On Monday, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, the chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), announced that the fifth batch of Allama Iqbal Scholarships would begin receiving applications on February 24 in Sri Lanka at the Pakistan Higher Education Expo.
He highlighted this during a welcoming ceremony conducted in honor of Sri Lankan students studying in Pakistani universities under the Allama Iqbal Scholarships for Sri Lankan Students. He said that Sri Lankan students who wish to study in Pakistan under this scholarship program will be able to apply online.
Governor of Sindh Muhammad Kamran Khan Tessori attended the ceremony, which was conducted at the Governor House in Sindh.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, is carrying out the Pak-Sri Lanka Higher Education Collaboration Plan, which includes the Allama Iqbal Scholarships for Sri Lankan Students.
The HEC Chairman spoke at the event and announced that HEC is giving 1,000 scholarships to Sri Lankan students.
He said that major Pakistani colleges had already given out 350 fully financed scholarships to Sri Lankan students.
Tessori discussed the significance of the bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in his speech to the students.
He asked the universities to offer all possible amenities to students from other countries.
He counseled the students to become familiar with the languages and cultures of Pakistan and to bring fond memories of that country back with them.
The Sri Lankan consul general in Pakistan commended the government for providing Sri Lankan students with robust support.
He also appreciated the efforts made by the Pakistani government to preserve the Gandharan and Buddhist cultures there. He also emphasized the key aspects of the positive bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Dr. Syed Saif ur Rehman, principal secretary to the governor of Sindh, also provided his thoughts on the matter. Vice Chancellors of Sindh universities and the Consul General of Sri Lanka were present during the occasion.