LONDON: Pakistan High Commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria hosted Pakistani Chevening scholars at a dinner reception at the High Commission on Saturday (October 12). As many as 54 Chevening scholars, from a wide range of professions, have started their academic programmes at various UK Universities this autumn. The event was held as part of the students outreach efforts of the Mission.
In his welcome address on the occasion, the High Commissioner congratulated the students on their selection for the prestigious Chevening Scholarship programme. He urged the students to make the most of the enriching academic experience in Britain and then use the acquired knowledge and expertise in their respective disciplines for the development of Pakistan. He emphasized on the scholars to make the most of their stay in the UK by making lasting friendships with the British people and fellow scholars from other countries as well as linkages with the UK’s institutions.
The High Commissioner also called upon the students to be part of the Mission’s efforts towards projection of Pakistan’s rich and diverse culture, heritage of ancient civilizations and various beautiful colours of the country. He apprised the students of the warm and cordial relations between Pakistan and the UK. He hoped that the Pakistan visit of the Royal Couple would further strengthen the ties between the two countries and significantly add to the tourism in the country.
Mr Zakaria thanked the British Government for providing an invaluable opportunity to the Pakistani students for studying at the top educational institutions of the country. He added that Chevening Scholarship programme has significantly promoted people to people contacts between Pakistan and the UK that has resulted into strengthening of bilateral ties.