5 Pak varsities to get EU research grant

STAFF REPORT IBD: Five Pakistani universities have been selected for award of research grant under the Erasmus Mundus STRoNG TiES (Strengthening Training and Research through Networking and Globalisation of Teaching in Engineering Studies), a project under the Erasmus Mundus Programme supported and funded by the European Union.

According to details, these universities include Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad, University of Punjab, Lahore and LUMS.

The main disciplines covered under the programme include science, technology, engineering and mathematics with special emphasis over electrical and electronics engineering; information and communication technology; photonics; biomedical engineering; computer engineering; energy and power systems; informatics and; telecommunication engineering.

Under Erasmus Mundus STRoNG TiES Programme, forty-three (43) researchers submitted their individual research proposals from Pakistani universities in November 2012 and won the award. The programme is implemented under the facilitation of the HEC.

It is to be mentioned here that HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R. Laghari was invited by the European Union Science Forum last year to deliver a keynote address at the EU Parliament. During his visit, he was informed about both research grants and scholarships, which later encouraged the Pakistani universities to apply for the EU research grant.

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