2,000 scholarships in next two years: HEC
ISLAMABAD, June 26(Dawn): The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is planning to
send 2,000 students abroad on scholarships during the next two years. This was
stated by Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Attaur Rahman while
inaugurating the 32nd International Nathiagali Summer College on Physics and
Contemporary Needs, here on Monday.
He said 1,000 students had already
been sent abroad for PhDs. and HEC was sending talented people abroad on
scholarships so that they could contribute to the promotion of science and
technology when they returned.
He said the government had increased the
budget for the promotion of higher education by 360 per cent during the last
He said the government had been emphasising on
the production of high-tech manpower through quality education and providing
them an enabling atmosphere for their absorption in the country.
university enrolment had increased by 50 per cent and stressed the need for
providing youth access to higher education in relevant fields of technology, in
accordance with the national demands.
Chairman HEC said the government
was planning to change the salary structure of university researchers and
professors, which will be fixed at Rs300,000 per month and an announcement
regarding this will be made soon.
He said government had given a 15-year
tax holiday for establishing high-tech universities in Pakistan.
Rahman said the HEC had linked Pakistani universities to their foreign
counterparts under a joint research programme. In this connection, he said,
links had been established with British and American
Chairman PAEC Anwar Ali said a major initiative has been
launched for the development of human resource in the field of science and
technology as hundreds of scholars were being sent abroad for PhDs and post
He said PAEC had already been assigned by the
government to generate 8,800KW of nuclear power by the year 2030.
said PAEC had also proposed a number of specialised centres and projects, which
will be the focal points for scientists and technologists.
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