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