Islamabad: German Scholarships for Pakistani Students have been increased to 40 and efforts are being made for further increase up to 100. With opening up of Office of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Islamabad last year, cooperation between Pakistan and Germany in the field of education has been enhanced, says a press release received here today from Berlin.
This was stated by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Germany Mr. Shahid Kamal while addressing participants of “Pakistan Evening” organized by the Pakistani Students of Rostock University in the campus last evening at Rostock. At present 32 Pakistani students have been pursuing their Doctorate and Masters Degree courses at the Rostock University. The event was largely attended by German, Pakistani and international students of the University, faculty members and representatives of Pakistan Community living in the city and its adjoining areas. Mr. Shahid Kamal informed the gathering that about 2100 Pakistani students are studying in different German Universities and out of these 350 are PhD Scholars. He said that efforts were also under way for setting up linkages between Pakistani and German Universities for research purposes in the field of Science and Technology. He appreciated the support and encouragement by Prof. Dr. Peter Langer to Pakistani students. Prof. Dr. Langer has proved himself to be a friend of Pakistan and his efforts have contributed in a big way to promote the scientific knowledge and research in the subject of Chemistry in Pakistan, Mr. Kamal added.
Prof. Dr. Peter Langer, who heads the chemistry Department of the University, in his welcome remarks, stated that 22 Pakistani students completed their PhD under his supervision in various disciplines of Organic Chemistry during the period from 2003 to 2011 and at present 10 Pakistani students were pursuing their doctorate degree under his supervision. Dr. Langer told the participants that the University was established in 1419 and it was the oldest University in the Baltic Region and 3rd oldest university in Germany. Pakistani students/researchers under his guidance have contributed more than 120 research articles/ publications in the leading international journals/magazines. These publications have enhanced Pakistan’s reputation as a country of academic talent and excellence, he added.
A video documentary on Pakistan was also shown to the audience as well as presentation introducing landscape, culture and people of Pakistan was made by the students. The hall mark of the event was a performance by a German Student of Chemistry Department who beautifully played on saxophone a blend/fusion of National Anthems of Pakistan and Germany.
Earlier, Pakistan’s Ambassador called on the Rector of the University, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schareck and exchanged views on Pak-German cooperation in the field of education. In his welcome remarks, Dr. Schareck said that Pakistani students were always encouraged to pursue their studies in this University. He expressed hope that after completion of their studies these students would contribute towards national development of their country. Mr. Shahid Kamal briefed the Rector about Pak-German relations in the field of education. He urged the need of establishing more links between universities of both the countries and enhancement of cooperation so that maximum number of students from Pakistan could get benefit from the rich experiences of German academia in the field of higher education.
Ambassador Shahid Kamal also called on the Lord Mayor of Rostock Mr. Roland Methling and exchanged views on Pakistan-German cooperation and promotion of academic and cultural links between the two countries.
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