Japan provides US $ 2.3m grant for human resource development
ISLAMABAD – Japan has extended grant assistance worth Japanese Yen 313 million (approximately US$ 2.3 million) to the Government of Pakistan for “The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship for fiscal year 2022.”
Mr. ISHII Kensuke, Charge d’ Affaires ad interim of Japan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Mr. Mian Asad Hayaud Din, Secretary of Ministry of Economic Affairs, have signed the exchange of notes on this program. The grant agreement for the aforementioned program was also signed between Mr. Adil Akbar Khan, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Mr. Kinoshita Yasumitsu, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Pakistan Office.
JDS is designed to support social and economic development of the country by providing government officials to obtain masters or doctoral degree in Japan in order to strengthen the administrative capacity of officials. The participants of JDS program who are involved in formulation and implementation of policies are expected to learn in partner universities in Japan and acquire knowledge of their specialties as well as the know-hows of how Japan became a country as it is today.
Through this scholarship, Government of Japan will provide 17 scholarships for master degree program for two years and 1 scholarship for doctoral program for 3 years to the officers of the Federal Government of Pakistan at top Japanese universities.
This program was introduced first time to Pakistan in 2018. Since then, four batches of JDS fellows have availed this scholarship. The main objective of JDS is to strengthen the administrative capacities of government of Pakistan by providing the opportunity to obtain the master and doctor of philosophy degree to the capable government officers who are involved in formulation and implementation of social and economic development of Pakistan.
Secretary Economic Affairs appreciated the government and people of Japan for their support with the assurance of extending all necessary facilitation for more meaningful cooperation between the two sides in future.
As JDS in Pakistan started from 2018 and has four batches in four consecutive years, the first phase concluded this year. This occasion celebrates the signing of the very first batch of the second phase of this program. For this batch, the maximum number of the slots for JDS participants in Pakistan is 17 seats for the master degree and one seat for the doctoral degree.
Mr. Kinoshita while speaking at the event said, “It is worth stating that Japan and Pakistan are celebrating 70 years of anniversary this year. We hope that JDS fellows as well as those 7,000 JICA training participants supported under Technical Cooperation Program will build broader human networks that will benefit both Pakistan and Japan in the long run.”
Mr. ISHII highlighted, “JDS scholarship is expected to contribute to strengthening the administrative capacities of government of Pakistan by providing the talented government officials with the opportunity to obtain the master and doctor of philosophy degree, so that they can effectively lead the social and economic development of Pakistan. I hope this project would further contribute to strengthening the friendship between the two countries.”