HEC PhD Programme: BISP announces scholarships for social sector researchers



Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) will provide scholarships and two-year internship opportunities to social sector researchers in key research areas.

This was decided during a comprehensive brain storming session titled ‘BISP-HEC Collaboration for Research’ held at HEC’s auditorium. The session was co-chaired by BISP Secretary and HEC Executive Director Omar Hamid Khan.

The consultative session was attended by academicians, scholars, researchers and faculty members from different universities across the country.

BISP secretary shared that the scholarships will be awarded every year for direct PhD programmes by HEC. It will be funding five to seven scholarships annually for students who want to do research on BISP, at national or international level.

BISP will help and support these students throughout their research by providing them office space, free of cost data access and two years of Internship.

The HEC ED Professor Dr Arshad Ali conveyed his full support and assured that HEC is open to productive academic pro-research ideas. The management is also fully committed to support and facilitate them.

He further reiterated the announcement of ‘Thematic Research Grants’ on the subjects.

BISP’s secretary, while giving the presentation explained about four key objectives of the joint social sector research facility. These being promoting rigorous and evidence based research on BISP’s interventions at national and regional level, promoting credible research to evaluate the effects of different interventions of BISP on life of marginalised segment of the society, facilitating multidisciplinary research excellence on poverty and Social Safety Net programme and building sustainable research partnerships with universities and other research institutes.

For conducting this specialised national level research, the researchers will also be given the access to available data sets including the National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER), Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) data, Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) data and payment data sets.

The secretary also stressed upon the need of establishment of a Think Tank on Social Protection for Poverty Reduction in Pakistan. This will help provide policy advice through evidence based research on Social Protection and Poverty which will draw upon research within the country and outside as well as the expertise of the members.

Dr Ali requested all the universities to prepare relevant research proposals within a time period of one month.

He also announced for the establishment of a group or a platform to look into the possible areas of applicable research.

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), International Islamic University, Quaid-e-Azam University, Bahria University, Ripha International University, Foundation University, National Institute of Psychology Centre of Excellence, NUST, Iqra University also attended the consultative meeting. APP


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