Islamabad(TNS): NEST joins hands with Hashoo Group to promote Hospitality Sector for the 1st time in Pakistan

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Islamabad – 1st February 2024 (Adnan Hameed) : Continuing its mission to promote accessible education and employment opportunities for the
economic upliftment of Pakistan, the country’s leading hospitality and tourism conglomerate, Hashoo Group, has
collaborated with the National Endowment Scholarships for Talent (NEST) of the Ministry of Federal Education &
Professional Training M/o FE&PT, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad. This collaboration will introduce dedicated
Hospitality Scholarships in Pakistan to promote the Hospitality & Tourism Sector, marking the first time in the country.
The hospitality sector is one of the highest employment-generating sectors, both internationally and locally. Through
this impactful initiative, underprivileged students across Pakistan will be eligible to receive scholarships for their two- year Diploma/Associate Degree Program in hospitality and tourism offered by Hashoo School of Hospitality
Management (HSHM). Additionally, this partnership will provide a gateway for underserved students of the Hashoo
Foundation – the corporate social responsibility arm of the Hashoo Group, to benefit from the Nursing, Arts, & Culture Scholarships program that NEST offers as per NEST policy.
Both Parties will also actively explore opportunities nationwide to support talented and underprivileged students who could greatly benefit from financial assistance on their educational journey.

The main objective of NEST is to provide
scholarships to needy yet talented students who need additional resources to continue their studies. Mr. Waseem
Ajmal Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer-NEST/Federal Secretary M/o Federal Education & Professional Training,
Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, expressed his point of view by calling this partnership a step in the right direction,
empowering underprivileged youth. He added that enabling hospitality and tourism-related scholarships to NEST’s
ambit is a constructive gesture that has diversified NEST’s role.

The organization serves as a transformative force, bridging educational gaps by providing scholarships to talented students in underserved areas. To date, NEST has granted 6000+ scholarships across diverse fields, making a positive impact on education and employment
opportunities for these students.

Addressing this collaboration, Mr. Haseeb A. Gardezi, Chief Operating Officer, Hospitality and Education Division, Hashoo Group, remarked, “Our Group has always been committed to facilitating more than just the highest standards
of hospitality in Pakistan. Our mission goes much further in enabling education, employment, and other supportive
programs to ensure that wherever we are present, the communities around us become empowered. I am grateful for
NEST’s efforts and look forward to a fruitful partnership and ensuring more opportunities in the Hospitality Sector.”
Hashoo Group is Pakistan’s premium conglomerate with a diversified business portfolio spanning both national and
international markets.

The Group owns and operates the Pearl-Continental Hotels & Resorts and PC Legacy & Hotel
One brands in Pakistan and has business interests encompassing the information technology, investment, travel &
tourism, and real-estate sectors.

Hashoo School of Hospitality Management (HSHM) is a leading institution in Pakistan’s hospitality and tourism
education sector dedicated to producing skilled professionals who will assume the role of future leaders in the
industry. HSHM, currently operating through campuses in Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi, and Lahore, continues to
expand its presence across major cities in Pakistan.
Together, NEST and HSHM signify a concerted effort to empower and propel aspiring professionals in Pakistan towards
a brighter future.