Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has asked the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provide scholarships for technical and scientific subjects that meet global standards. In a meeting in Islamabad, the PM stressed the importance of aligning higher education with current economic needs.
During the meeting, attended by officials including Caretaker Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Madad Ali Sindhi, the PM was briefed on various aspects of higher education, scholarships, and universities. The HEC reported that 259 higher education institutions in the country were recognized, and the number of globally competitive universities in Pakistan had increased.
The PM was informed that over 20,000 scholarships for Ph.D. programs had been awarded by the HEC. The meeting also discussed measures to control plagiarism in the education sector and provided information on national and international scholarships.
PM Kakar directed the submission of a comprehensive report on government-funded scholarships and the removal of obstacles faced by Pakistani students abroad in receiving scholarships. He highlighted the need to extend stipends for science and engineering subjects to promote human and technical resources.
The meeting included a briefing on the collaboration strategy between academia and industry. The PM urged authorities to develop a mechanism to secure funding from the IT and pharmaceutical industries for research. He also called for a joint meeting of provincial authorities to address education-related issues.
Emphasizing the importance of providing internationally standard education for the country’s development, PM Kakar stressed the need for training programs, especially for nurses. He recognized the country’s workforce as a valuable asset and emphasized that trained manpower could contribute to the international market.
The PM was updated on HEC’s initiatives in the IT sector, such as the establishment of data centers in Lahore and Karachi, the use of advanced supercomputers, and other programs aimed at enhancing technological capabilities.