156 PhD scholars from the top 200 universities in the globe received six-month research fellowships from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, at the 53rd award ceremony for the International Research Support Initiative Programme (IRSIP).
HEC has so far given out 6,545 grants under IRSIP, which represent 79 universities in Pakistan. Six of the current grantees will attend one of the top 10 universities in the world, 44 will attend one of the top 50 colleges, and 71 will attend one of the top 100 universities in the world.
The ceremony’s principal guest was Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, who was joined by Vice Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, faculty members, IRSIP specialists and reviewers, supervisors, alumni and awards, parents, and Director General (Human Research Development Division) HEC Aayesha Ikram. Project Director (HRD) Jehanzeb Khan gave a pre-departure instruction at the beginning of the event.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed stressed the value of research and training possibilities for PhD students at cutting-edge research facilities of reputable universities abroad in his remarks. The initiative, he claimed, “helps raise the caliber of doctoral research being carried out in Pakistan.”
The Chairman praised the government for emphasizing higher education despite financial restrictions and gave the scholars advice to take advantage of the chance, develop their abilities, learn work ethics, devote themselves to, and concentrate on, their work in order to produce results for Pakistan. He said that HEC is dedicated to helping young people acquire the best opportunities for higher education, research, and training so they are prepared to make admirable contributions to the socioeconomic growth of the nation. International research fellowships,
On behalf of HEC, Director General Aayesha Ikram congratulated the scholars.
Quaid-e-Azam University(QAU) lecturer Dr. Rubab Zehra discussed her experience as an IRSIP reviewer. The IRSIP selection process, she claimed, is rigorous and merit-based, but it is not intended to discourage anyone because failures help people recognize they need to do better. She claimed that by sending 157 scholars overseas, Pakistan will receive an equal number of experiences in return.
The goals of IRSIP are to promote Pakistani and foreign institutions’ connections, boost research quality and workforce capacities, and build a critical mass of highly skilled workers who could aid in Pakistan’s development. As IRSIP scholars do research in prestigious universities around the world, including the United Kingdom, HEC is showcasing Pakistani brilliance abroad.
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