BHC: (BHC holds seminar on Chevening scholarships)


ISLAMABAD: The British High Commission (BHC), in partnership with the Media Advocacy Centre, held a seminar titled How to get a Chevening Scholarship at the Lahore Press Club.

According to a press release issued here on Sunday, the session was aimed at raising the awareness of the UK’s prestigious scholarship scheme amongst future leaders of Pakistan, including the Pakistani journalist community.

The BHC’s team including Mr. Andy Battson, Head of Chevening Pakistan, Mrs. Shahla Qayyum, Deputy Head of Chevening, Mr. Imran Rana, Spokesperson (Ur) attended the event hosted by Mr. Arshad Ansari, President of the Lahore Press Club, Mr. Zulfiqar Mehto, Secretary General of the Media Advocacy Centre and Mr. Sikandar Lodhi, Chairman of the Media Advocacy Centre.

During the discussion, Mr. Battson highlighted the history, objectives and benefits of the programme and encouraged prospective applicants to apply online at www.chevening.org/apply.

The attendees also had the opportunity to hear the personal experiences of Chevening Scholars Ms. Aasia Saail Khan and Mr. Shahbaz Safdar Ali, benefiting from their experience of life overseas and on making an effective scholarships application. The closing date of this year’s Chevening Applications window is 3 November 2015.

For the academic year 2015/16 the UK Government quadrupled the number of scholarship places for Pakistan, and same number is expected for 2016/17, offering a substantial number of opportunities for prospective leaders to come to the UK and further their education.

The Head of the Chevening Pakistan, Mr. Andy Battson, said that Chevening scholarships offer the potential future leaders of Pakistan the opportunity to study for a post-graduate qualification in the UK.

He said students in the UK benefit not only from our world class universities but also from our dynamic, vibrant and multicultural society. Our universities similarly benefit from having top professionals study with them.

He said the scheme has produced over 44,000 scholars to date globally, which also includes more than 1,300 Pakistani nationals from various disciplines, including journalism.

We are proud of the Chevening alumni and the important contribution they are making towards Pakistan’s development. This demonstrates that Chevening not only brings immediate benefits for individual scholars but also long-term benefits for both Pakistan and the UK. This is a sign of the strong bilateral relationship between our two countries, he added.

He said the 2016/17 application window for scholarships is now open and we are pleased to join the management and the members of Lahore Press Club here to discuss the objectives and benefits of these Scholarships. We look forward to receiving applications on our website www.chevening.org/apply, he said.

In his note of thanks to the British High Commission, Lahore Press Club President Mr. Arshad Ansari said: We are delighted to host this important session at the Lahore Press Club in partnership with the British High Commission and the Media Advocacy Centre, raising awareness amongst journalists of the UK’s flagship Chevening scholarship programme.

He said building the capacity of Pakistani journalists through education and training opportunities is part of our manifesto. I am grateful to the British High Commission’s team for bringing this opportunity to my colleagues and I encourage all our members to apply for the scholarship programme as part of their personal and professional development, he added.