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Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas (Selected Regions) Eligibility Criteria, How to Apply, List of Universities and Programs

Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas (Selected Regions) Eligibility Criteria, How to Apply, List of Universities and Programs

Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas (Selected Regions)

 

Introduction

Tuition Fee Payment Scheme was approved on 1st June, 2012 by the Cabinet Division for the Financial Year 2012-13.
For MA, MS, MPhil, and PhD students
Areas covered:
Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA

 

Current scheme was announced in the Budget Speech for Financial Year 2013-14 by the Finance Minister; expanding the scope of the scheme to Interior Sindh and Southern Punjab.
Following areas were included by the Prime Minister.
AJK
Malakand, Kohistan, D.I.Khan Divisions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Attock, Khushab,Mianwali and Bhakkar Districts of Punjab

 

 

The detail provinces/divisions/districts covered under the scheme are as under:

 

Provinces Districts
Balochistan Kalat,Mastung,Khuzdar,Awaran, Washuk , Kharan/Rakhshan  , Lasbela ,Ketch ,Gwadar ,Punjgur , Nasirabad, Jaffarabad ,Jhal Magsi,Bolan ,Quetta Urban, Quetta Rural,Pishin ,Killa Abdulla ,

Killa Saifullah,Barkhan ,Musa Khel,Loralai ,Sheerani ,Zhob ,Dera Bugti ,Kohlu ,Ziarat ,Harnai , Sibi ,Nushki ,Chagai(Dalbandin)

Gilgit/Baltistan Hunza–Nagar, Gilgit, Skardu, Ghanche, Ghizar, Diamir, Astore
Azad Jammu & Kashmir Bhimber,  Kotli, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Hattian, Neelam,  Poonch, Haveli, Bagh, Sudhnoti
FATA Bajaur, Khyber ,Kurram, South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Mohmand, Orakzai, FR Peshawar ,FR Kohat, FR Bannu, FR Lakki ,FR D.I. Khan, FR Tank
Interior Sindh * Thatta, Badin, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Mirpur Khas, Tando Allahyar, Naushahro Feroze, Tando Muhammad Khan, Sanghar, Khairpur, Benazirabad/NawabShah, Dadu, Qambar Shahdadkot, Larkana, Matiari, Ghotki, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Sukkur, Kashmore, Jamshoro
South Punjab * Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahwal Nagar, Multan, Lodhran, Khanewal, Vehari, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffar Garh, Rajan Pur,  Layyah
Selected areas of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chitral, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Swat, Buner, Shangla, Malakand, Kohistan, D.I.Khan, Tank
Punjab Attock, Khushab, Bhakkar and Mianwali
*  Announced by the Federal Minister  in Budget 2013-14 speech

 

 

Objective:

The scheme is  focused on enhancing  opportunities for access to higher education especially to talented but financially constrained students belonging to remote and far flung areas of the country  who despite possessing academic merit, are unable to finance their education. The fee disbursement would be ensured through a transparent and well defined mechanism. Under this innovative and special scheme, along with tuition fee, the federal government have paid other academic, incidental, or mandatory fees charged by educational institutions as one-off or on a per semester basis of Masters, MS/ M.Phil and PhD students of selected areas.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Students with valid domicile/local certificates of below mentioned areas enrolled in Masters, MS/MPhil programs in the public sector university located in their respective division or next closest division (only in case of no public sector university in their respective district or division) are also eligible.

 

Further, the students with valid domicile/local certificates of below mentioned areas enrolled in PhD program in any Public Sector University of Pakistan are also eligible under the scheme.

Areas included in the scheme are : Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, AJK, FATA, Interior Sindh, South Punjab, Malakand, Kohistan , D.I. Khan, Tank, Buner, Swat, Shangla, Upper Dir, lower Dir and Chitral districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Attock, Khushab, Mianwali and Bhakkar of Punjab.

 

 

EXISTING STUDENTS

 

All onboard students are eligible w.e.f. from semesters starting after July 2013 for Master & MS/M.Phil and Ph.D.

 

 

 

COVERAGE 

 

  1. a) Actual Tuition Fee (of Masters , MS/MPhil and PhD programs)
    b) On and Off Mandatory charges which includes  Registration Fee/Enrollment Fee, Admission fee (For new admissions only), Examination Fee, Library charges(non-refundable), Laboratory charges,  Research related academic activities only.

