*KARACHI:* The Higher Education Commission (HEC) would provide 100 scholarships to graduates from Balochistan in law education, as the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved the project worth Rs 448.735 million.
Under the project, 50 five-year LLB and 10 LLM scholarships would be awarded to Baloch students to study in Pakistani universities, while 30 Baloch students would be sent abroad for LLM and 10 Baloch students to pursue PhD studies. In order to ensure fair execution of the project, HEC constituted a steering committee comprising of HEC executive director, provincial education secretary and representatives from Pakistan Bar Council, Quetta. The scholarships would be awarded on open merit to students of Balochistan who intend to opt for law as a profession.
In 2017, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had announced the award of law scholarships during his visit to Balochistan in the wake of the tragic incident of Civil Hospital, Quetta in 2016 which led to the death of 60 lawyers.
The incident had wiped out a whole generation of senior lawyers and casted serious negative impact on the entire judicial system. It created a serious shortage of qualified lawyers in the province. Under the project, 15-20 per cent scholarships would be reserved for children from the families that had become victim of Civil Hospital, Quetta blast.