The third phase of the Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarships Program for Afghan citizens has been inaugurated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), according to caretaker Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Madad Ali Sindhi, who made the announcement on Thursday.
According to him, 4,500 scholarships to study at highly regarded Pakistani universities will be given to Afghan students over the course of three years under this new phase.
At the HEC Secretariat, he spoke as the chief guest at the graduation ceremony for 281 Afghan students who had finished Phase II of the program.
The students obtained their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in a variety of fields, including computer science, engineering, medicine, agriculture, and management, from 25 universities located around Pakistan.
Through the Scholarship Project’s first two phases, scholarships have been given to up to 6000 Afghan students. The minister underlined that a new chapter in their lives is beginning at this very moment.
When they got back to Afghanistan, he wanted them to take on more responsibilities. He asked them to recognize the problems Afghanistan has and use their intelligence to find answers.
He underlined how important it is to increase Afghan faculty and student ability. Additionally, he recognized the critical role that HEC plays in giving Afghan students access to higher education in Pakistan through scholarships.
Chairman of the HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, praised the students’ efforts and hard work while congratulating them on their accomplishments in his welcoming speech.
In particular, he expressed gratitude to the Afghan students who placed first in their various degree programs and recognized all of the students for persevering through many difficulties.
He referred to Pakistan and Afghanistan as brothers and underlined Pakistan’s responsibility to support and assist its neighbor, Afghanistan, given their close relationship.
He encouraged the students, whom he praised for their intelligence and diligence, to regard themselves as Pakistani ambassadors and as agents of change and success for their nation.
In addition, the chairman emphasized the value of networking for professional advancement, urged the students to realize their full potential, and emphasized that Pakistan is their second home.
He emphasized that Afghanistan is a country that deserves to grow and develop and that the students in attendance are essential to this process.
He praised the Vice Chancellors for creating an atmosphere that develops intelligent minds, preparing them to make valuable contributions to their country when they return.
Speaking on the occasion, Asif Durrani, Special Representative on Afghanistan for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, considered the historical significance of the numerous Afghan graduates who explored possibilities for higher study in Pakistan.