Altaf Hamid Rao.
Sardar Masood Khan, President of AJK has said that as a nation eying progress and prosperity, we need to extensively invest in knowledge based economies.
He was addressing the send-off ceremony for student and faculty members of the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, proceeding to Turkey on academic scholarships on Tuesday.
President Masood Khan congratulated the Vice Chancellor, awardees, the faculty and the management of the university for the successful and timely completion of the selection process for the placement of the scholars undertaking the scholarships extended by the Turkish Government.
The ceremony was attended by H.E Sadiq Babur Girgin, Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan, Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi, VC University of AJK Muzaffarabad, Mr. Mehmet Emre Aktuna, Country Coordinator Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), faculty members and students of University of AJK.
In his address Chairman HEC highly appreciated the role of the Turkish government in accommodating bilateral academic programs in order to facilitate students from all over Pakistan in pursuing their higher education at Turkish universities. Dr. Mukhtar said that Turkish institutions are providing quality education in all fields of science, technology and social sciences; and it was an honor for our students to be a part of their alumni.
Sadiq Babur Girgin highlighted that Pakistan and Turkey enjoyed a historic bond spanning seven decades. He said that the strong diplomatic, social and political bond between the two brotherly nations has never been compromised upon and is getting stronger by the day. The Turkish government, he said, has always stood by Pakistan in every crisis and calamity.
The Ambassador welcomed the scholars and said that the people of Turkey consider the Pakistanis and Kashmiris as their true friends; and they will feel absolutely at home during their stay in Turkey.