 

Approved Study Duration allowed under the Scheme

 

Programs Maximum duration
MA/M.Sc 2 years
MBA 3.5 Years
MS/MPhil 2 Years
MS/M.Phil (Medical Universities) 2 Years minimum-3 Maximum Years
Ph.D (Natural Sciences) 5 Years
Ph.D (Social Sciences & others) 4 Years

 

 

 

INELIGIBILITY 

a) Students who are enrolled on self-finance basis or part time basis are ineligible

  1. b) Domicile holders of other regions not specified in ‘Table A’
  2. c) If Study period exceeds approved duration, then the student expenditure will not be covered under the scheme
  3. d) Availing any other scholarship under Provincial Government, Foreign donor or any other HEC Program (e.g. Indigenous Program etc.)
  4. e) Any Bachelors or four years Bachelors Program will not be considered

OPERATIONAL PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING UNDER THE SCHEME

 

a) During the start of every Financial year, HEC  will ask the Public sector universities (under the scheme) via letters and emails  to submit the currently enrolled student’s data  on a specific  format by the given deadline

 

b) Focal persons of the universities will gather the data  and will submit to HEC

 

c) HEC, office will scrutinize the data and look for any discrepancies and ineligible students

 

d) After verification of student’s data , final lists will be compiled and shared with the concerned universities .

 

e) Cheque will be issued in the name of universities and they will be responsible for the disbursement of cheques to shortlisted students.

 

f) Universities are required to provide the Fund utilization reports of cheque disbursement on a specified format.

 

g) No student is allowed to directly approach HEC office for the inclusion of names under the scheme. He/ She has to contact the focal persons of the universities for the inclusion of name in the list. (List of focal persons are uploaded on website)

 

 

New Admissions


A candidate has to secure admission on merit in the area of their respective domicile and HEC identified universities. (list of identified universities is available at www.hec.gov.pk/tfp)
Master/MS/M.Phil candidates can take admission only in the universities located in the territory of Balochistan, Gilgit/ Baltistan and FATA, Malakand, Kohistan and Dera Ismail Khan (KPK Universities) with respect to their domicile.
PhD candidates having domicile of Balochistan, Gilgit/ Baltistan, FATA Interior Sindh, Multan, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan, Malakand, Kohistan and Dera Ismail Khan are allowed to secure admission in any public sector university throughout Pakistan.
 

 

 

Subsequent Payments
1) Subsequent Payments will require satisfactory progress report/result of students.

2) For continuation of free education, the students will maintain minimum Percentage/GPA which is necessary to retain his/her admission for the respective university.

3) During the period, the student must be a full time student and he/she will take full load of subjects/credits during each semester/term/year.

LIST OF ELIGIBLE DOMICILES

 

 

The detail provinces/divisions/districts covered under the scheme are as under:

 

Provinces Districts
Balochistan Kalat,Mastung,Khuzdar,Awaran, Washuk , Kharan/Rakhshan  , Lasbela ,Ketch , Gwadar ,Punjgur , Nasirabad, Jaffarabad ,Jhal Magsi,Bolan ,Quetta Urban, Quetta Rural,Pishin ,Killa Abdulla ,Killa Saifullah,Barkhan ,Musa Khel,Loralai ,Sheerani ,Zhob ,Dera Bugti ,Kohlu , Ziarat ,Harnai , Sibi ,Nushki ,Chagai(Dalbandin)
Gilgit/Baltistan Hunza–Nagar, Gilgit, Skardu, Ghanche, Ghizar, Diamir, Astore
Azad Jammu & Kashmir Bhimber,  Kotli, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Hattian, Neelam,  Poonch, Haveli, Bagh, Sudhnoti
FATA Bajaur, Khyber ,Kurram, South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Mohmand, Orakzai,

FR Peshawar ,FR Kohat, FR Bannu, FR Lakki ,FR D.I. Khan, FR Tank

Interior Sindh * Thatta, Badin, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Mirpur Khas, Tando Allahyar, Naushahro Feroze, Tando Muhammad Khan, Sanghar, Khairpur, Benazirabad/NawabShah, Dadu, Qambar Shahdadkot, Larkana, Matiari, Ghotki, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Sukkur, Kashmore, Jamshoro
South Punjab * Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahwal Nagar, Multan, Lodhran, Khanewal, Vehari, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffar Garh, Rajan Pur,  Layyah
Selected areas of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chitral, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Swat, Buner, Shangla, Malakand, Kohistan, D.I.Khan, Tank
Punjab Attock, Khushab, Bhakkar and Mianwali
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