According to sources on Wednesday, the Pakistani chapter of COMSTECH, over the next two years, five hundred fully financed scholarships will be awarded by OIC to Palestinian students.
The OIC’s Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation is known as COMSTECH, which was established by fifty seven OIC member nations in 1981, the platform held an Islamic Summit in Makkah.
One of its key objectives is to improve member governments’ research and technology capabilities.
The new scholarships are distinct from the Pakistani government’s yearly scholarship programme, which awards hundred scholarships each year. This new initiative from COMSTECH will encompass research scholarships, technical training, and workshop funding across all fields.
The committee’s media advisor, Murtaza Noor, told sources, “These are five hundred fully financed scholarships that will be appointed in collaboration with the Association of Private Sector Universities of Pakistan and member institutions of the COMSTECH Consortium of Excellence, to undergraduate and postgraduate students.”
He went on to say that the project was backed by twenty four private and fourteen public universities in Pakistan, with scholarship work set to begin “by the end of this month.”
Noor said that “each scholarship will cost roughly Rs1,000,000 ( $13,600) on average”, but that the figure “could increase based on the discipline and whether the student planned to attend a private or public university.””
“Higher education is our mandate, and we aim to equip them with modern education at Pakistan’s premier universities,” Noor added.
“We will pay for the students’ travel, additional logistics, housing, academics, and any other costs.”
“Students must meet the university’s qualifying criteria for their individual discipline in order to be considered,” Noor stated.
Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan Ahmed Rabei thanked Pakistan for allowing Palestinian students to study in its universities.
The envoy stated, “We are grateful to Pakistan for opening its educational institutions to Palestinian students.”