It is the source of immense pleasure for all of us that the World Health Organization (WHO) and Government of Pakistan (GOP) have declared the year 2020 as, “the year of nurses and midwives”. It gives an insight to the world about the importance of nursing and midwifery in healthcare system. According to the statistics, there is a critical shortage of nurses and midwives in Pakistan. For a population of 220 million, there are almost 80,000 nurses working in Pakistan, whereas, the need for nurses is estimated around 800,000 to 1 million. Many institutions have joined hands to invest in the field of nursing and midwifery. For the same reason, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (FE&PT) launched a four year National Endowment Scholarships for Talent (NEST), for nursing profession in Pakistan.
NEST BOD has approved 52 top ranking nursing institutes which are affiliated with HEC recognized universities, registered and approved by Pakistan Nursing Council, and shortlisted by the selection committee comprising of the members of PNC and NEST. The Bahria Town School of Nursing Lahore received fifteen (15) scholarships for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Generic BSN) program, as a partner institution among these 52 top ranking nursing institutions in Pakistan. The students who receive this scholarship will get financial support for their entire degree program.
The purpose of NEST scholarship program is to increase professional capacity of nursing profession by imparting quality education and training to the needy and deserving students. currently, there are more than 25 students enrolled in NEST Scholarship program.
Financial Assistance by Bahria Town School of Nursing Lahore
For many years, BTSON is supporting its students through financial assistance based on their financial constraints. At BTSON, we ensure the critical evaluation for the selection of needy students to provide them the opportunity for quality nursing education according to the standards and criteria set by NEST and PNC committee. Each year, the scholarship committee evaluate the student’s need and allocation o financial assistance is provided to the students. currently, there are more than 10 students studying on BTSON provided financial assistance.