ISLAMABAD -- Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday distributed 42 electric wheel chairs to students of 14 public sector universities Prime Minister's special scheme.
Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training (FE and PT) Shafqat Mahmood, distributed 42 electric wheelchairs to students of 14 public sector universities in a ceremony held at HEC.
Briefing on Prime Minister's Electric Wheelchair Scheme, Muhammad Raza Chohan, Director General HRD, HEC said that Special children need our attention as they are unparalleled part of our society. The present government has identified the need and has launched this programmme worth Rs132 million, he added.
He further informed the audience that a total of 600 electric wheelchairs are to be distributed in three years duration in all regions of the country. Initially, 208 electric wheelchairs are to be distributed among the university students who had applied under the scheme in the year 2018 and were recommended by the evaluation committees of the public sector universities and HEC's steering committee.
He informed the audience that electric wheel chair distribution ceremony at HEC Secretariat is the central ceremony while 17 university students were given electric wheelchairs in a distribution ceremony held earlier at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro (LUMHS) and in another ceremony held in Chief Minister House, Lahore 20 university students were given electric wheelchairs.
While addressing the ceremony as chief guest, federal minister Shafqat Mehmmod said that we need to play a leadership role and it is government's responsibility to facilitate special children in transforming their lives.
The Minister informed the audience that government would initiate a special programme for facilitating and enhancing accessibility of people with special abilities in educational institutions. He hoped that...