LAHORE: Deputy Head of Communication at the British High Commission Andrew Cuff has said that the Chevening Scholarship is a premier and most prestigious programme offered by the British government.
Pakistan is an eligible country and many people have benefited from it in the past and serving the country at important positions.
He was talking to Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Abdul Basit, Senior Vice President Amjad Ali Jawa and Vice President Nasir Hameed Khan at LCCI on Wednesday. Mian Zahid Javed, Shehla Qayyum and Yasmeen Rehman also spoke.
Andrew Cuff said that Chevening was the best education programme in the world. We are looking for future leaders who have best leadership abilities,” he added.
LCCI President Abdul Basit said that the Chevening Scholarship Programme is ample proof of the interest of the British government in promoting education. He said that the motive of holding this meeting was to raise awareness among those potential candidates who are interested in upgrading themselves with higher education at mid-career level.
Abdul Basit said that businessmen are the backbone of every economy, asserting that the LCCI believes in educating the businessmen at all levels. He said that whether they are industrialists, traders or small shopkeepers, imparting proper education and guidance makes a huge difference in the overall performance of businesses. LCCI encourages the business community to not only educate themselves but also to educate their families, he said.
The LCCI president said that Pakistan has brilliant young brains but due to financial constraints, most of them cannot afford to study in leading institutions. He suggested that this scholarship should be targeted towards the middle class of Pakistan so that the financially humble masses can benefit; a special quota should be given to the people with special needs, he added.
Head of Chevening Scholarship Programme in Pakistan, Shehla Qayyum said that scholarships are being awarded to talented professionals who are potential future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. She said that scholarships offer financial support to study for a masters degree at one of UK’s leading universities, and the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network.