LAHORE - The Government College University (GCU) Lahore Wednesday trained the young Pakistani researchers in building sustainable research networks and writing grant winning research proposals at a two-day training workshop titled International Strategic Partnerships in Research & Education (INSPIRE) Programme. The workshop is being organised jointly by the British Council and the Higher Education Commission Pakistan. Mark Robson, Director English and Acting Director Network, Executive Board British Council, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Khalid Aftab and British Council Pakistan Country Director David Martin also addressed the participants at the opening session of the training programme. A large number of researchers from seven educational institutions across Punjab are taking part in the training, which aimed at enhancing the indigenous research culture in Pakistan and help broaden the impact of research projects and their sustainability. The participants of the training are also equipped with active thinking and learning procedures through lectures. Talking to young researchers, Mr Mark Robson said the British Council was committed for capacity building of the Pakistani educational institutions and training of the youth. He said the British Council would continue to support such trainings in the future. He believed the Pakistani youth was highly talented and what they all needed are opportunities and guidance. Mr Robson also showed interest in broadening the scope of academic programmes between the educational institutions of the United Kingdom and Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Khalid Aftab said the University had remarkably excelled in the field of research in the last three years and the Higher Education Commission had declared GCU the best institution of Lahore on the basis of its research output. Talented Researcher Exchange Programme (TRXP) master trainer and event coordinator Aqueel Imtiaz Wahga said this opportunity should be utilized for establishing research network among all educational institutions of the country. On the second day of training, the young researchers will be trained about the sustainable international collaboration, bidding for external sources of funding and inter-cultural communication. They will also be trained in developing strategic skills like influencing, negotiating, presenting and embedding international partnership impact across institutions for developing and maintaining international networks. British Council Lahore Head of Programmes Zahra Rizvi also addressed the participants. The will be concluded on Thursday (today).