BISP-HEC To Provide Scholarships To Social Sector Researchers On Key Research Areas – September 14, 2018

Government of Pakistan

Benazir Income Support Programme

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Press Release

September 14, 2018

BISP-HEC TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO SOCIAL SECTOR RESEARCHERS ON KEY RESEARCH AREAS

BISP will provide 5-7 scholarships annually for Social Sector researchers, followed by two-year internship at BISP

HEC to announce Thematic Research Grants, and facilitate to streamline Universities

Islamabad: A comprehensive brain storming session on the subject titled “BISP-HEC Collaboration for Research” was held in the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) Auditorium co-chaired by Secretary BISP Omar Hamid Khan and Executive Director, HEC. The consultative session was attended by academicians, scholars, researchers and faculty members from different Universities across the country.

Secretary BISP shared that the scholarships will be awarded every year for direct Ph. D programs by HEC, it can fund 5 to 7 scholarships annually for students who want to do research on BISP, at national or international level. BISP would help and support research students throughout their research by providing them office space, free of cost data access and two 2 years of Internship. The ED, HEC conveyed his full support and assured that HEC is open to productive academic pro-research ideas; and the management is fully committed to support and facilitate them. He further reiterated the announcement of “Thematic Research Grants”, on the subjects.

Amongst others, participants from 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 attended the consultative meeting.

BISP’s Secretary, while giving the presentation explained about four (04) key objectives of the joint social sector research facility which includes; 1) Promote rigorous and evidence based research on BISP’s interventions at national and regional level. 2) Promote credible research to evaluate the effects of different interventions of BISP on life of marginalized segment of the society. 3) Facilitate multidisciplinary research excellence on poverty and Social Safety Net program. 4) Build sustainable research partnerships with universities and other research institutes. For conducting this specialized national level research, the researchers will also be given the access to available Datasets including National Socio- Economic Registry (NSER), Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) data, Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) data and payment datasets.

Secretary also stressed upon the need of establishment of a Think Tank on Social Protection for Poverty Reduction in Pakistan, to 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/participants. The ED- HEC, requested all the universities to prepare relevant Research proposals within a time period of one month. ED, HEC also announced for establishment of a group or platform to look into possible areas of applicable research.