GUJRAT - The higher education institutions (HEIs) and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) Islamabad agreed to form an inter-university alliance here at University of Gujrat (UoG).As per details, nine leading higher education institutions (HEIs) and AIPS Islamabad decided to form the Inter University Consortium for to extend cooperation and undertake collaborative efforts for the promotion of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities and Business Education in Pakistan.In this regard, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed at University of Gujrat (UoG) on Friday (today).The MoU aims at promoting cooperation between Pakistani universities and the US academia and focusing development of social sciences and humanities related disciplines in Pakistan.Meanwhile, through the agreement, IUCPSS will organize doctoral dissertation writing workshops for Pakistani students. The AIPS will support and facilitate the mission of IUCPSS to form a National Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in Pakistan and will assist IUCPSS with the process and programming for it. The AIPS will use its US institutional membership (consortium of 32 affiliated universities) to encourage and motivate junior and senior research scholars and faculty members to conduct academic research in affiliation with IUCPSS.The AIPS and IUCPSS also agreed to organise series of academic talks and seminars at IUCPSS member campuses.Both the partners also agreed to appoint Murtaza Noor as IUCPSS focal person for facilitation and coordination among IUCPSS member institutions and AIPS.Under the facilitation of HEC, the IUCPSS has been formed by nine renowned and prestigious HEIs including the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad (QAU), University of Gujrat (UoG), Government College University, Faisalabad (GCUF), Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur (SALU), University of Balochistan Quetta (UoB), Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar (IMSP), Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan (BZU), the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Abbottabad (CIIT).The objective of the IUCPSS is to establish linkages with national and international organisations for improving social sciences, arts and humanities and research activities in Pakistan.