Posted on August 9, 2008
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30 responses to “HEC Scholars: Will They Return? And Stay?”

  1. Noor says:

    Asalm-O-Alikum Everyone,

    I read in the THE NEWS, this story about plight of HEC students in South Korea.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=139409

    I chat with some of my friends who recently left to Korea on same scholaship. I was surprised to know about the truthfullness of the story. How HEC offcial unethically response to students and no action is taken against them. In one university stiudents have not rceived the stipend from last three months, other recived a week back.
    I was also told that HEc is not allowing students Internship and PHD against bond agreemnet. All HEC offcials including Chairman knows well all details. My friends also confirmed me as printed in the NEWS story that Korean professors are not interested in having pakistani students in their labs, as they are not able to do PHD, and as well as the Korean did good thing to support Pakistani Students PHD, but HEC decline to give students permission for it. HEC is paying about 40Lakh for a PHD in Korea, and Korean universities was doing for free for exsisting pakistani students.

    Doing so HEC is just making prople mind more corrupt and against Pakistan. This will cause braiun drain in presnt situation. I think HEC officals instaed of saving seats. HEC started good, but now its fate it similar to other Pakistani institute due to their own deeds.

  2. Asad says:

    There is a rumor around that current scholars abroad are not being paid their stipend. If that is the case, it is really alarming, as thousands of students are studying abroad on these scholarships. The government cannot endorse the ‘bond’ if it cannot pay the cost of study.

  3. Ahmad R. Shahid says:

    Some figures from Pocket World in Figures 2008 Edition:

    Total Expenditure on R&D (% of GDP, 2004)

    1. Israel 4.55
    2. Sweden 3.95
    3. Finland 3.48
    4. Japan 3.20
    5. Iceland 2.87
    6. United States 2.66
    7. South Korea 2.63
    8. Denmark 2.61
    9. Switzerland 2.57
    10. Germany 2.49
    11. Taiwan 2.42
    12. Austria 2.26
    13. Singapore 2.24
    14. France 2.16
    15. Canada 1.90
    16. United Kingdom 1.88
    17. Belgium 1.85
    18. Luxembourg 1.78
    19. Norway 1.75
    20. Netherlands 1.72
    21. Australia 1.69
    22. Slovenia 1.47
    23. Czech Republic 1.27
    24. Croatia 1.25
    25. China 1.23
    26. New Zealand 1.22
    27. Ireland 1.19
    28. Russia 1.17
    29. Italy 1.13
    30. Spain 1.05
    31. Brazil 0.93
    32. Estonia 0.91
    33. Hungary 0.88
    34. India 0.84
    35. Jordan 0.81
    36. Portugal 0.74
    37. South Africa 0.73
    38. Hong Kong 0.69
    39. Turkey 0.66
    40. Chile 0.65
    41. Malaysia 0.63
    42. Greece 0.62
    43. Poland 0.54
    44. Slovakia 0.53
    45. Bulgaria 0.50
    46. Venezuela 0.46
    47. Argentina 0.44
    48. Mexico 0.39
    49. Romania 0.39
    50. Thailand 0.28

  4. Abdul Wadood Siddiqui says:

    Assalam o alaikum
    I am a muslim Indian and and an infrequent but passionate visitor to this blog for reasons unknown to myself. I have learned a lot of things about Pakistan through the articles posted here and more so from the comments made on them. Small details which I would never get from any newspaper or magazine how-so-ever much in-depth reporting it does.
    My comments on this article may not have much credibility because of my being not a Pakistani, but nonetheless I can not stop myself. Almost all the comments hope HEC program does get the results in the end and a few have expressed their concerns over the possibility of the scholars sent abroad on taxpayers’ money deciding not to return or wrangling their way out of the bond. But no one has cast any doubt over the utility of this program except for one Mr. Ahmad R. Shahid. I am primarily addressing him.
    Dear Shahid sahab, what I gather from your comments is that you are trying to stress the need of tackling with basic problems first before plunging in to high end research. Sir, the basic problems of ANY country (including USA, which seems to be the benchmark for everyone in Pakistan, and India also) can not be corrected overnight or even in years. Even if they do get overcome, they will not remain so forever. They are recurrent by nature and need a continual maintenance effort. We cannot ask our men of brains to sit idle till kingdom come.
    A two pronged effort is needed. One with short term goals and the other with long term aspirations. The HEC program is the long term effort needed.
    You say that China is still behind UK in the number of research papers published, and India is still quite behind. Agreed. So do you propose to wait till these two overtake UK to start doing research in Pakistan?
    You also contend that as for the IITs in India you don

  5. Akram Khan says:

    contrary to Mr. Ahmad R. Shahid’s comment, I strongly oppose the HEC bond dictating that you may sign out by paying the money back. This clause is plain cheating and ridiculous allowing people to have the opportunity to begin their study on an interest free loan from the TAX money of people of Pakistan. This allows students to have a fall back plan to rely on HEC if they do not secure another scholarship from abroad and if they do so, they turn their back towards Pakistan and go out of the HEC contract by manipulating the sign out clause. It does not make any sense to me. I myself have funded my studies abroad and I know as you enter the academic system abroad, the opportunities grow and you can have interest free loans, 100s of scholarships based on your performance etc etc. So HEC basically does all the hard work of injecting you into the system and then IF you get established, you dump HEC first and foremost. Does not sound fair to me. This also destroys the career of all those students who could have genuinely come back to Pakistan and work towards the prosperity of Pakistan.
    Assuming that by sending students to the eastern EU countries where they will have problems finding jobs, subsequently return home is merely a poorly thought plan. Pakistani students can communicate well in English as compared to the natives of these countries. English language advantage in combination with an EU degree offers them a complete uplift and thereby opens a world of career opportunities in USA/UK/Germany/Canada/Scandanavia/AUS etc etc…
    Lastly, If you get to know these scholars on a personal level, they are all waiting for the day; Govt. is Pakistan is changed, effectively HEC gets dissolved, therefore no strings attached. I guess serious thinking needs to be done on the HEC side because at the end of the day, its TAX payers money who work and contribute to the economy of Pakistan. Pakistan Paind-a-bad.