Islamabad-The Higher Education Commission and the Council of Higher Education, Turkey mutually approved 11 joint research projects under Pak-Turk Researchers Mobility Grant Programme.

The programme is part of Turkish-Pakistani cooperation within the scope of internationalisation effort of higher education systems, a statement said.

The programme supports scientific and technological cooperation between the Turkish and Pakistani higher education institutions through provision of funds for mobility of graduate students and academic staff.

The projects have been approved for funding for three-year duration in six priority areas including energy, food and sustainable environment technologies, material sciences, transportation systems, robots and smart systems.

 The Pakistani universities along with their Turkish counterparts that have won the grants are Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon; University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and Nigde Omer Halisdemir University, Nidge; the GIK Institute of Engineering Science and Technology and Dumlupinar University/Karabuk University; Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Akdeniz University, Antalya; Government College University, Lahore and Bartin University, Bartin; Government College University, Faisalabad and Bingol University, Bingol; University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore and Sakarya University, Sakarya.

The next call for research projects under the programme will be announced in May 2018, the statement concluded.