Ahsan Iqbal urges youth to promote harmony in society

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Interactive Session with Pakistani alumni from Hungarian universities

Federal Minister for Planning, Development Mr. Ahsan Iqbal has urged the youth to promote harmony in society and hold their opinion on any issue of their choice but keeping in mind that ‘you don’t have to think the same to be equal.’

Speaking to Pakistani alumni from Hungarian universities under Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship in Islamabad on Friday, the Minister emphasized that prejudice is the death of humanity. “You have every right to have your point of view but do remember that rationality should not be lost during arguments. We must also know that interpretation of reality is different for each one of us.”

He appreciated Pakistani students who have completed their studies from Hungarian universities and urged them to put into practice whatever they have learned in their respective fields. They included graduates of BS, MS and PhD programmes from different universities in Hungary. Some of the students in Hungary joined the session through video link. “You are a privileged group of students who have been educated abroad.”

He advised the students to fully utilise their potential and talent in their respective areas of study as well as under the cultural diversity to play a proactive role in further improving harmony between Pakistan and Hungary. He assured that the Government of Pakistan is fully supportive of the programmes like Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarships.

Dr. Shaista Sohail, Executive Director HEC appreciated the support of Hungarian Government for higher studies of Pakistani students. She advised the students to utilise their energies on showing exemplary academic performance and character and play ambassadors of Pakistan in Hungary. She said that the scholarship programme is a long-term investment in the relations between Pakistan and Hungary.

As many as 148 Pakistani students are set to leave for study in Hungarian universities, as the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan held a send-off ceremony a few days ago to award certificates to the scholarship winners under the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme.

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