Karachi Central Jail inmate bags Rs1m scholarship to pursue degree in chartered accountancy

A Karachi Central Jail inmate, imprisoned for the past 11 years, has won a scholarship worth Rs1 million to pursue a degree in chartered accountancy for his exceptional academic performance.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) has awarded the scholarship to prisoner Naeem Shah.

As per the details revealed by the Senior Superintendent of Central Jail Muhammad Hassan Sehto, Shah was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and was behind bars for the last 11 years, stated

“While in prison, he resumed his studies,” the superintendent said. “He gave his matriculation exams and then undertook intermediate examination, in which he secured excellent marks, and attained a position in the top 20 students.”

Sehto added that after his Intermediate results, Shah approached ICAP, requesting them to be given a chance to become a Chartered Accountant for higher studies. He was offered a scholarship because of his outstanding academic performance.

Letters were exchanged in this regard in which ICAP stated that Shah was eligible for their scholarship programme, and has been given a scholarship of Rs1 million, the superintendent added.

It is due to Shah’s own dedication along with the support of the prison authorities, he was able to achieve this position today, the superintendent stated.

“Naeem Shah showed good manners whilst in jail and spent most of his time studying instead of talking to fellow prisoners. The jail authorities also him encouraged fully and provided him with all possible help in his studies,” Sehto concluded.




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