Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and David Hale, Ambassador of the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Commission Secretariat, for the seventh phase of Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Programme.
Pakistan Signs MoU with US for Science and Technology Cooperation
Engr. Baligh-ur-Rehman, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Vice Chancellors, Rectors, and Presidents of difference universities were also present on the occasion.
Engr. Baligh-ur-Rehman appreciated the US Government for its educational cooperation with Pakistan and said that
The 7th phase of the programme will bring about valuable innovative researches in critical areas. The joint collaboration will promote research activities in Pakistani universities and will benefit the society as a whole.
The Minister added:
Pakistani students are benefitting from the schemes launched by the Prime Minister, including Fee Reimbursement Scheme and Laptop Scheme. Lauding HEC’s performance. HEC has prepared a master plan for research universities, thousands of students are making their career with the support of HEC through its different programmes.
The Ambassador said:
“The benefits to us all in developing our education, knowledge, skills, and human capacity are immeasurable, the increase in funding from both the United States and Pakistan demonstrates the level of importance we both place on investing in science and technology.”
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that
Pakistan and the United States have a long history of partnership in education and research, and this agreement shows our commitment to continue that partnership for many years to come. Pakistani researchers are making significant contributions to the scientific community both nationally and internationally.
The MoU will provide more than $8 million in joint funding for high-level collaborative research in science and technology, with a new focus on health and other fields such as water, energy, and information technology.