HEC facilitates more than 1600 Local PhD Scholars | Pakistan Today

HEC facilitates more than 1600 Local PhD Scholars

Under International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP), Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has awarded 1647 scholarships to PhD scholars, studying in higher education institutions of Pakistan, for undertaking research at top ranking universities of 37 academically advanced countries.
These foreign scholarships have been awarded in all the major disciplines including physical sciences, agriculture & veterinary sciences, biological & medical sciences, social sciences, management sciences and engineering. It was informed during the 22nd meeting of IRSIP award committee which was presided over by the Executive Director HEC, Prof. Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi.
The meeting was apprised that through this innovative program, HEC is offering six month research fellowship abroad to full time PhD students enrolled in Pakistan to enhance their research capabilities. This is possible if candidates are provided with adequate support in research projects. It is of utmost importance that the doctoral studies carried out in Pakistan are of a standard that is at par with any international reputed institution. The indigenous PhD students sometimes face problems in research due to paucity of resources therefore the scheme is helping to provide doctoral students exposure internationally so they could carry out research projects of high standard.
The scheme is also assisting ongoing Indigenous PhD programs by providing a mechanism for PhD scholars to travel abroad and conduct research in academically advanced countries and providing exposure which will enhance the quality of research that they will be conducting in Pakistan.
The program has also been greatly helpful to develop academic linkages between Pakistani and leading foreign institutions. The fellowship package covers travel, bench fee and living expenditure.
As an outcome of this program, the number of international research publications by Pakistani scholars has been increased from 304 to 662 with 117% increase while the number of local publications has also been increased from 380 to 552 with 45% increase.
The Executive Director HEC and participants of the meeting appreciated the outcome of the program and termed it as flagship program of the HEC.
The establishment of the HEC in September 2002 has heralded a revolution in higher education in Pakistan; The HEC has accomplished more in nine years since its establishment than was achieved in the first 55 years of Pakistan’s existence. In Pakistan, under the HEC, in addition to quality reforms, there has been a strong resurgence of research and innovation. In particular, there is a significant growth in the number of PhDs awarded out of Pakistani universities. As a result of phenomenal increase in research publications, the world share of Pakistan’s research has gone up by 300 percent in the last five years.

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