Pakistan to offer more scholarships for Sri Lankan students

Pakistan is to offer more scholarships for Sri Lankan students, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today.

The High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Major General (Retd.) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, called on Minister for City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, Rauff Hakeem, at the Ministry premises.

During the meeting, bilateral relations and areas of mutual interest and cooperation were discussed.

The High Commissioner informed the Minister about the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Programme under which numerous scholarships will be provided to Sri Lankan students in various fields.

He apprised the Minister about prospects of establishing the Taxila Gandhara Civilization Study Centre at the University of Colombo.

The High Commissioner also informed the Minister that, with the view to highlight the Gandhara Heritage and cultural links between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the High Commission of Pakistan will be organizing an international seminar in collaboration with the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka in March this year.

Minister for City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, Rauff Hakeem lauded the efforts of the High Commission and the Government of Pakistan for providing enormous opportunities to Sri Lankan youth for capacity building. (Colombo Gazette)

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