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Bank Alfalah Islamic and IBA launch scholarship fund

KARACHI: Bank Alfalah Islamic and the Institute of Business Administration have announced the Alfalah Islamic Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance for five fresh undergraduate students for their entire first year.

The MoU for this initiative was signed here today at a ceremony held at Bank Alfalah Head Office by CEO and President of Bank Alfalah Atif Bajwa  and Executive Director IBA Dr. S Akbar Zaidi.

Under this agreement, Bank Alfalah Islamic will be contributing Rs. 850,000 each for a total of Rs. 4.2 million to seed the fund to support students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.

The scholarships will be awarded on a case-by-case basis, and funding can cover complete educational expenses such as admission, tuition, hostel and books to support deserving students in furthering their education.

Commenting on the partnership, CEO & President Bank Alfalah Atif Bajwa said:  “The launch of the Alfalah Islamic Scholarship Program not only reaffirms Bank Alfalah’s commitment of giving back to the society, but is also in line with our vision of building a future for Pakistan where our youth has access to quality education.

“At this time when many families are struggling financially, we have launched this initiative to allow bright, young talent to pursue their education without any obstacles. We believe supporting these students goes beyond investing in their individual futures. Their success is the country’s success, and we want to do all that we can to help them. We couldn’t have had a better partner than IBA for this.”

Dr.S Akbar Zaidi, Executive Director, IBA appreciating the gesture stated: “We are grateful to Bank Alfalah Islamic for extending their support for students from our upcoming classes. Their generosity will help students and their families in this time of unprecedented crisis by enabling the gift of higher education and their better future, which represents an investment in a better future for all of Pakistan.” 

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M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.