The students must be encouraged to utilize the maximum benefits from a varied range of scholarships provided under the different programs by the United States of America. A large number of Pakistani students are availing various scholarships at different levels.

However, there is a potential that this number could be manifold with the right guidance and support from the concerned authorities.

These views were expressed by the two-member delegation of the United States Consulate General Karachi while meeting with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi on Monday.

The Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate General Karachi Amy Christianson and the Deputy Cultural Attaché Keome Rowe met the KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi at the VC Secretariat.

The delegation also discussed the issues of mutual interest while highlighted the potential of the students. During the meeting, Amy Christianson observed that there is a need to work in the area of social sciences in Pakistan which is in general often neglected in the country. She assured the KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi of providing necessary help in this regard.

The visitors talked about enhancing relations in the field of higher education and research with the University of Karachi and hoped that it would provide a good platform to students, faculty members, and scholars for the promotion of education and research.

They also vowed to boost bilateral ties as well as cooperation on different aspects including research and exchange programs. They mentioned that the US government wants to promote mutual understanding with their partners.

Earlier, the KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi briefed the delegation about the history of the University of Karachi, departments, research institutes, and research being conducted at the campus.

He also informed the visitors about the achievement made by the programs ran in collaboration with the American universities and various departments. He acknowledged the support bring offered by the US government through its various platforms and mentioned that the American government and its departments are tirelessly working to improve the standards of education in developing countries.

The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi also shared the efforts made by the researchers and the faculty members at the University of Karachi who are investigating a range of issues in different disciplines and adding new findings in the existing reserve of knowledge.

He said that US CG used to offer diploma and certificate courses regarding American History and the same could be launched on the campus so that a large number of students could learn more about the United States of America and its history

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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