MoU HEC/French Embassy “Needs based scholarships program”
(Islamabad, July 19, 2012)
France signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) concerning the funding by France of scholarship for pakistani students. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony was arranged by His Excellency the Ambassador of France to Pakistan Mr. Philippe Thiébaud at the Embassy on Thursday the 19th of July with Chairperson HEC Dr. Javaid R. Laghari as the chief guest. Vice Chancellors of the corresponding universities/institutions participated in the ceremony.
This scholarship grant scheme will further strengthen the close and long term bilateral friendship between the Government of Pakistan and Government of France.
In Pakistan, currently, less than 8% of the 17-23 age groups are enrolled in any form of higher education. The “Needs based scholarships program” is one answer to this challenge. This program will enable young people, primarily from FATA, KPK and Baluchistan, to pursue their education in top universities/institutions of Pakistan.
France, through its Embassy in Islamabad, is offering scholarships to 90 promising students of 6 Pakistani Universities. Those scholarships will be offered in the fields of Social Science, Business and Architecture. The list of the universities includes: Quaid-E-Azam University, Islamabad, COMSATS Institute of Technology, Islamabad, Government College University, Lahore, Institute of Management Sciences, IMS Peshawar, Institute of Business and Management, Karachi and Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta.
The scholarships awards are designed to cover the complete cost of education during the entire academic program of the 90 recipients (e.g.2-4 years for the MBA, BBA & Social Sciences) for a total cost of 23millions PKR.
The selection process will ensure that at least 25% of the awarded scholarships go to ladies, especially those coming from areas of Pakistan where the access to higher education is difficult.