‘France bans Pakistani students for PhD’


ISLAMABAD(PT): Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed has informed the National Assembly (NA) that France had banned Pakistani students from pursuing doctoral level studies in the field of Nuclear Science, Agriculture and Dairy.

During a meeting of NA Standing Committee on Education Monday, the HEC chairman said that reportedly eight percent of PhD students did not come back to the country after completing studies in foreign countries.

Briefing the NA committee presided over by Gulzar Khan, Dr Ahmed said that as many as 600 students were studying in France and all scholarships had been awarded on open merit. He said students faced difficulties when money was not sent to them on time, adding that as per Prime Minister’s Pay Back Student Fees Scheme, more than 45,000 students’ fees had been refunded.

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