London School of Economics (LSE) sent a delegation which visited different cities of Pakistan. The purpose of this delegation was to promote education. The major proposal that was shared by the team was the establishment of a “Jinnah Chair” at London School of Economics. The aim of this proposal is to recognize and honour the achievements of Quaid-e-Azam.
The delegation held meetings with academicians, senior officials belonging to several different departments and with the Prime Minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The delegation comprised of the Director and President of London School of Economics, Professor Craig Calhoun, the director of newly established South Asia Centre at LSE, Dr. Mukulika Banerjee and some other representatives of the LSE South Asia Centre.
The delegation stayed in Pakistan from February 22nd to 27th of the month. On the last day of their visit they held a meeting with TPL holdings, which has diversified investments in several different companies. The delegation briefed them about their plans of launching Jinnah Professorship in London School of Economics.
Do you know: London School Of Economics has a long list of notable alumni and staff, spanning the fields of scholarship covered by the school. Among them are sixteen Nobel Prize winners. (Source: Wikipedia)
Professor Calhoun, during the meetings also announced that several other initiatives will be taking place for Pakistan at the South Asian Centre very soon. There will be several events organized which will be of help in Pakistan and UK to mark 70 years of Independence. The events would include regular summits. The first event will be held next year, according to Professor Calhoun. He mentioned that he has met with academics, business leaders, ministers, and several other prominent people. The delegation also visited several universities and discussed the possibilities of fundraising which can help in giving scholarships to the Pakistani students.
Professor Calhoun also mentioned that the International Growth Centre has had been conducting research for more than five years. Having researched for such a long period, the varsity now wishes to work on a variety of issues. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been invited by the professor to speak at the LSE in order to mark the 70th Independence anniversary of Pakistan.
Professor Calhoun emphasized that it is very important for the global community to develop a new and fresh understanding of Pakistan. It should be understood as a country which is enjoying the economic growth as well as opportunity. It is a very active participant in the international trade and is also developing innovative responses to the issues of social nature.
Dr. Banerjee, director of South Asia Centre at LSE, conducted his PhD research in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He expressed his delight on returning to Pakistan after 23 years.
The delegation also visited Habib University and they discussed different prospects of LSE to engage with the students in Pakistan. During the delegation’s visit to the university, meetings with various departments and faculty members took place. Dr. Banerjee also observed that LSE laid it’s foundations on a program that resembled the liberal core of Habib University.
A bilateral student exchange program was also among the things discussed by the delegation. This is an excellent initiative taken by LSE and will help the country in developing a better understanding of the economic policy making.
The establishment of Jinnah Chair is not just an honour, it is something that will help in improving the quality of education.
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