Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has instructed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to launch scholarships for technical and scientific subjects in line with global standards. This announcement came during a meeting held in Islamabad, where PM Kakar highlighted the importance of aligning higher education in Pakistan with contemporary economic needs.
PM Kakar Calls for Stipends in Science and Engineering Subjects
During the meeting, attended by Caretaker Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Madad Ali Sindhi, Chairman HEC Dr Mukthar Ahmed, and senior officials, the prime minister emphasized the introduction of scholarships in technical and scientific fields to meet global requirements and promote human and technical resources development.
PM Kakar called for stipends in science and engineering subjects, emphasizing the need to provide international standard education for the country’s development. Read this Sindh Medical Colleges and Universities Propose Up to 50% Fee Hike
He also directed the development of a mechanism for funding research from the IT and pharmaceutical industries. Also read Chinese Government Scholarship Program (CGSP) 2024-25 for Pakistani and AJK Nationals
Addressing Plagiarism and Promoting Skilled Manpower
The meeting also discussed measures to control plagiarism in the education sector and briefed the prime minister on national and international scholarships. PM Kakar directed the submission of a comprehensive report on the outcomes of government-funded scholarships and the removal of obstacles faced by Pakistani students studying abroad in obtaining scholarship releases.
Emphasizing the promotion of skilled manpower, PM Kakar called for a training program for skilled manpower, particularly in nursing. He highlighted the potential of the country’s workforce in the international market through trained manpower.
Enhancing IT Infrastructure and Industry-Academia Collaboration
The meeting also covered measures taken by the HEC in the IT sector, including the establishment of advanced data centers in Lahore and Karachi, the utilization of supercomputers, and other programs. PM Kakar urged authorities to develop a mechanism for funding research from the IT and pharmaceutical industries.
Joint Meeting with Provincial Authorities and Education-Related Issues
PM Kakar also called for a joint meeting of provincial authorities to address education-related issues. He stressed the importance of providing international standard education for the country’s development and directed a training program for skilled manpower, particularly in nursing.
Overall, the meeting focused on strengthening Pakistan’s higher education system, aligning it with global standards and economic needs, and promoting technical and scientific education.