ISLAMABAD  - Under joint collaboration between Higher Education Commission (HEC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 12 fellowships would be offered to M.Phil students for under-training research on federalism related issues for the first time in Pakistan.

The main objective of these fellowships is to encourage academic research amongst university students on federalism and decentralisation. These fellowships would be awarded through a well-defined transparent mechanism keeping in view regional and gender representation and a joint committee of HEC-UNDP would select the scholars. The offered fellowships would cover expenditure related to university fee, supervisor honorarium, book allowance and provision of laptop.

These fellowships are being awarded by UNDP project tilted "Strengthening Participatory Federalism and Decentralisation" which aims at to strengthen the culture of inter-governmental relations, improve social sector governance in provinces, enhance capacity on issues of federalism and decentralisation and explore possibilities of initiating participatory local government at district level.

Commenting on this joint HEC-UNDP collaboration, Chairperson HEC Dr Javaid R Laghari has appreciated the gesture of UNDP for sponsoring fellowships for university students of Pakistan. He assured utmost cooperation of HEC in effective implementation of scheme and reiterated HEC commitment to encourage research over the relevant issues pertaining to Pakistani society.