'Pakistan has progressed in higher education'
ISLAMABAD, Aug 16: Pakistan has progressed
considerably in higher education and has become a role model for developing
countries due to positive policies of the government, said Higher Education
Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman.
He said this in a ceremony
in which 45 Pakistani students were awarded scholarships (Erasmus Mundus
Scholarship 2007-2008) by the European Commission. Among the 45 scholarship
holders, 41 are boys. "First time a digital library has been introduced in which
23,000 international journals and 40,000 books are available to equip students
with the latest information," he said.
European Commission ambassador Jan
De Kok was chief guest on the occasion. Kok stressed the needs for continued
cooperation with Pakistan in the field of education and other fields. When asked
why Pakistan did not have a 'Pakistan window' in their scholarship programme
unlike India, he said their union was cooperating in many projects other than
education in Pakistan. "Education is not only one sector in which we are
cooperating but in countries like India we are only cooperating in the field of
education," he said.
K Bhuiyan, attaché (economic cooperation) of the
European Commission delegation to Pakistan, introduced the Erasmus Mundus
Programme on the occasion. About 42 students from Pakistan were enrolled under
this programme for the year 2006-07 through its 'Asia Window' out of which 33
were boys and nine girls. Daily times