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Friday, May 24, 2013
Zil-Hajj 09, 1432 AH
| ||Pakistan deposits Instrument of Ratification of new AIT Charter
'Pakistan Times' Wire Service
BANGKOK: Pakistan has deposited its Instrument of Ratification of the new Charter of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. According to reports from Bangkok, Pakistan is the fifth country to do so, after Japan, Sweden, India and Sri Lanka.
Foreign Minister of Thailand Kasit Piromya had signed the Charter while Pakistanís Ambassador to Thailand Sohail Mahmood signed for the government of Pakistan. Federal Cabinet of Pakistan subsequently ratified the Charter, and with the submission of the Instrument of Ratification now, all the legal procedures for Pakistanís accession have been completed.
Under Article 15 of the Charter, the Government of Thailand has been designated as the ďDepositoryĒ for the Charter. Article 14 stipulates that the new Charter will go into effect six months after the deposit of the 5th Instrument of Acceptance and Approval.
Pakistan is a founding member of the AIT, which was established in 1959 as SEATO Graduate School of Engineering. The School was transformed into the Asian Institute of Technology in 1967.
About 800 Pakistani students have graduated from AIT. A large number of Pakistani students are currently pursuing Masters and Ph.D programmes, many on HEC-sponsored scholarships. Pakistanís Ambassador in Bangkok Sohail Mahmood is a member of the AIT Board of Trustees.