France announces grant of Rs40 million to support 200 scholarships programme for needy university students

Islamabad, December 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): Government of France through its Embassy in Pakistan has announced the grant of Rs40 million to support a 200 scholarships programme for needy university students at undergraduate and graduate level.

This is the second phase of the programme that has already been financed in 2012 by the French government. In close collaboration with the Higher Education Commission and 10 Pakistani universities, these scholarships will be granted to the meritorious but unprivileged students. A particular attention will be given to gender balance, in order to facilitate women’s access to high education.

His Excellency Mr. Philippe Thiébaud, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, organized the launching of the 2013 Needs based Scholarship programme on Friday 20th Dec 2013 at 12 noon at the French Embassy in Islamabad in presence of the HEC Chairperson, the Vice Chancellors of the participating universities, selected students of previous program funded by the French Government.

These scholarships will be offered in the fields of Social and Basic Sciences, Architecture, Information Technology, Telecom and Business administration. The participating universities are: Quaid-E-Azam University-Islamabad, COMSATS Institute of Technology-Islamabad, Lahore College for Women University-Lahore, Forman Christian College-Lahore,Institute of Business Administration, IBA-Karachi, University of Peshawar-Peshawar, Institute of Business and Management-Karachi, University of Haripur-Haripur Hazara, Frontier Women University-Peshawar and Qaraquram International University-Gilgat Baltistan. This grant will definitely work a long way to strengthen the close bilateral ties between the people of Pakistan and France.

For more information, contact:
Aqeel Hussain SYED
French Embassy in Pakistan
French Embassy – Diplomatic Enclave G5 – GPO
Box 1068 Islamabad
Telephone: 00 92 51 201 14 14
Fax: 201 14 80 / 201 14 00
Website: www.ambafrance-pk.org

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