Islamabad: 170 Higher Education Commission scholars to leave for France soon 3

Afshan S. Khan
The cooperation between Pakistan and France is working very well through Higher Education Commission because every year scholars in large numbers are proceeding to France for higher studies, said French Ambassador Regis de Belenet.
Addressing a ceremony here on Tuesday to bid farewell to 170 HEC scholars who are proceeding to France, he said the scholars are been taken care of in their whole tenure of completing their PhDs and exposed to the diversified environment of technological advancement.

“It is a great opportunity for these students as well as for Pakistan to get to know our culture and educational system,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, HEC Chairman Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said that it was a very happy occasion for all of us. “We have full confidence in you and now it’s your turn to reciprocate. You are all Pakistani Ambassadors to France,” he said.

The HEC chairman advised the scholars to use their time to attend undergraduate classes so that they can equip themselves with the fundamentals of the subject. He also advised them to unleash their hidden talents and allow growing their personality and not to hide their ignorance.

The HEC chairman said that soon universities from Germany, Austria, China and France would start functioning in Pakistan and students can benefit from them. This year 265 scholars would return to Pakistan after finishing the higher education.

The current batch of scholars belong to four different schemes of HEC including ‘Overseas Scholarship Phase II (Batch I)’, ‘Master Leading to PhD Scholarship in Economics and Finance Abroad’, ‘Master Leading to PhD Scholarship for Teachers of Weaker Universities’ and ‘UESTP-France’.

HEC had signed MoU with the Societe Francaise D’ Exportationdes Resources Educatives (SFERE), France in May 2004. SFERE is working for the international cooperation in education, research and international exchange of pupils, apprentices, students, teachers and researchers. The agreement was part of HEC’s efforts to achieve long-term sustainability of the higher education sector of the country.

By now, the Commission has sent 427 scholars through SFERE in the best universities of France for PhD studies. The cooperation began by sending 20 scholars in year 2004, 91 in 2005, 155 in 2006 and 146 in 2007. A batch of 15 HEC scholars of belonging to ‘Arts and Humanities Group’ has already proceeded to France in May 2008.

Meanwhile, the successful completion of PhD studies of HEC scholars enrolled in various reputed foreign universities has also begun. One HEC scholar, Rashid Jalal Qureshi, has returned back to Pakistan after completing PhD from Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours under the HEC programme entitled ‘PhD Scholarship for Natural and Basic Science France’.
Source: The News, 25/6/2008

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  • altaf hussain

    hello sir,
    my name is altaf hussain, i ve done a course of training from telecom foundation in the field of i want my document to be attested from higher education commission for the visa purpose,
    so kindly tell me the details of that what documents will be reqiured for that.

  • Overseas Post author

    Degree Attestation and Equivalence
    The attestation of degrees/transcripts and diplomas awarded by the chartered universities/degree awarding institutions of Pakistan both in public and private sector was transferred to the Higher Education Commission by the Government of Pakistan in May, 2000.
    Equivalence means that the studies undertaken in foreign educational institutions or degrees/diplomas obtained are regarded as equal to corresponding degrees/diplomas obtained in local educational institutions. To find similar and identical systems of education in various countries is very difficult but after having developed a mechanism of equivalence, the term implies that there is reasonable measure of similarity and commonality between the two courses of studies and recognition entitles its holder to rights enjoyed by those who have completed their degrees successfully at local institutions.
    The Higher Education Commission is the sole regulatory body of higher education in Pakistan and in terms of Section 10 (1-o) of its Ordinance, the Commission is entrusted with the job to:
    “Determine the equivalence and recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by institutions within the country and abroad”
    Appeal/s for review of any decision pertaining to equivalence of degrees/attestation of degrees can be made to Adviser (QA & LI), HEC, Islamabad at following address:
    Prof. Dr. Riaz Hussain Qureshi,
    Adviser (QA & LI),
    Higher Education Commission,
    Sector H-9, Islamabad
    email :

    Please visit the following website for Degree/Diploma attestation.


    Dear sir
    Iam the student of Bsc final year Electrical Engineering.
    Iam belong to the war affected area of Malakand Agency.
    I want to continou my study but ihave financail problem therfor give me schalarship for the Ms Electrical Engineering iam very thankfull of you for this.