Pak, France agree to en­hance re­search ties

HEC Chair­man vis­its French Senate

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—A del­e­ga­tion of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (HEC) led by Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chair­man HEC vis­ited the Senate of France in Paris. Sen­a­tor Françoise Cartron who is also the Mayor of Ar­tigues-près-Bordeaux and Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Aquitaine Re­gional Coun­cil re­ceived them. She was ac­com­pa­nied by Sen­a­tor Pas­cal Al­lizard, says a mes­sage re­ceived here from Paris.

Sen­a­tor Cartron and Sen­a­tor Al­lizard were part of French Sen­a­tor’s del­e­ga­tion that vis­ited Pak­istan in April this year to dis­cuss is­sues re­lated to bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in higher ed­u­ca­tion. It was agreed then that both Pak­istan and France have a strong ba­sis of col­lab­o­ra­tion, which should be fur­ther ex­panded.

Wel­com­ing the HEC team, Sen­a­tor Cartron briefed them about the his­tory of French Senate known as ‘Palais du Senate’, which is housed in the for­mer palace. HEC team took a round of the build­ing. The Chair­man greatly ad­mired the ar­chi­tec­ture adding that a lot can be learned from the French her­itage.

Talk­ing to the del­e­ga­tion, Sen­a­tor Cartron high-lighted the sig­nif­i­cance of ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture in de­vel­op­ment of so­ci­eties and how col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween coun­tries in these ar­eas ben­e­fits na­tions at large.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed ap­pre­ci­ated the in­ter­est shown by the French Govern­ment for col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pak­istan in dif­fer­ent fields, par­tic­u­larly higher ed­u­ca­tion. Both sides agreed that co­op­er­a­tion in higher ed­u­ca­tion and re­search need to be fur­ther strength­ened.

The Chair­man re­it­er­ated the fact that Pak­istani in­sti­tu­tions can learn a lot from French in­sti­tu­tions in their re­spec­tive ar­eas. ‘Though your coun­try has pro­vided re­mark­able sup­port in our fac­ulty de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes but scope of our col­lab­o­ra­tion has to be strength­ened at in­sti­tu­tional level,’ he said.

He in­formed the Se­na­tors that 400 schol­ars have com­pleted their doc­toral stud­ies from France while many oth­ers are pur­su­ing it in var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions across France. He also men­tioned dif­fer­ent HEC ini­tia­tives for trans­for­ma­tion of uni­ver­si­ties and fa­cil­i­tat­ing fac­ulty, stu­dents, and re­search schol­ars. —Agen­cies

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