AIOU English Access Micro Scholarship Program 2 Years has been inaugurated at the Allama Iqbal Open University, Gujranwala Region, for 13- to 20-year-olds from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The AIOU English Access Micro Scholarship is funded by the US Consulate. The opening ceremony was attended by US Consul General McNally as the Chief Guest.
Apart from Federal Minister for Energy, Khurram Dastagir Khan, Deputy Public Affairs Officer of US Consulate Hall, Director of Gujranwala Region, Dr. Qaiser Kazmi, Focal Person of English Access Micro Scholarship Program, Dr. Saira Maqbool and a large number of female students were also present at the inauguration. ۔
Addressing the ceremony, US Consul General McNaul said that this year marks the 75th anniversary of US-Pakistan relations.
He said that you are the youth who will work day and night for the development of Pakistan. Khurram Dastagir Khan said that 24,000 Pakistanis have participated in the English Access Micro Scholarship Program. He expressed the hope that this program would determine the future of Pakistani children. Khurram Dastgir Khan praised the educational services of Allama Iqbal Open University in wonderful words.
According to Dr. Saira Maqbool, the 2-year English Access Micro Scholarship Program is a program funded entirely by the US Consulate in Lahore. After written test and interview, 100 children were selected including 50 girls and 50 boys.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Dr. Zia-ul-Qayyum has expressed the hope that the English Access Micro Scholarship Program will highlight the new generation’s ability to compete and participate and they will be able to pursue higher education and employment abroad. He had proposed to acquire this project along with other universities and had won the project in competition.
According to Dr. Saira, the program is for Gujranwala students. Classes will be held at the University’s Regional Campus Gujranwala three hours a week after school hours. It should be noted that the said program is absolutely free, books, stationery and markers etc. will be provided by the US Embassy. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be given US Certification. 100 female students have also received tablets from the US Consulate.