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Pakistani scholars and researchers returning from abroad are most valuable asset: Minister Ahsan Iqbal

Islamabad, April 23, 2014 (PPI-OT): “We are looking forward to enhance collaboration with USEFP and other scholarship funding agencies in Pakistan to take full advantage of the capabilities of scholarship recipients after their completion of studies through their engagement with Public sector Institutions to implement their knowledge into action. ” said Federal Minister for planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, while talking to Ms. Rita Bruun Akhtar, Executive Director, US Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), who called on Minister today.

“National Research Agenda Conference is being organized in collaboration with HEC which prepare a National Research Agenda for Pakistan for next decade. The purpose of the conference is to set a direction for researchers to ensure that there is a greater impact on development of the country.” said Federal Minister, “Pakistan Vision 2025 identifies priority areas for research and development which is in line with the available resources and milieu in Pakistan.”

Federal Minister further said, “The government is focusing on Higher Education, Science and Technology to become drivers of our growth”. He said, “Fulbright scholars returning to Pakistan shall be engaged with policy making and execution so that their knowledge is utilized in national development.”

Ms Rita Bruun appreciated the long term plans of the government and steps taken in this regard. She informed the Minister that more than 3000 Pakistanis have been awarded scholarships through twelve different programs of USEFP.

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