As part of the Allama Iqbal Scholarship Programme, Pakistan is offering scholarships to 1,000 Afghan students.
Pakistan envoy to Kabul Zahid Nasrullah Khan attended the event for the scholarship programme. The Higher Education Commission Pakistan has given the grant. The aim of the grant is to promote education in Afghanistan along with helping the children from poor backgrounds to get an education.
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The students that have been selected will be able to pursue higher education in various universities all across Pakistan in different fields including medicine, engineering, agriculture, management, and computer science.
Earlier in June 2019, around 3,000 scholarships were awarded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan to the Afghan students under a four-year program. The Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said that these scholarships will be offered in phases. Every year students of various categories will be able to benefit from the programme.
The special assistant said, “In the first phase, around 795 Afghan students would visit the country this year for studies.”
The aim of programmes is to not just help the Afghan children acquire education but also to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan by enhancing people-to-people contacts between the two neighboring countries.
The objectives of this program are clear, to sponsor the Afghan students for quality education, develop professional linkages between the sister institutions of the two countries, promote human resource development for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, develop people to people contacts between the two neighboring countries, and provide an opportunity to Pak universities to attract students from neighboring countries.