Higher Education Commission Awards Six-Month Fellowship to PhD Scholars

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The Higher Education Commission (HEC) held a ceremony at the HEC Secretariat to award a six-month fellowship opportunity to 165 Pakistani Ph.D. scholars under the International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP). The chairman of the HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, was the chief guest at the event.

Enhancing Doctoral Research and Introducing Pakistani Talent Globally

The IRSIP program was established with the aim of enhancing the quality of doctoral research, providing training opportunities at advanced labs of prestigious institutes, and introducing Pakistani talent globally. The HEC has distributed a total of 3,199 awards under IRSIP thus far.

Breakdown of Awards by Field

Out of all the fellowships awarded, 966 were given in the field of Biological and Medical Sciences, 831 in Physical Sciences, 576 in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, 471 in Social Sciences, 269 in Engineering and Technology, and 86 in Management Sciences.

Chairman’s Remarks

During his address, the Chairman of HEC stated that the project was created during the early years of HEC’s establishment with the goal of providing dynamic research opportunities to students so they can make bright careers and serve the country. He urged the students to make the most of this opportunity, which was provided with a lot of investment at a time when the country is facing a severe dollar shortage. He requested them to remember Pakistan for facilitating them.

Gender Ratio of Awardees

The Executive Director of HEC shared that the gender ratio of the awardees is very heartening, with 47% of the awardees being female scholars and 53% being male.

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