APP17-19 LONDON: April 19 - Interior Minister, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal presenting souvenir to Sir Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive British Council at the British Council Office. APP

LONDON, Apr 19 (APP):Minister for Interior, and Planning, Development & Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal met Chief Executive, British Council, Sir Ciaran Devane at the British Council Office here on Thursday.
Appreciating the support extended by the British Council to higher education in Pakistan as a strong
partner, Ahsan Iqbal conveyed his desire to initiate a similar programme, Pakistan UK Knowledge Gateway with
the UK, along with the lines of US Pakistan Knowledge Corridor, through which the HEC will send 1000 PhD scholars
every year to the United States with the Government providing living/accommodation expenses while local universities
covering costs related to tuition fees, a statement of Pakistan High Commission issued here said.
The interior minister, who is in London to attend the CHOGM 2018, apprised the Chief Executive about his plans to build a state-of-the-art Teacher Training Institute in Islamabad to ensure standardised skill set and capacity building for teachers.
He sought the council’s technical assistance in design and setting up of the institute. He also sought
cooperation of British Council to provide technical assistance to Pakistan to set up Pakistan Academy
of Social Sciences.
Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the government had raised the budget of the Higher Education Commission from 13
billion rupees in 2013 to 45 billion rupees this year. One important initiative was the establishment of University
campuses in each district, including four women campuses in Balochistan districts.
On female education, the minister noted with appreciation that the University Campus in his own District Narowal had now 4,000 students, with 80% being girls. The minister also showed interest in the British Council’s
Creative Economy program and observed that a pilot project could be initiated in the university of Narowal Campus.
Sir Devane assured support and follow up on all issues raised by Minister Ahsan Iqbal. He stated the
British Council was also contributing to Social Enterprise by providing young people with pathways to a
positive and productive life and career.