HEC, Cam­pus France or­gan­ise Pak­istan Day

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan Day was or­ga­nized by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion ( HEC) and Cam­pus France in Paris on Wed­nes­day. The aim was to bring French in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing closer to Pak­istani uni­ver­si­ties to en­hance col­lab­o­ra­tion for de­vel­op­ing hu­man re­source and strength­en­ing re­search in Pak­istan’s in­sti­tu­tions, said a news re­lease.

Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chair­man HEC was the chief guest on the oc­ca­sion while rep­re­sen­ta­tives from over 30 uni­ver­si­ties of France par­tic­i­pated in the event that was also at­tended by Ghalib Iqbal, Am­bas­sador of Pak­istan to France and Ms Mar­tine Do­rance, Am­bas­sador of France to Pak­istan.

The par­tic­i­pants dis­cussed is­sues re­lated to bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in higher ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly iden­ti­fy­ing ar­eas where Pak­istani uni­ver­si­ties and aca­demics could ben­e­fit from French in­sti­tu­tions as well as pin­point com­mon dis­ci­plines for joint re­search projects.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed ap­pre­ci­ated the French Govern­ment and higher ed­u­ca­tion in- sti­tu­tions for aca­demic col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pak­istan in the shape of doc­toral and post­doc­toral op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“France is pro­vid­ing a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to Pak­istani schol­ars and stu­dents. Both the coun­tries are col­lab­o­rat­ing in higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor but this needs to be en­hanced and the best way is in­sti­tu­tion toi nsti­tu­tion joint ini­tia­tives and HEC is ready to pro­vide all pos­si­ble sup­port for this pur­pose.”

The Chair­man also re­ferred to plan of set­ting up a French univer­sity in Pak­istan. “France has re­mark­able achieve­ment in in­dus­trial growth and HEC would like to launch in­dus­trial- based re­search projects with France so that Pak­istan could also ef­fi­ciently cope with its in­dus­trial chal­lenges,” he added.

He also high­lighted the con­cept of US- Pak­istan Knowl­edge Cor­ri­dor and hoped that a sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive may be taken be­tween Pak­istan and France. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives of French in­sti­tu­tions where Pak­istani schol­ars are study­ing ap­pre­ci­ated com­pe­tence and hard work of Pak­istani stu­dents.—

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