French scholarships: A chance for bright students to live their dreams

Published: December 21, 2013
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An official of the HEC is the document while French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud and HEC acting Chairperson Syed Imtiaz H Gilani look on. PHOTO: EXPRESS

An official of the HEC is the document while French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud and HEC acting Chairperson Syed Imtiaz H Gilani look on. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: 

While almost all Pakistani universities have failed to make it to the top on global listings, attending a good university abroad is a dream for most Pakistani students due to financial constraints.

Two days after another European country announced scholarship for Pakistani students, the French embassy too followed suit by announcing its second round of scholarships to the tune of Rs40 million for needy and deserving students from 10 Pakistani universities.

The scholarships would be awarded to around 200 graduate and undergraduate students in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

“Our scholarship programme hopes to engender cooperation not just with the students but also with their families and immediate communities,” said French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud, while speaking at a MoU-signing ceremony here on Friday.

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The envoy feels the scholarships will empower both men and women and will encourage gender balance, and bring both the countries closer.

“Those in Pakistani tribal and borders areas need to be educated. Otherwise, they cannot be blamed for choosing a wrong path,” said HEC acting Chairperson Syed Imtiaz H Gilani, who feels that western countries should continue to invest in education within Pakistan for future security and stability.

“I say bombard us with books, with scholarships and schools,” Gilani maintained while adding that such investments had the potential to bring more people to classrooms and that it is the right time to push the agenda forward and save the nation from becoming toothless against extremism and obscurantism.

Within the rugged and antagonistic terrain of Turbat in Balochistan, 20-year-old Ahmed Munir once dreamt of being an ethnographer, dusting off the vestiges of his rich cultural heritage to preserve it. His dream has indeed come true as he is studying the one at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad under the need-based scholarship programme.

Thirty-year-old Madiha Ejaz is pursuing an MBA at the Institute of Business Management in Karachi and resonates with gratitude at receiving one of the 200 scholarships offered last year.

Her mentor and senior manager of the institute, MW Jahangir, describing the revolutionary change that such assistance can bring said “It does something for their character.

“Madiha will now have more job opportunities, greater options in choosing the right partner and will be able to nurture her children better.”

Assistant registrar for admissions at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women’s University Peshawar Hina Tariq has a similar testimony. With over 5000 female students hailing mostly from underprivileged and insular backgrounds, the possibilities created through scholarships are invariably a positive force of change within them.

“We have students who attend college in the day time and work as domestic helpers in the evenings,” she shared, in a bid to explain the level of their commitment to education. “At Swabi campus, we have students who are widowed with children and embracing education at a much later stage. This is a heartening change, one that is made possible through greater funding and investment.”

The scholarship would be given in the fields of social and basic sciences, architecture, information technology, telecom and business administration  for the students studying in universities including the Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, the COMSATS Institute of Technology Islamabad, the Lahore College for Women University Lahore, the Forman Christian College Lahore, the Institute of Business Administration Karachi, the University of Peshawar, the Institute of Business and Management Karachi, the University of Haripur, the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women’s University Peshawar and the Karakoram International University Gilgit-Baltistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Dec 21, 2013 - 11:13AM

    Why Not Sukkur IBA? 3rd best business school in pakistan

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  • Dec 21, 2013 - 11:15AM

    Sukkur IBA deserves to be in the list of Institutes that will be given french scholarships.

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  • Anon
    Dec 21, 2013 - 11:51AM

    It seems Pakistan is on a scholarship spree, first Germany and now France, what next China….?

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  • shah
    Dec 21, 2013 - 12:23PM

    Thank you France.

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  • DILDAR ALI
    Dec 21, 2013 - 12:56PM

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    Where is the list of selected
    Universities?

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  • paki Liberal
    Dec 21, 2013 - 1:30PM

    Where is Muslim Ummah??

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  • Ali
    Dec 21, 2013 - 2:05PM

    The article does not mention how to apply for this scholarship so it would be great if you let the students know how to apply for it.
    Thank you.

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  • Dec 21, 2013 - 3:49PM

    why Fuuast Ignored? :(Recommend

  • chandio
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:26PM

    this offer cover whole universities in pakistan public and private both
    why not SZABIST ??

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  • chandio
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:28PM

    why not SZABIST ???Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2013 - 4:32PM

    why not SZABIST ??

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  • naushad jan
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:53PM

    why not islamia college university peshawar???????

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  • Farhan
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:03PM

    This is awesome. Thank you France, Pakistan is grateful to you!

    Please take more students from KPK and especially from Balochistan, we want to know/share more with students from Balochistan. University education is very important for a young mind.

    I hope more EU countries will want to do the same, HEC please help them.

