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Non- discrimination policy
NUST imposes a strict, non-discrimination policy for reducing in-equalities due to gender, race, marital status, ethnicity, religion, financial background, disabilities, and sexual orientation. The policy, which emphasizes on merit, applies to all matters of university employment, administration, admission to university academic programs and other activities.
NUST Disability Redressal Policy
Disability covers various physical and psychological impairments that pose a challenge to the functionality of a person, affecting his/her ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Disability may be associated with longterm health issues, thus requiring rigorous management which impediments a person’s participation and productivity as an individual and member of society. Social barriers and lack of facilitation may be a hindrance to effective participation on an equal basis with others.
NUST constituted “National Disability Redressal Committee (NDRC)” to review existing infrastructure and practices and recommended plans to make NUST disability- friendly institution. Previously, students or staff with a disability was duly facilitated upon need and request. However, there was a dire need for policy and formation of dedicated committees/structures to streamline the assistance and facilitation process for students/staff with disability, hence NUST introduced this policy for redressal of disability into the following categories:
- Curriculum & Examination
- Addressing Temporary Disability
- Disability Awareness and Staff Development
- Infrastructural Changes
- Constitution of Disability Redressal Committee
Under Graduation Awareness Drives
2019-2021: 21 Cities | 51 Institutes | 11,820 Students Outreach
NUST believes in education being the only tool to bridge not only economic inequalities but also cultural inequalities. NUST UG Awareness Drives are conducted on the request of different educational institutes in order to guide students regarding NUST and its Under-Graduate Admissions Procedure. It also focuses on promoting awareness on the importance of higher education and encourages talented but underprivileged students from remote areas of Pakistan to apply for various undergraduate programs. As a result of these UG drives, many students enroll at NUST from all over Pakistan, the distribution of composition of the students’ body representing all the provinces of Pakistan is as follows:
NUST Outreach Programmes
4 Yrs., 625 Students from remote areas coached on NUST Main Campus
NUST launched its Outreach Programme in 2017, with objective to synchronize the raw talent and refine the faculties of the promising students hailing from underprivileged areas of the country to join mainstream universities for pursuing their academic career.
Students belonging to remote areas like Sindh (All districts less Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Balochistan are eligible to apply.
The programme is intended to coach the qualified students of High School students to prepare for NUST Entry Test. The duration of the training is 4-6 weeks during summers, at various centres. Following facilities are provided to the selected students, free of cost, during the training: –
• Boarding and Lodging
• Stationery / Photostat / Guide Books
• Medical Facility / Hygiene Kit
• Sports Gadgets
NUST also offers Need-Based Scholarships to deserving selected applicants. From 2019 onwards, campus in Balochistan also started enrolling students in UG programmes, which is a laudable step of NUST for ensuring social inclusion.
Need-Based Financial Scholarships for Students
Total 2400+ Scholarships awarded 2015-20
Need-Based Financial Aid Program aims to make NUST education affordable and accessible to the most financially challenged students, admitted purely on merit. The program is bolstered by NUSTs’ own resources and external funding, seeking to facilitate students from low and middle-income families. Need-based financial aid is offered to Undergraduate and Masters students in various forms like tuition fee coverage, interest-free loans, deferment of tuition fee, and fee deposits in installments.
Accessible Pakistan Application launched at NUST
For the first time in Pakistan, Friends of Paraplegics (FOP), in collaboration with the Embassy of Germany and NUST, launched the “Accessible Pakistan Application” on March 2, 2020 at the university’s main campus. The application draws upon a unique concept that focuses on the social integration of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens, by highlighting the universal accessibility tandards and building by-laws. Supported under the Micro Project Scheme of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Accessible Pakistan Application helps in the online identification of accessible spots/services for PWDs and old-aged citizens, through Android & IOS applications and website. In addition to a large number of students and faculty, prominent dignitaries attending the launch included Ms Romina Khurshid Alam, MNA, member of SDGs taskforce, Dr Palitha Mahipala, WHO Representative in Pakistan, Ms Annika Wistrach, Representative of German Embassy and Mr Irfanullah General Secretary, Friends of Paraplegics.
UN75 Dialogue on Inequalities
The United Nations turned 75 in 2020 year and to spur global discussions on the issues facing humanity, UN Secretary His Excellency General Antonio Guterres called out to stakeholders worldwide to participate in UN75 dialogues. During His Excellency’s visit to Pakistan and NUST in February 2020, he specifically requested NUST to participate in UN75 debates. NUST hosted first-ever online UN75Dialogue on “Inequalities: Bridging the Divide” which was live streamed from the university’s main campus on 28th May, 2020.