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British high commission holds Chevening scholarships debate at ICCI September 06, 2013
Meeting at ICCI
 
The British High Commission in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) organized a presentation on the British Chevening Scholarship Programme to raise awareness of the Programme amongst future leaders in Pakistan, including the business community. 
 
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Jonathan Williams, Press Attaché and Head of Chevening Pakistan and Mrs. Shahla Qayyum, Deputy Head of Chevening Pakistan highlighted the history, objectives and benefits of the programme and termed it a dynamic, professional development opportunity, designed to identify and support the next generation of leaders from across the globe including Pakistan.  
 
They also encouraged prospective applicants to apply. The window of applications for the 2014/15 academic year opened on 01 September 2013.  Applications can be made online at www.chevening.org/Pakistan with closing date up to 15 November 2013. Mr. Jonathan Williams said that the Chevening scholarships offer the potential future leaders of Pakistan the opportunity to study for a post-graduate qualification in the UK. Students in the UK would benefit not only from our world class universities but also from our dynamic, vibrant and multicultural society. 
 
He said as we celebrate 30th Anniversary of the Chevening Scholarships this year; the programme has produced over 42000 scholars to date globally which also includes 1200 Pakistani nationals from various disciplines, including the business, trade and industry. He said the Chevening alumni are making important contribution towards Pakistan’s development. This demonstrates that Chevening not only brings immediate benefits for individual scholars but also long-term benefits for both Pakistan and the UK. This is just one sign of the strong bilateral relationship between our two countries.
 
Chevening Scholars including Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik, Federal Additional Secretary for National Tariff Commission Mr. Muhammad Nabeel Afzal, Deputy Commissioner, Inland Revenue, Regional Tax Office, Islamabad, shared their respective experiences of studying in the UK with potential Chevening applicants. 
 
In his welcome address, Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) thanked the British High Commission for organizing the presentation and encouraged ICCI members to apply for the scholarship programme as part of their personal and professional development.
 
He appreciated the role of British Government for cooperating with Pakistan in education sector and thus indirectly contributing significantly in the economic development of Pakistan. He hoped that this cooperation will continue in future, which will further strengthen bilateral relations between UK and Pakistan. 
 
He said British society provides equal opportunities to all due to which many Pakistanis have earned great name in business, education and even politics in UK. The current Governor Punjab also achieved great success in business in UK and now he is committed to promote education in Pakistan as well as bring the two countries further.
 
He termed the closure of British Council in Pakistan unfortunate, but said it was good news that during the meeting between Mian Nawaz Sharif and David Cameron, both leaders vowed to restore British Council in Pakistan. He also appreciated the support of UK for grant of EU GSP plus to Pakistan and hoped that it would create 1-million jobs in Pakistan.