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Pakistan Exchange Program for Female Scholars

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Program Description

In collaboration with the United States Consulate General in Lahore, Pakistan, the Visiting International Professional Program at Michigan State University (MSU), U.S. is offering a two-week exchange program for six female ulemas from Punjab to learn about best practices on inter-faith harmony for community and peace building. The goal of the exchange program is to forge deep understanding of the role of faith centers in the U.S. society and the role as a leader in religious institutions and communities, which shall encourage the participants to reflect on their own leadership in their community. The selected candidates are expected to take back some of the best practices of peace and community building through inter-faith initiatives to their organization and community.

The two-week program will take the selected ulemas scholars to Michigan, Houston, and Washington D.C. The trip is tentatively planned to take place in April 2022 (final dates to be determined depending on the global pandemic situation.)

Meet the Scholars

After receiving over seventy applications and many interviews, we were excited to select six excellent candidates who will bring richness and diversity of expertise and experiences from Punjab. Learn about the scholars below. We hope to feature more about their stories when they arrive in the U.S., tentatively in April 2022.

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Maria Abbas


Teacher at Madrasah Khair-ul-Huda

Multan, Pakistan







Shumaila Azhar


Teacher/Teaching Management Planner at Khadija tul Kubra

Lahore, Pakistan




 Sajila Kausar


Assistant Professor of Department of Islamic Studies at The Islamia University of Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur, Pakistan






Sidra Rasool


Lecturer at Lahore College for Women’s University/Chairperson for Serving Spirits

Lahore, Pakistan





Rahat Shahid


Lecturer at Forman Christian College University

Lahore, Pakistan






Sarwat Sultan


Chairperson of Department of Applied Psychology at Bahauddin Zakariya University

Multan, Pakistan





Program Contact Information

Lynn Zhou, Program Coordinator

Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP)

Michigan State University                                                                                                          




Download the Program Flyer(PDF)

Click Here for Urdu Translation (PDF)


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This exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State 
and administered by Michigan State University.