RAWALPINDI: A two-day USAID training workshop on talent grooming and career counseling

for scholars under USAID-funded Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Programme (Phase II)

commenced at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here

on Tuesday.

The workshop is being arranged by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and USAID under

the Pakistan-USAID Merit and Need Based Scholarship Programme with the aim to improve

communication and interview skills of the graduating scholars and provide them guidance to

groom their personal and professional skills and better job searching.

A total of 55 students of MSC (Hons) Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Forestry and Range

Management including ten students from Agriculture University Peshawar are attending the


Addressing the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR said that

no nation can develop without education and advised students to work hard and contribute in

economic development of Pakistan after completion of their studies. He emphasized the need of

such training workshops which will help the students to equip themselves as per the industry


While talking to the participants, he congratulated them to be the beneficiaries of USAID funded

scholarship programme and wished to arrange more such training programs for students which

will help them to understand the future challenges in job market.

The vice chancellor thanked the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and USAID for providing

this opportunity to deserving students of this University who are unable to continue their studies

due to financial hardships.

The participants will get training and counseling by well renowned resource persons on different

topics including communication skills, inter/intrapersonal and presentation skills, interactive

group activity, how to make research projects, compilation of research report, confidence

building, decision making skills. Similarly the art of CV writing and interview, challenges and

opportunities in job market, self-actualization- option for flexible career and talent management,

learn and develop relevant job skills, Jobs search strategy, entrepreneurship-the innovative ideas,

opportunities for entrepreneurship, and e-marketing and e-business will also be taught to the


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