Education plays a key role in growth of a country. To ensure development of the nation, a network of good educational institutions with qualified and well informed staff is needed. So that their institutions become competent of producing students/researchers who can effectively handle the versatile nature of work required to build a nation. Government has badly felt that need and while assessing the requirements of the newly established public sector Universities established at remote areas, Chairman ECNEC and Chairman HEC stressed at the development of a scholarship scheme particularly designed for the uplift of these public sector institutions, so as to bring them at par with other universities and to fulfill Government promise of providing quality education for all.
The university & college faculty and R&D manpower development Programme is an integral part of the strategies and initiative of the current ten-year’s perspective plan as well as in conformity with the goals of Education Sector Reforms (ESR) Action Plan 2001-05 . In the perspective plan, Human Resource Development is at the top amongst the few priority areas having socio-economic impact and cost-effectiveness. Promotion of Engineering, Natural and Basic Sciences in the country and inclusion of at least five Pakistani universities, among the top 50 Asians Institutions are few of the goals of the perspective plan 2001- 2011. These targets can strategically be achieved not only by inducting young, high quality scientist and technologist. This will also assist in transfer of technology and selective hiring of international services wherever required.
The Scheme envisages Master/MPhil level training of 400-450 candidates and PhD level training of 240-265 candidates depending on tuition fee at US Universities. Scholarships would be awarded mainly in Engineering, Medicine, Science & Technology and some in other fields.
The objectives of the scheme are:
The target groups for the Fellowship Awards under this Programme would be those fulfilling the following basic eligibility criteria:
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