As per the reports of Khaleej Times, Pakistan’s first-fee free university would be opening from next month in Pakistan with six hundred students enrolled for three different master’s degree programmes.
The executive director of the Akhuwat university—Dr Mohammad Amjad Saqib, a micro-finance company would be providing the interest-free loans also referred to as the Qarz-e-Hasan in Pakistan, Khaleej Times reported. It further mentioned that the university would be opened in the Kasur district near Lahore on the 14th of August 2018.
Dr Mohammad Amjad Saqib said that the university being founded is the first of its kind in Pakistan. it is the first fee-free university in the country where students would not be needed to pay any fee. He added that is this is some form of long-duration Qarz-e-Hasan. Initially get the education and then later pay after five, ten or twenty years, whenever one would get in the position to return because one must remember that they are not paying for the acquired education instead they are paying once on a job for somebody else to benefit from.
Dr Saqib further added that education is the final solution to the problems. He said that we cannot progress and compete with the foreign community unless we strive hard and gets ahead in education. He said it is sad that a boy who comes from a poor socio-economic family background might get lucky enough to complete his ten-year education but cannot pursue higher education. He added that justice is not being done with the talent we have.
He indicated that his residential university would be a national level institute where twenty per cent of the students would come from each province of the country.
Akhuwat is already managing and handling a fee-free college in the provincial capital of Punjab—Lahore, housing more than three hundred pupils from all the provinces.
The college offers ICT, pre-engineering and pre-medical courses.
For getting admission into the college the student needs to have seventy-five per cent marks in the matriculation examinations after which they must pass a test taken at the college.