The Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme Ceremony for Less Developed Areas hosted by Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur held at Sukkur IBA. Mr. Saleem Zia, General Secretary, Pakistan Muslim League (N) Sindh was the chef guest on this occasion. Mr. Zia said that this is a special privilege for the less developed areas students for their pursuit of higher education. I extend my congratulation to Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif for launching this scheme. He said that more than 40,000 students across the country would be benefited. The cost of the program is 1.20 billion. He shed light on the various scheme initiated by Prime Minister of Pakistan i-e Youth Loan, Laptop Scheme, Skill Development Program and Qarz-e-Hasna. I feel immense pleasure to be here because Sindh is the soil of Sufi saints who’s message is peace and harmony and Sindh is the centre of excellence. The message of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Sachal Sarmast and Bedal Bekas is for universal peace. Sindh is the land of civilization. The civilization of Moen-Jo-Daro is rich in heritage and culture. Mr. Zia said that this program is enabling for the promotion of higher education, economic empowerment and on job trainings. He said that the initiative of Higher Education Commission is commendable. He appreciated the efforts of Dr. Parveen Shah and Mr. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui for hosting this event in befitting manner. He lauded the efforts of Ms. Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Chairperson, Prime Minster’s Youth Development Program for promoting the youth of the less developed areas. Prof Dr. Parveen Shah, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif university, Khairpur said that youth is the hope and real asset of the country where as education strengthenings political, social and economic foundation of the society. It creates sense of responsibility and teaches tolerance, peaceful con-existence and to obey rule of law. Dr. Shah said that Pakistan has increased graph of youth as it is 40 to 45 % of the population comprises of youth but only 7 to 8 % of them assess to higher education. The youth population can be turned into an asset by providing them healthy opportunities like these schemes which are initiated and monitored by Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz Sharif. Dr. Shah said that this efforts is heart touching, praise worthy and historical. Dr. Parveen Shah shed light on the academic and research development activities of the University. Prof Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti, Member, HRD Division, Higher Education Commission, Islamabad presented his welcome address. He cordially welcomed all the Vice Chancellors, students, teachers and notable citizens. He said that this is the 7th event being organized by HEC, Prime Minister Secretariat and Youth Development Program jointly. Dr. Bhatti said that this program received well appreciation across the society. Dr. Bhatti said that this scheme will enhance the capacity building of the recipient students. Dr. Darshan Munshi, MNA, PML (N) said that it is the high time we must promote the education, he appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister of Pakistan for launching this scheme for students. This is the first ever scheme introduced in Pakistan by present government. He said that Shah Abdul Latif University is one of the leading University of the country, there is brain drain and also appreciated the efforts of Dr. Parveen Shah and Mr. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui, Director, IBA for the promotion of noble cause of education in the area. Mr. Nihal Hashmi Senior Politician, PML (N) said that the first verse of Holy Quran is IQRA which means read. This is the Sunnah of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H). He addressed to the students that you are the future intellectual of the Pakistan. You are the dream of Jinnah and Iqbal. He said that Prof Dr. Parveen Shah is the trend setter, under her guidance University is developing day by day. Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Former, Deputy Speaker National Assembly said that role of the politician is to redress the issues of the people and stressed the cheque recipient students to work hard for the development of the country. He said that this program will benefit the students of less developed areas. Mr. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui, Director, Sukkur IBA extended his vote of thanks to the guests. He stressed the students to incur this amount on research and development. He also shed light on the academic and research development of IBA. More then 400 students from Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sukkur IBA, Peoples University of Medical & Health Sciences, Nawasbhah, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University, Larkana and Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering Sciences & Technology, Nawabshah received the cheques and certificates from Mr. Saleem Zia, Prof Dr. Parveen Shah, Dr. Raza Bhatti and others. Prof Dr. Parveen Shah and Mr, Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui presented the shields and culture gifts to guests. Prof Dr. Azam Yousfani, Vice Chancellor, Peoples University of Medical & Health Sciences, Nawasbhah, Prof Dr. Abdul Karim Balouch, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering Sciences & Technology, Nawabshah, Prof Dr. Miandad Zardari, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Main Campus, SALU, Prof Dr. Lutfullah Mang, Pro-Vice Chancellor Shikarpur Campus, Prof . Dr. Yasmeen Faiz Kazi, Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof dr. Ghulam Murtaza Maitlo, Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, Dr. Abdul Majeed Chandio, Dr. Ghulam Sarwar Markhand, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Kanhar, Dr. Ghulam Ali Mallah, Dr. Asad Raza Abidi, Registrar, Prof Dr. Taj Mohammad Lashari, Media Coordinator, Ms. Shumaila Ishaq, DG, HEC, Mr. Zahid Khand, Mr. Sarwar Latif, Mr. Imam Din Khoso, Mr. Bashir Bhutto, Mr. Raja Ansari and others attended the ceremony. The proceedings of the ceremony were conducted by Dr. Mehmood-ul-Hassan Mughal.