Pakistan to send 10,000 scholars to US for PhD studies

The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan will send 10,000 scholars to the United States for PhD studies from next year in critical areas of agriculture and food security, medical and allied health sciences, energy, water, climate change, and advanced digital technology, among others, reports Dunya News.

Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Professor Ahsan Iqbal emphasised the need to finalise a new roadmap for the Higher Education Commission, or HEC, that should be aligned with the Vision 2025 HEC roadmap. He was speaking during a video conference on the Pakistan-US Knowledge Corridor held with vice-chancellors of universities from across the country.

The Pakistan-US Knowledge Corridor was conceptualised in June 2015 as a product of a US-Pakistan Education, Science and Technology working group. The government of Pakistan envisions enhancing enrolment in tertiary education up to 5 million by 2025 and outreach of higher education institutions at district level. At this stage, the universities are facing a shortage of 30,000 PhD-qualified faculty members.
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