Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday approved 300 scholarships worth Rs3 billion for study in foreign universities for students and faculty members of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. A notification issued in this regard said the decision was meant to facilitate growth in the agricultural sector in the country.
UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan praised the decision and said that scholars trained in latest techniques during their stay at foreign universities would help in improving per acre production at farms across the country.
He was speaking to a gathering of the faculty of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry.
He said the country needed scientists equipped with skills to tackle food security issues that would arise in the coming days. He said the university had earlier been awarded 100 scholarships. The move, he said, had helped increase per acre production in the country. Besides, he said, the Higher Education Commission and the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council had separately given 500 and 200 scholarships to the university.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2012.