Australian HC bids farewell to agri scholarship recipients

Bid farewell

ISLAMABAD, October 12, 2012: The Australian high commissioner, Peter Heyward, on Thursday bid farewell to 25 Pakistani professionals who have been awarded scholarships to undertake agricultural studies at the University of Queensland in Australia through the new Australia Pakistan Agriculture Scholarships (APAS) short course awards programme. Recipients of these scholarships are between 27 and 50 years of age and belong to Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Balochistan. “The APAS programme provides masters and short-term study opportunities for professionals and academics who are working in the agriculture sector to extend their knowledge of pro-poor market development in rural areas”, said Heyward during his address to students at their pre-departure briefing. A representative of the selected awardees said that the APAS programme would not only give them the opportunity to benefit from Australia’s expertise in agriculture, but would also enhance their understanding of Australia.

The APAS scheme is part of the Australian government’s ‘Australian Awards’ programme, which aims to develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to development in their home country, and to build people to people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels. Australia’s development assistance programme to Pakistan, managed by AusAID, has grown steadily in recent years, reaching A$96.4 million in 2012/13 with a focus on health, education and agriculture. The next round of APAS awards will be advertised in April 2013 on the Australia awards website.
Courtesy: Daily Times

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