Academic awarded prestigious French order.
LAHORE -- Ambassador of France to Pakistan Dr Marc Barety on Tuesday conferred French knighthood of Academic Palms on Dr Saeed Shafqat, professor and founding director of the Centre for Public Policy Governance at Forman Christian College University (FCCU).
The ceremony was held at Pervaiz Elahi Building at FCCU where a number of academics, students and FCCU staff were present. Dr Shafqat is a renowned scholar in the field of civil-military relations, public policy and administration in Pakistan.
The French Academic Palms recognises those who have rendered services for French education and contributed to the prestige of French culture. For those who are named and promoted in the Order of the French Academic Palms (l'Ordre des Palmes academiques), this distinction acknowledges their merits, talents, and exemplary activities.
Speaking on the occasion, the French ambassador said he was always excited to visit Lahore as it was a city of culture and heritage and had hundreds and thousands of intellectuals and academia. His predecessor had nominated Dr Shafqat for the prestigious award and he was here to confer it on him, he added. Dr Shafqat had written many articles and books and had an unbelievable career of severing at different positions in Pakistan.
Dr Shafqat first thanked the ambassador for the prestigious award and said he always used his informal connections to build institutional linkages. He said he would continue to work for educational exchange programmes and needed the cooperation of the French embassy and his friends there.
FCCU Rector Dr James A Tebbe said they would like to establish further connections with France and had also started French, Korean, German and Chinese language courses at the university. 'We are also looking forward to developing postgraduate programmes and will also seek further cooperation from the embassy,' he added.