Prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has launched PM Electric WheelChair Scheme for Disabled Students of Pakistani Universities in Pakistan. If Successful First Phase of PM Wheelchair Scheme, Second Phase is announced.Those Students who do not get a wheelchair in PM Wheelchair Scheme 1st Phase, Online Apply for it.
PM Electric Wheelchair Scheme 2020
Special students of HEC recognized universities and degree awarding institutions of Pakistan and AJ&K, requiring ambulatory assistance.
Valid Certificate of special ambulatory need from relevant government institution duly verified by the head of the respective institution (Annex-A)
HOW TO APPLY
Prospective students would fill in their particulars via online application forms on a given link at the HEC website. The form would be printed, necessary documents attached and submitted through the office of the respective Vice-Chancellor or designated person at the university/Degree Awarding Institute. Universities will forward all eligible cases to HEC for the distribution of wheelchairs.
Verification of Applications:
The Applications received would be forwarded through the Vice-Chancellors’ office and would be accompanied by a medical certificate satisfying the verification criteria.
PM wheelchair Scheme Scheme(2nd Phase) Online Apply:
You can submit an online Apply Form on www.eportal.hec.gov.pk/wheelchair.
For more information contact the Project Director Prime Minister’s Electric Wheelchair Higher Education Commission, H-8/1, Islamabad
Phone Numbers: 051- 9080 8160 /9080 8163.
PRIME MINISTER’S ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR SCHEME FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Supporting Youth and promoting Higher Education is one of the top priorities of the current democratic government of Pakistan. It has a broad canvas of schemes aimed at enabling youth to get access to higher education, internships, training and then getting relevant jobs or entrepreneurship career paths.
In this connection, one of the great initiatives of the Government is the scheme for distributing Motorized/Electric Wheelchairs to disabled students studying in Public Sector Universities of Pakistan with the objective to facilitate them in their movements in order to complete their higher education and enable them to contribute effectively towards the progress of the country.
This scheme is aligned with the United Nation’s Standard Development Goals (SDGs) projecting, ‘By 2030 eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable persons with disabilities, indigenous people and children in vulnerable situations’. Pakistan has signed a treaty on September 15, 2008, in the United Nations Convention on “Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, and ratified on July 5, 2011. As per data of Census 1998, there were 622,025 disabled (crippled) persons in Pakistan. Out of these 21,925 were enrolled in different public and private sector schools, colleges and universities in Pakistan.
BENEFITS OF SCHEME
Intangible Benefits: The scheme will create an awareness in the youth that the government’s intent is to support each segment of the society and it will also support increased access to Higher Education as well.
Social benefits with indicators: Pakistan is the 6th most populous nation comprising a large number of young people. The scheme would provide respectability and on-campus ease of movement to the beneficiary students in the universities by providing an equal opportunity and access to education. Students coming from mediocre backgrounds would be benefitted from this scheme since due to the high price of the motorized wheelchair, it is quite difficult for a family to purchase an electric wheelchair.
Employment Generation (direct and indirect): The students who would be provided with the wheelchairs would be facilitated to achieve their education and hence would be playing an important role in the socio-economic development of the country afterward. Though the employment would mostly be dependent upon their academic competencies and compatibility to the job requirements, yet assistance in terms of mobility would be facilitated through the wheelchairs.
The main objective of the scheme is to facilitate special students having an ambulatory disability so that they can be assisted in their movements and contribute effectively towards the progress of the country.
Inclusive Development Leaving No One Behind
Ambulatory disabilities are those that have an impact on one’s ambulation. This includes people who limp, who experience pain when walking, who cannot walk unaided, who use wheelchairs-canes-walkers and whose walk is impaired because of a physical difference.
Ambulatory disability means a disability because of which a person:
- Has a physical and permanent disability to such a degree that the person is unable to move from place to place without the aid of a wheelchair;
- Is not able to cross curbs because of paralysis or loss of function of the person’s legs;
- Is missing one or both legs; or
- Has a permanently impaired or unsteady gait that makes it impossible or impractical to walk as a means of transportation.
- The execution and operational phases would be looked after by HEC, via ensuring that the distribution is being made transparently and on merit to those students, who fulfill the eligibility criteria for the program.
- Based on the criteria, the list of students declared eligible to receive the wheelchair would be shared with the respective universities. The student would also be informed via email and a letter addressed at his residential address to collect the wheelchair through the University’s relevant department. The Universities via HEC Regional Centers would be responsible to deliver the wheelchair to the concerned student and forward a receiving to the HEC in this regard.
- The details of the vendor would be shared with the student so that any repair or service during the warranty period may be made immediately and free of cost.
The ceremony has been organized at Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Jamshoro on 30th October 2019. Chief Guest was Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Health Minister Sindh. A total of of 17 wheelchairs were distributed among 11 males and 06 females of eight universities of Sindh.
The ceremony took place at Old Chief Minister House, 90 Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore on 25th November 2019. Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz, Minister Higher Education was the chief guest. 82 wheelchairs were distributed among special students out of which 56 were males and 26 were females.
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