The government of Japan has extended a grant of Japanese Yen 313 million (approximately $2.3 million) to the government of Pakistan for the Human Resource Development Scholarship Project for the fiscal year 2022.
A signing ceremony was held today at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, at which the Economic Affairs Division Secretary Mian Asad Hayaud Din and Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Japan in Islamabad Ishii Kensuke signed the Exchange of Notes and Record of Discussions.
A Grant Agreement was signed by the Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Kinoshita Yasumitsu, and EAD Joint Secretary Adil Akbar Khan, which outlines the details of the project’s implementation.
Through this scholarship, the government of Japan will provide 17 scholarships for Master’s Degree programs for two years and 1 scholarship for a Doctoral program for three years to officers of the federal government at top Japanese universities.
The Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) fellowship program was introduced in Pakistan in 2018. To date, four batches of fellows have benefited from the scholarship. The primary goals of the JDS are to bolster the administrative capacities of the Pakistani government by providing capable officials with the opportunity to earn a master’ and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. This, in turn, should contribute to the social and economic development of Pakistan.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs Secretary expressed appreciation for the support of the government and people of Japan and assured them of extending all necessary facilitation for more meaningful cooperation between the two sides in the future.