British High Commission announces first Asma Jahangir scholarship

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By Muhammad Luqman

The British High Commission has announced a new annual scholarship, honouring the late human rights activist Asma Jahangir, said an official statement on Thursday.

After a rigorous selection process, the scholarship will be awarded to the best female Chevening candidate each year.

The recipient of the inaugural award will be announced in August, when the 2018 Chevening Scholars have been selected, said the High Commission statement.

Chevening scholarships are awarded to the outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year Masters programme at any UK university.

The scholarship programme gives the opportunity to future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from across the world to develop professionally and academically. It helps them build networks, to experience the UK culture, and to form lasting positive relationships with the UK, said the press statement.

The statement further mentioned that in 2017, Chevening sent 63 Pakistanis to universities across the UK – including 23 women.

Prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir passed away on February 11, after suffering a stroke. She was 66 years old.

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