​​​The AKU Challenge (scholarship) Programme

In honour of ​Saida and Firoz Rasul​​​​​


The Pro​​gramme

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

  • To enhance critical thinking skills​

  • To strengthen your presentation, reading and writing 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 listen to the life stories of our alumni and leadership of the University who will share with you the secrets of their success

  • To help you appreciate the need for a broad based education in preparing for professional life

  • To learn how to enjoy numbers

  • To participate in sports

  • To learn First aid

  • To go to low-income areas and understand how you as an individual can make a difference in their lives

  • To tour historical sites in Karachi

Who can a​​​pply?

​Candidates following any nation​al system of education in Pakistan or are registered with the AKU Examination Board, and fulfil the following criteria, may apply:

  • Achieved at least 80% in the Secondary School (SSC) / Matric examinations (any group i.e. Science, Commerce, Humanities and Arts).​ AND  

  • Will be completing the Higher Secondary School (HSSC) examinations in 2025.

How to ​​Apply?

​​Application Deadline is April 22, 2024. ​​Candidates are required to apply online.​ Following documents must be uploaded with the online application.

  1. ​One clear photograph showing your full face (no selfie and party picture)​​

  2. Secondary School Certificate (SSC) mark sheet

  3. ​College ID card / Enro​ll​​ment Card

  4. B-form / National Identity Card

  5. Application fee payment receipt / Acknowledgement email received from the AKU Finance Office

Application Fee

Application fee is Rs 1,000. Banking details are as follows:

Account Title: The Aga Khan University
Bank Name: Habib Bank Limited
Branch Name & Code: Karsaz Branch - 0896
Account number: 0896-79006003-01
NTN number: 1206240-5

IBAN number: PK27 HABB 0008967900600301 OR

While paying please select "Medical College - Pakistan" as entity and enter purpose as “AKUCSP2024” . In case you are unable to receive the payment acknowledgement, please notify the Finance Office by emailing at student.finance@aku.edu​.

Please note:

  • The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Admit card to write the test will be emailed to students. 
  • All related communication will be made through email. Please make sure that you have a valid functional ​email address.

​Candidates applying to the programme must write the AKU Challenge Test on Saturday, July 20, 2024. Details will be provided in the admit card. ​​Alternate opportunities are not available.​


For your queries and further details please contact us at:​
+92 21 3486 5140 
+92 21 3486 5406