Lahore  - As part of US Government’s commitment to enhance educational opportunities for young Pakistanis, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded scholarships to 84 talented students enrolled in a four-year Bachelors’ in universities across Punjab.  This event recognised students from eight universities and brought together educational leaders from across the province.

A scholarship award ceremony was held for B.Ed (Hons) Elementary students at PU Al Raazi Hall here on Thursday. Chief of Party Pakistan Reading Project John Shumaker, Lahore College for Women University Vice Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor, Senior Education Advisor for USAID Muhammad Tariq Khan, Vice Chancellor Islamia University Bahawalpur Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar, Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter, senior faculty members and a large number of students from various universities were present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, John Shumaker said they wanted to ensure quality of education at primary level and providing scholarships to those students who wanted to become a teacher by choice. He said that teachers and such students’ training could improve education system.

 “We are delighted to see such bright students from Punjab who have dedicated themselves to a life of learning and service,” said Muhammad Tariq Khan, Senior Education Advisor for USAID. 

He added, “It is your hard work, devotion to quality, dedication of your teachers, and the vision of the Government of the Punjab, which is responsible for this notable achievement.” 

PU VC at the occasion said that people of US were the greatest asset of mankind but they were under the control of world’s financial elite. He said the Islamic world was weak because of ignorance and therefore invited aggression from the corporate controlled West. This scholarship program is part of $165 million USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project.