CG Avdeev feels need of education pact between Russia and Pakistan

KARACHI: Oleg N. Avdeev, Consul General of Russian Federation in Karachi said on Thursday that Russian Federation offers 10 scholarships to Pakistan’s students for free education in Russian Federation annually, but due to unawareness among the students of Pakistan, most scholarships are un availed.

He said this while addressing faculty and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU.

The Russian Consul General said that there was no agreement between Pakistan and Russia about cooperation in the field of education; Therefore, we should do something in this regards and find ways of cooperation and collaboration in various fields of education including exchange of faculty and students and also in the area of research between the two counties and Sindh Madressatul Islam University can lead in this regard.

Oleg N Avdeev further said that there was a need of collaboration and cooperation between SMIU and other universities of Pakistan and Russia and that act will prove beginning of a new era between the two countries. The Russian Consul General said that here are great opportunities of education, trade, commerce, industry, medicine and information technology in Russian Federation.

He said that these two countries have become very close in bilateral relations, which are being strengthened day by day. “We are working on joint projects, including a pipeline from Karachi to Lahore and establishment of two power plants: one at Guddu in Sindh and other one at Muzaffargarh in Punjab. Besides these projects, Russia is also assisting Pakistan in gas and oil exploration,” Consul General of Russian Federation informed.

He said: “We are improving the climate of bilateral relations between two countries and in this regard, Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, a delegation of businessmen of Pakistan and other officials visited Russia recently, and these visits were helping to find the ways of cooperation between Pakistan and Russia. He also said that these two countries have too come very close on burning international issues.

Mr. Oleg N. Avdeev said that in near future we see better relations between Pakistan and Russia. Besides government to government contacts, there is a need of people to people contact between these two countries.

Earlier Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University in his welcome address welcomed Oleg N. Avdeev, on his visit to SMIU and said that Pakistan and Russia had good friendly relations spread over decades. “No one country was willing to transfer technology to Pakistan, but it was the then Soviet Union (to which Russia was a part) not only assisted Pakistan in setting up of Steel Mills in Karachi, but also transferred its technology to Pakistan,” Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said.

He further stated that there was a need of cooperation between Pakistan and Russian Federation in field of education. He said that the visit of Consul General of Russian Federation to SMIU will result in dawn of a new era of cooperation and collaboration between Sindh Madressatul Islam University and Russian universities.

The speech of the guest was followed by question answer session. Later on, Oleg N. Avdeev visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU and praised the relics of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, founder of SMIU and other old students and also old record of the institution, preserved at the museum.