ISLAMABAD: Government of France through its Embassy in Pakistan has announced the grant of Rs 40 million to support a 200 scholarships programme for needy university students at undergraduate and graduate level.
This is the second phase of the programme that has already been financed in 2012 by the French government. In close collaboration with the Higher Education Commission and 10 Pakistani universities, these scholarships will be granted to the meritorious but unprivileged students. A particular attention will be given to gender balance, in order to facilitate women’s access to high education.
Philippe Thiébaud, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, organized the launching of the 2013 Needs based Scholarship programme on Friday at the French Embassy in Islamabad in presence of the HEC Chairperson, the Vice Chancellors of the participating universities, selected students of previous program funded by the French Government.
These scholarships will be offered in the fields of Social and Basic Sciences, Architecture, Information Technology, Telecom and Business administration. The participating universities are: Quaid-E-Azam University-Islamabad, COMSATS Institute of Technology-Islamabad, Lahore College for Women University-Lahore, Forman Christian College-Lahore,Institute of Business Administration, IBA-Karachi, University of Peshawar-Peshawar, Institute of Business and Management-Karachi, University of Haripur-Haripur Hazara, Frontier Women University-Peshawar and Qaraquram International University-Gilgat Baltistan.
This grant will definitely work a long way to strengthen the close bilateral ties between the people of Pakistan and France.