Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that Pakistan’s greatest asset is the youth of the country, adding that only by inspiring and uplifting them will we be able to reap the benefits of that.
At the formal launch ceremony for the Islamabad Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Program the Premier shared these views. Imran also handed out letters of scholarship to a select few students during the ceremony.
The scholarships will provide students around the country with a total of over 200,000 scholarships across four years.
According to the Office of the Prime Minister, the initiative is a landmark change in the government’s scholarship scheme, since it was given out to those students who pursued higher studies in the past.
Half of the recipients of the program are girls from low-income families, while 2% of the scholarships are reserved for special needs students.
Speaking today at the ceremony, the Premier began his speech by saying that a humane society is one that takes care of the underprivileged ‘s interests.
“How do you describe a civilized society? The definition of a civilized society is not defined by the way the rich live, it is determined by the way the poor live. That’s what separates a human society from an animalistic one.”
“We have come to understand the value of empowering the weak,” Imran said.
Therefore, Madina ‘s state also grasped the importance of education, he said. “Once the Battle of Badr took place, war prisoners would be exchanged for ransom according to the customs at the time, but the state agreed the prisoners would be exchanged if they taught at least ten people how to read and write.
“You need to understand how forward thinking this strategy was. That’s why the world’s top scientists were Muslims for the next few centuries,” he said.