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Merit-based scholarships under NEST being increased to Rs 25bn: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday said the National Endowment Scholarships for Talent (NEST) would be gradually increased from the existing 5.2 to 25 billion rupees to support merit-based studies. Addressing a scholarship award ceremony, the minister said the programme has been launched on the pattern of Punjab Education Endowment Fund under which 150,000 students are receiving scholarship. The minister said a major programme launched by the present government is US-Pakistan…