Prime Minister's Youth Programme is a revolutionary programme for the socio-economic development of youth, in a bid to combat soaring unemployment in the country. It has broad canvas of schemes aimed at enabling youth and poor segments of population to get good employment opportunities, secure economic empowerment, acquire skills needed for gainful employment, to enhance access to higher education and IT tools, avail on-the-job training/internship for young graduates.
Under the umbrella of Prime Minister's Youth Programme, the Government of Pakistan plans to enlarge the scope of the PM Youth Program by launching a scheme for distributing 500 Motorized/Electric Wheelchairs to empower special students (having ambulatory disability) studying in HEC recognized Public Sector Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Pakistan and the State of Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
The main objective of the scheme is to empower special students having ambulatory disability and enable them to equally contribute in economic development of the country besides institutionalizing inclusive development – leaving no one behind; so that each one of us participate in national development process equally with dignity and self-pride. The Scheme is aligned with the Target 4.5 of United Nation's Standard Development Goals (SDGs) i.e. "By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations"
Higher Education Commission of Pakistan will be the executing agency of the scheme.
During Phase-I, 500 Motorized/Electric Wheelchairs will be distributed to amongst special students (having ambulatory disability) enrolled in public sector Universities/HEIs across the country and Azad Jammu & Kashmir on merit.
The eligibility criteria of the PM Wheelchair scheme is as follows:
- All Special Students of HEC recognized public sector universities and degree awarding institutions of Pakistan and AJ&K, requiring ambulatory assistance.
- Students registered by September 30, 2017. Click here to Register
- Students enrolled in Undergraduate, Postgraduate, MS/MPhil and PhD Programs.
- Valid certificate of special ambulatory need from relevant government institution duly verified by head of respective institution.
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