Minister Fawad Chaudhary announces scholarships worth Rs. 12 billion in 2020

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary has said that in 2020, the government will award scholarships worth Rs. 12 billion.

Addressing the participants of the Global Development Workshops, organized by the UK-Pakistan Science Innovation Global Network (UPSIGN), a UK-based charity, the minister said that more than 70 experts and scientists have arrived in Pakistan to take part in the workshop.

The UK Research Institute Lead Professor Dr Nicola said that UKRI is hyped to work in collaboration with Pakistan to address challenges aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She said that £1.5 billion have been allocated by the UKRI for research in partnership with low and middle-income countries.

“UKRI is excited to work in Pakistan, to address challenges aligned to the UN-SDGs, indeed, UKRI has allocated a total of £1.5b for research in partnership with low and middle-income countries to address such challenges through its Global Challenges Research Fund”, UKRI Lead Prof Nicola said.

‘’UKRI is investing up to 200,000 GBP on these workshops”, said Rector COMSATS University Islamabad Prof Dr Raheel Qamar.

He admired the efforts of the organizers and said that Pakistan is grateful to UPSIGN charitable network and UKRI for bringing such skilled researchers to Pakistan.

“I’m very proud of the UPSIGN team’s efforts to volunteer their time and proactively facilitate British and other scientists to partner with each other for the mutual benefit of the UK, Pakistan and the SE Asia Region”, said Chairman of UPSIGN Network Prof Jawwad Darr.

Co-founder of UPSIGN Dr Khalid Mahmood said that this was an exciting time where top universities and institutions were participating in the workshops. Researchers have been invited from over 30 UK universities and research institutions to take part in the workshop.

These workshops will open doors to new academic relationships and develop a new network of scientists and researchers.

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