure transparency and candidates could apply through their mobile while the higher education portal has been launched in collaboration with PITB, he said and added that scholarships will be provided through banks.
The scholarship fund will be enhanced every year and it is designed to give this scholarship through this mobile application. Students from government colleges and 30 public sector universities will benefit from this scholarship and students passing their intermediate will be given scholarships along with tuition fee, he added. Meanwhile, the CM said that the quota of grade 1 to 4 employees of the Punjab government has also been fixed.
The CM announced that the Rehmat ul Lil Alameen (PBUH) Chair will also be established in every district’s university along with the provision of Ph.D. scholarships to highlight different aspects of the most blessed and revered personality and character of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is deplorable that Muslims are, often, disheartened in some countries in the garb of freedom of expression.
Faithfuls from around the world have strongly condemned such elements and deemed it fit to give a befitting reply. We have decided to officially celebrate Shan-e-Rehmat ul Lil Alameen (PBUH) Week every year in the month of Rabi ul Awwal, he said. A number of ceremonies were held and I also announced the Rehmat ul Lil Alameen (PBUH) Scholarship Programme, he added.
Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) always stressed learning knowledge and the same has been emphasised in the Holy Quran, he added. Every effort must be made to quench the thirst for knowledge as the countries following a culture of knowledge and research are known in the world. It is deplorable that Muslims countries fall below the list of developed countries.
In line with the directions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), promotion of knowledge has been prioritised and not only scholarships are provided but 9 universities, numerous colleges and hundreds of schools are built and upgraded, he said. The PTI is committed to established university in every district, he added.
The world history is unable to present another example of the city State of Madina where equality, justice and accountability principles benefitted every citizen. Following this principle, shelter homes and almonries were established to facilitate the needy, he said. This model is being followed from Attock to Rajanpur and Punjab has the honour to take lead in this regard, he maintained.
Higher Education Minister said that CM always guided for promotion of higher education, Secretary Higher Education also spoke. Special Education Minister Muhammad Ikhlaq, SACM Firdous Ashiq Awan, Chief Secretary, Secretary Information, DGPR and others attended the meeting.
Meeting on health department
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has chaired a meeting about the health department at his office on Monday. He was also briefed about departmental performance, universal health coverage programme and amendments in autonomous medical institutions act.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said the provincial government has decided to give universal health coverage cards to every citizen of the province by December 2021. It is a revolutionary step of the PTI government as such a wonderful programme has not been introduced by any previous government, he added.
The CM gave in-principle approval to necessary amendments in the autonomous medical institutions act to streamline the appointment of principals and medical superintendents of medical institutions and to deal with other matters. Effective monitoring will improve performance along with streamlining the appointment of work charge employees.
The CM maintained the universal health coverage programme will provide free quality healthcare facilities and announced to further extend the scope of mother and child hospitals to Rajanpur, Layyah, Attock and Sialkot. The PTI government was establishing modern hospitals in backward areas to provide quality healthcare to the locals at their doorsteps as the past governments ignored far-flung areas, he continued.
Provincial ministers Raja Basharat, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, health secretaries and others attended the meeting.— HANDOUT