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  • maqbool a.soomro
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:30PM

    why not encourage the universities pertaining to sindhis majority like uninersity of sindh Jamshoro,IBA sukkur, shah latif university Kharpur…

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  • XYZ
    Dec 21, 2013 - 6:17PM

    atleast one medical university should have been on board

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  • Adnan Hyder Wadho
    Dec 21, 2013 - 8:36PM

    We have to thankful to Europian council and France for There help in growing Education in Pakistan and it is great for Poor students for preventing their poverity. But this scholarship is for only Punjab Students not For any Sindhi poor Student because all Punjab universities are established and in their universities they have many scholarships by Punjab Government but take the any university of Sindh they have less scholarships and universities of Sindh and also in Balochistan Universities they also less number of scholarship so my opinion is that to give lower class peoples scholarship and scholarship is not to be given universities but also given in school and colleges.
    “Thanks”

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  • Dec 21, 2013 - 8:55PM

    We have to thankful to Europian council and France for There help in growing Education in Pakistan and it is great for Poor students for preventing their poverity. But this scholarship is for only Punjab Students not For any Sindhi poor Student because all Punjab universities are established and in their universities they have many scholarships by Punjab Government but take the any university of Sindh they have less scholarships and universities of Sindh and also in Balochistan Universities they also less number of scholarship so my opinion is this to give lower class peoples scholarship and scholarship is not to be given universities but also given in school and colleges.
    “Thanks”

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  • Dec 21, 2013 - 8:57PM

    We have to thankful to Europian council and France for There help in growing Education in Pakistan and it is great for Poor students for preventing their poverity. But this scholarship is for only Punjab Students not For any Sindhi poor Student because all Punjab universities are established and in their universities they have many scholarships by Punjab Government but take the any university of Sindh they have less scholarships and universities of Sindh and also in Balochistan Universities they also less number of scholarship so my opinion is that to give lower class peoples scholarship and scholarship is not to be given universities but also given in school and colleges and equally distributed in all province of pakistan.
    “Thanks”

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  • muttahida
    Dec 21, 2013 - 9:30PM

    thanks HEC and france for this.I am from COMSATS,will soon apply for it.

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  • junaid ahmad siddiqui
    Dec 22, 2013 - 12:05AM

    why ignored BZU Multan.Recommend

  • saeed
    Dec 22, 2013 - 10:11AM

    This is great initiative from two European Countries for awarding scholarships. But besides this i am astonished to see that there is is no any public university from Sindh, Balouchistan and southern Punjab Province.

    It means Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi are the less privilege areas of Pakistan and hence the institutions like COMSATS, Quaid i Azam etc are deserving to be awarded with these scholarships rather than BZU Khuzdar, Balouchistan University, Shah Abdul Latif University, Sindh University etc.
    In this way we are just enhancing the upper class of our society and this is the slogan “Education NOT for all But Upper Class “

    :((((

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  • asad1130
    Dec 22, 2013 - 10:36AM

    @Ali: like all previous scholarships. it ll come through HEC advisement n GAT test.

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  • Dec 22, 2013 - 11:39AM

    Scholarships should be given to Hyderabad students.

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  • M.Ali.G
    Dec 22, 2013 - 3:34PM

    Why only the mentioned universities to get the scholarships? There are still many of needy, committed to Education and acumen students.Other students should be given the chance to set-out for what they quest.

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  • Ali tanoli
    Dec 22, 2013 - 6:50PM

    Guys take it easy its a HEC who will decide and student will go through from them and its not easy process either one gonna need big cash or property guranteer too and I know how my cousin got his during mushref time .

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  • nizar ali
    Dec 23, 2013 - 2:19PM

    happy to see the name of karakoram international university gilgit baltistan. when will be date announce to apply for this scholarship????

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  • afsar ali
    Dec 23, 2013 - 8:45PM

    Great! How and when to apply for this scholarship?

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  • MOHSIN KHAN
    Dec 23, 2013 - 10:53PM

    Whoa University of Haripur is included too….Thanks to French Govt.Recommend

  • zuhaib
    Dec 24, 2013 - 10:47AM

    some one please tell me how to apply for this scholarship…. is there any system to fill up the form or something else?

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  • Baqar
    Dec 26, 2013 - 12:53AM

    I wanna apply in LUMS how can i apply for this scholarship program

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  • zahid
    Dec 26, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Thank You for including Karakorum International University.

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  • ARMAN KOHLI
    Dec 27, 2013 - 12:50PM

    Well nice to hear about this scholarship, thanks Francs Govt and HEC Pakistan. It will be better if the give us the proper way for applying this scholarship.
    we will be greatful.

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  • Zaheer Abbas
    Dec 30, 2013 - 4:49PM

    Wow. Great. It the way through which the developed world can assist the developing world in a true sense. An opinion
    Zaheer Abbas student M. A. English (2013-2015) at Karakoram International University Skardu CampusRecommend

  • saima
    Dec 31, 2013 - 8:44PM

    when it will be announced through hec its been 10 days since it was announced?

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  • shobi khan
    Jan 3, 2014 - 11:20AM

    thanxxxxxxxx a lot 4 gvng us oppertunity.

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