Education beyond grade 12 is one of the surest ways of rising out of poverty. However, access to higher education is itself distributed very unevenly. For example, only 0.4% of the children from the lowest income quintile (from the relevant age cohort) are enrolled in higher education institutions, which is far below the national average of 9%. Ehsas scholarships aim to eliminate this source of unequal access.
According to the National Human Development Report 2017, Pakistan is currently one of the youngest country in the world, and the second youngest in the South Asian region after Afghanistan. Realizing its demographic reality which has a population of around 220 million out of which more than half are university age youth, the priority of Government is to work on such programs which give impetus to the access and equity, especially gender equity for a quality higher education relevant to the economic and social needs of the country. The strategy is to create opportunities for a sizeable segment of youth, especially females belonging to the financially disadvantaged households to bring them under the net of higher education and create equal education opportunities for all.