​A​KU Challenge (Scholar​ship) Programme

We invite you to apply to The AKU Challenge (Scholarship) Programme scheduled to take place in October 2017.

Th​​e​​ Programme

This is a two week residential programme which does not have a tuition fee.  The University will pay for boarding and lodging. The programme ​​​offers rigorous, intellectually stimulating and developmental co-curricular activities. There will be opportunities:

  • ​To enhance literacy skills. 
  • To improve critical reasoning skills.
  • To understand the need for research and spend time in the AKU laboratories with highly qualified University faculty.
  • For learning to be proficient with the use of the computer.

  • ​For career guidance to help you choose the ‘right’ career; to meet successful professionals and listen to their stories.

  • ​​To learn First Aid.

  • To learn to swim and participate in sports.

  • ​To participate in discussions on current affairs.

  • ​To go into low-income areas a​nd understand how you as an individual can make a difference in their lives.

  • ​To tour historical sites in Karachi and Interior Sindh, depending on the security situation.

​Eligibility Criteria

Candida​​tes studying in the National/Provincial system of education in Pakistan or the Aga Khan University Examination Board 

  • Having achieved at least  80% in the SSC examination and

  • Completing HSSC exams in 2018; and

  • S​tudying in the pre-medical group (biology, chemistry and physics) may apply.

​​​Selection Process

Sel​ection will be based on academic merit with special consideration given to candidates from under-privileged areas of the country. ​​​​The process of selection will be as follows:

  • AKU will accept applications until March 15, 2017.​
  • Candidates will be screened and shortlisted for eligibility.
  • Candidates will be required to write an Aptitude Test on July 8, 2017.

  • ​​​The Aptitude Test will include components in English, Mathematics at the secondary school level and a component of Science Reasoning. 

  • Top 100 candidates [50% women] will be shortlisted based on the Aptitude Test. 

  • ​Candidates will be interviewed by a panel of two interviewers. 

  • A total of 44 students will be selected; 22 boys and 22 girls.

For more information, please call at +92 21 34864410 / 4412 or email at ​aku.c​​hallenge@aku.edu.


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