Islamabad, October 04, 2012 (PPI-OT): Ms. Ursula Saarbeck, Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Center, Islamabad, called on Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro at his office on October 3, 2012.
Both the sides discussed ways and means to enhance collaboration between PSF and DAAD as well as funding opportunities for international students, graduates, PhD students, young and senior researchers.
Dr. Soomro told the DAAD Director that PSF was established in 1973 through an act of National Assembly and is working under the Ministry of Science and Technology. It is a premier agency for the promotion and funding of scientific research and popularization of science in Pakistan, he said.
The Chairman said PSF undertakes a number of science popularization activities including science caravans (mobile science exhibitions), establishment of science centers, museums, herbaria and planetaria, strengthening of the laboratories of the government high schools in rural areas, organization of science and technology fairs and expos, preparation and distribution of science posters for schools, organizing science poster, essay and quiz competitions, holding popular science lectures, donation of popular science magazines and scientific books to schools, universities and research and development organizations and teacher training workshops on inquiry based science education.
The DAAD Director said funding for research in Germany has been made easy. She said Germany offers a broad spectrum of research opportunities at hundreds of university and non-university research institutes with close links to industry. Ms. Saarbeck said Pakistani researchers can collaborate with German researchers and renowned scientists from different countries on first-class research projects.
She said DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) supports the international exchange of students, academics and researchers. It is a registered association whose members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies, the Director said, adding, DAAD encourages outstanding students and academics from abroad to study or conduct research in Germany. She said DAAD achieves this objective with over 250 programmes which are largely funded by the Federal Government.
She said the German Research Funding Organizations include Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Stiftung Foundation), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Research Foundation (DFG), Helmholtz Association, International Bureau of the BMBF, Leibniz Association and Max Planck Society (MPG) etc.
Both the dignitaries agreed that they would arrange information dissemination programmes so that maximum number of Pakistani students and research scholars could benefit from German Funding Programmes for Scientists and Researchers.
Ms. Ursula Saarbeck, Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Center, Islamabad, meets PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro at his office.
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