The University of Turbat (UoT) on 6th March, 2020 granted scholarships to more than 150 students under the Balochistan Education Endowment Fund (BEEF).
Speaking on the occasion the chief guest of the event Provincial Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi said it was the priority of present government to award scholarships to the talented and deserving students under the BEEF and encourage them to acquire higher studies at different education institutions including Turbat University.
“Thousands of students in remote areas of Balochistan have benefited from the launch of the merit scholarships under the Balochistan Education Endowment Fund, and special grant for universities has been raised from Rs.500m to 1500m. Similarly Turbat University has been provided Rs. 150m, while Balochistan University and BUITEMS have been provided Rs. 320m and 330m respectively,” the minister added.
He said that the problems of the people of Balochistan are different from other provinces. Provision of facilities to the dispersed population and lack of higher education institutions in Balochistan are at the top among problems. Provincial minister said that his government has taken far-reaching steps under the leadership of Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan and his government has increased the education budget substantially so that the children of low income families in the rural areas of Balochistan could also be facilitated for acquiring quality education.
Speaking at the ceremony, Secretary Finance Noorul Haq Baloch said: "I am glad to see that Turbat University is at the forefront among the universities recently established in Balochistan, because Turbat University had achieved same quantum of success in six years which other universities get in 25 years.
Secretary said it was the era of science and technology, and with the advent of the internet, we can easily access to the educational contents via internet from anywhere. He said “Balochistan government is promoting education through various scholarship programs. Students at Turbat University are an asset to us. I hope that our children will not only focus on getting degrees but also acquire quality education by using information technology”.
Appreciating the efforts of Scholarships’ focal person Abdul Jabbar Baloch and his team VC UoT Prof Dr Abdul Razzaq Sabir said that a number of achievements accomplished by the Turbat University in short time was the result of the joint efforts of University administration, academic staff and public representatives of the area. He said that with the support of Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi and provincial government the university was on the path of further development.
He hoped that with the establishment of university campuses in Gwadar and Panjgur, the people of entire Makran division and rest of the province would have better opportunities of acquiring quality education at their door steps.
VC said that Gwadar campus will be given a full-fledged university status very soon as charter of Gwadar university has already been passed by the Provincial Assembly in November 2018.
Meanwhile, the guest of honor of the event, the CEO BEEF Dr Rasheed Masood Jaffer said that the students and research scholars of the Turbat University deserved to be congratulated for being beneficiary of scholarships by the Balochistan government. He said “BEEF is an autonomous body and working to remove the educational backwardness of Balochistan. It is our duty to help the talented and needy students of Balochistan.”
Earlier, in his welcome speech, the Registrar of Turbat University Ghulam Farooq Baloch highlighted the University's performance and achievements. He requested government of Balochistan for granting some additional scholarships for the universities situated in backward and remote areas of Balochistan. Mr. Ghulam Farooq Baloch also requested to Finance Minister and Sesretary Finance to consider augmenting the UoT’s Endowment Fund of Rs, 50 (M) which was earlier given by government of Balochistan during 2014. At the end, scholarship cheques were distributed among the students by the guests.
The event was also attended by MPA Lala Rasheed, Dean Faculty of Law Prof. Dr. Gul Hassan, Ex Provincial Minister Abdul Ghafoor Bezinjo, UoT Director Finance Shabek Syed, UoT’s focal person scholarships Abdul Jabbar Baloch, Chairperson Management Science Department Dr. Waseem Barkat, Assistant Professor Dr. Riaz Ahmed, Gwadar Campus Director Ijaz Ahmed Deputy Registrar Ganguzar Baloch, faculty members, administrative staff, notables, representatives of civil society, educationists and UoT ’students at large number.