A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was formed to pay stipends to qualified college students.

On Monday, the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) with the Sindh College Education Department signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to offer stipends to deserving college students in the state.

Sindh Colleges Director General Ghulam Mustafa and Naveed Akbar, the director-general Waseela-e-Taleem BISP headquarters Islamabad, signed the MoU at the office of the Sindh college department secretary.

The occasion was also attended by Sindh College Secretary Khalid Hyder Shah and BISP Sindh Director General Fouzia Basharat Samo. The MOU’s goal was to collaborate between the BISP and the provincial college education sector to conduct a co-responsibility cash transfer (CCT) through Sindh’s Waseela-e-Taleem programme to promote upper management secondary/intermediate education.

According to the MoU, the CCT programme will also provide a safety net and a feasible option for the most vulnerable and underprivileged families in Sindh to invest in developing human capital by promoting upper secondary education for their children.

The Sindh college education department, according to a statement released on Monday, can provide supply-side data for capacity analysis to assist beneficiaries in selecting higher secondary schools or colleges for enlistment in the upper secondary CCT education program and to enable the accessibility for higher secondary schools and colleges for the gathering of attendance records of enrolled children of the BISP family.

The BISP board had chosen to include higher secondary pupils in the Waseela-e-Taleem programme, according to Akbar. The federal government funded the scheme by giving financial subsidies to students from the lowest earners who attended school at least 70% of the time.

He went on to say that the project’s digitization was targeted at increasing elementary and secondary school enrollment and reducing dropouts. He stated that about 2 million children had been enrolled and were receiving regular stipends quarterly.