​A​KU Challenge (Scholar​ship) 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 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

Candidates who are enrolled in Pakistan’s Board of Intermediate, Federal Board or the Aga Khan University Examination Board  

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

  • Completing HSSC exams in 2019; and

  • Studying 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, 2018.​
  • Candidates will be screened and shortlisted for eligibility.
  • Candidates will be required to write an Aptitude Test on June 30, 2018.

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

  • 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.

The University reserves the right to shortlist candidates based on criteria developed at the time of selection.

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