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Team of Chevening Scholarship Program meets LCCI President

Lahore, October 28, 2014 (PPI-OT): Chevening Scholarship is one of the best methods of care and concern for the people of Pakistan by the UK Government. Pakistan is a Chevening eligible country and many of our people have benefited from it.

These views were expressed by the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz while talking to a team of Chevening Scholarship Program led by the Head of Chevening Scholarship Pakistan, British High Commission Jonathan Williams.

LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Nauman Kabir, Deputy Head of Chevening Scholarships, British High Commission Shehla Qayyum, Head of Chevening Program for Pakistan and Chevening Secretariat UK Haresh Lokhun and Executive Committee Members also spoke on the occasion.

LCCI President said that granting this scholarship to educate the people is the most important example of the interest which UK government takes in spreading education worldwide. He said that the increase in the number of these scholarships is an admirable idea. This year around 70 scholarships are available to Pakistani students, which is a large number.

He said that today the motive of holding this meeting is to raise awareness among those potential candidates who are interested to upgrade themselves with higher education at mid-career level
Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that businessmen are backbone of the economy of every country. Lahore Chamber believes in educating our businessmen on all levels.

He said that whether they are industrialists, traders or small shopkeepers, imparting proper education and guidance makes a huge difference in the overall performance of the businesses. LCCI encourages our business community to not only educate themselves but also to educate their families.

LCCI president said that that Pakistan has brilliant young brains but due to financial constraints, most of them cannot afford to study in leading institutions. He suggested that this scholarship should be targeted towards the middle class of our country so that the financially humble masses can benefit and a special quota should be given to the people with special needs as well.

“Getting a good scholarship can be challenging, and even frustrating. However, the rewards of getting the scholarship are worth the challenges”, he added. In his address, Head of Chevening Scholarship Pakistan, British High Commission Jonathan Williams said that Chevening Scholarships are awarded to talented professionals who are potential future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers.

He said that the scholarships offer financial support to study for a Master’s degree at one of the UK’s leading universities, and the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network.

He said that Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations. He said that the programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

Jonathan William said that the Chevening programme was established in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. He said that Chevening Scholars come from more than 150 countries and territories worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support more than 1500 individuals.

There are over 43,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network. The programme provides full or partial funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university.

For more information, contact:
Shahid Khalil
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-222-499
Fax: +92-42-6368854

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