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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 three-and-a-half years.

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.

He said 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.

Dr 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 universities.

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 doctoral studies.

He said PAEC had already been assigned by the government to generate 8,800KW of nuclear power by the year 2030.

Mr Ali 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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