A total of 100 students from all regions of the country will be allowed to participate in the six-month Global Undergraduate (UGRAD) program this year.
A pre-departure orientation ceremony of the United States government funded programme was organised by the US Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) at a local hotel here on Thursday, where US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter spoke with the participating students.
The US Ambassador said, “We are very fortunate to have so many talented Pakistani students attending American universities through the UGRAD program. This is one example of the US government’s long-term commitment to the education of Pakistanis and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries.”
The students will attend 45 universities around the US and study in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including public policy, health, social sciences and fine arts. The students are required to return to Pakistan after completion of their bachelor’s degrees to play a positive role in the country’s economic and social development.
An engineering student from Hyderabad, Kiran Rajput commented, “I will tell the US fellows that all Pakistanis are not terrorists as conceived. We believe in promotion of peace and love and have contributed much in maintaining world peace.”
In view of the successful performance of the Pakistanis,
the US Embassy has doubled the size of the program this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2011.