Hungarian Ambassador Bela Fazekas indicated at the 66th anniversary celebration in Hungary that the annual scholarships provided to Pakistan would be enhanced and that 400 Pakistani students would now be accepted to study at Hungarian universities. Previously, Hungary awarded 200 scholarships to Pakistani students each year; now, that number has increased to 400.
(Note: For information on how to apply for scholarships, see the article’s conclusion.)
Mr. Fazekas delivered a speech during a commemoration commemorating the 66th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution for Freedom and Liberty. In his speech, he stated the following about the scholarships:
“In October 1956, Budapest students launched a campaign for free speech and personal freedom, which swiftly expanded to other neighbourhoods and cities throughout Hungary.” To put a stop to this movement, Russian troops invaded Hungary, causing death and destruction as well as the forced evacuation of around 200,000 individuals.”
According to him, the people of Hungary still remember the terrible events of this year since Ukraine, one of Hungary’s neighbours, was experiencing a similar catastrophe at the hands of Russian soldiers, and more than 700,000 Ukrainians sought refuge in his country.
“These men, women, and children who have been victims of Russian aggression will be cared for by us.” According to Mr. Fazekas, a Hungarian professor created the University of Punjab in Lahore. He also stated that while Pakistan and Hungary have long-standing links in several fields, education has been particularly vital.
Fazekas mentioned that Hungarian educators had developed a number of programmes in Lahore.
He was referring to Dr. GW Leitner, the first registrar of Punjab University and a major figure in the university’s establishment in 1882.
Pakistani students are now using the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Program, which launched in 2015, to study in a number of professions.
Between 2016 and 2021, approximately 772 students studied in Hungary, comprising 565 undergraduates, 161 master’s students, and 46 Ph.D. students. In comparison, 400 students will be enrolled in Hungarian institutes starting in 2023, up from 111 undergraduate, 28 master’s, and 9 Ph.D. students in 2022.
MOL Pakistan, a Hungarian oil and gas corporation, is Pakistan’s third-largest oil and gas producer. The minister for the Board of Investment (BOI), Chaudhry Salik Hussain, has asked assistance from the Hungarian embassy in boosting Pakistan’s tourism and agriculture businesses.
How To APPLY?
(Instructions from the official HEC Website)
- Applicants may only submit applications through the Hungarian and HEC websites. If the applicant fails to complete online application forms on BOTH of the websites specified in Steps (1) and (2), their application will be rejected (2).
- Initially, applications and other documentation do not need to be submitted in hard copy. Applicants must, however, keep a copy of BOTH application forms, as well as a record of all information submitted (submitted online at HEC & Tempus Public Foundation).
- At a subsequent stage of the selection process, applicants will be required to provide actual copies of all original paperwork, as well as attested photocopies of them. This includes applications submitted online via the HEC site with deposit slips as well as the Tempus Public Foundation portal. The original medical certificate and police clearance certificate are also necessary.
Step 1: Apply to the Tempus Public Foundation online:
- All applications must be submitted online to the Tempus Public Foundation Hungary. After registration, applicants can access the application surface and upload the required documents. Please be informed that no applications will be accepted beyond the deadline and without the online submission. Make a printout of your online application for your records. To apply online, please go to https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu.
Step 2: HEC Online Application:
- On the HEC website, apply online at https://eportal.hec.gov.pk/arl. After signing up and filling up your profile, select “Academic & Research Linkages” from the “Scholarship and Grant” category on the web portal’s left-hand side panel. While submitting an application online at the HEC website, please include a scan of the deposit slip for Rs. 500 (non-refundable) sent to HEC online account No. 17427900133401 at HBL, Shalimar Recording Company Branch, Sector H-9, Islamabad. Use the HBL online payment system to make payments to HEC. This service is available at all Habib Bank Ltd (HBL) branches in Pakistan.
- The materials listed below must be submitted online by Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pakistan Standard Time).