The Saida and Firoz Rasul AKU Challenge (scholarship) Programme​

​The Programme

This is a two-week residential programme which does not have a tuition fee. The University pays for boarding and lodging. Please note that the modality of the programme will depend on the covid situation at that time. 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 learn to swim and 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 and interior Sindh

Who can apply?

​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 85% in the Secondary School (SSC) / Matric examinations (any group i.e. Science, Commerce, Humanities and Arts).


  • Will be completing the Higher Secondary School (HSSC) exams in 2023.

How to Apply?

​​Please 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​llment Card

  4. B-form / National Identity Card

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

Application Deadline is Friday, February 25, 2022. For Sample Test Paper click here​.

Application Fee

Please deposit Rs. 400 in any HBL branch or transfer online. 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


Please pay online.
While paying please select "Medical College - Pakistan" as entity and enter purpose as “AKUCSP2022” . In case you are unable to receive the payment acknowledgement, please notify the Finance Office by emailing at

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 email address.

​Candidates applying to the programme must write the AKU Challenge Test on Saturday, August 13​​, 2022. Details will be provided in the admit card. Please note that the conductance of the test will depend on the covid situation at that time.


For your queries and further details please contact us at:​
+92 21 3486 4412 
+92 21 3486 5406