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HEC's scholarship programme faces funds shortage

Funds shortage hits HEC's scholarship programme
Islamabad, Apr 12: Resource constraint has prevented the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan from sending abroad on scholarship more than 550 qualified candidates who are waiting for the last three years after completing the selection process.

According to sources, these candidates have qualified for studies on scholarships in countries like France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Holland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea and Canada. They were selected after passing the NTS (National Testing Service) and the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) tests and other tests for these scholarships as required by the HEC.

The sources confirmed that lack of funds for was the only reason why these candidates had not been sent abroad yet. Normally, the whole process should not take more that a year.

Sajid Khan, a candidate who has been qualified for MS leading to PhD in Batch-II, said: "I have passed all the tests and interviews and my language test, which was to take place in January 2010 was cancelled and the HEC has failed to tell us the exact status of our scholarships."

The HEC authorities say they have no funds to send the students aboard for higher studies although US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during her last visit to Pakistan, had announced $4 million dollar donation to the HEC.

Adviser Human Resource Department (HRD), Dr. Riaz Qureshi of the HEC said: "This is not a dead case and is in process. As far as the delay in the departure of these students is concerned, there are a number of issues and problems in the countries they have applied for." The news

Documents of 21 students misplaced by HEC
Islamabad: Documents of 21 students seeking education in British educational institutions have gone missing.

Informed sources said on Sunday the British High Commission had sent in August 2009 educational documents of the 21 students to Higher Education Commission for verification, but were reportedly 'misplaced' by HEC officials.The sources said that despite repeated reminders from the British High Commission to the Foreign Office, Islamabad, no clue to the missing documents had been found.

The sources said the BHC had sent many reminders to Pakistani authorities for return of the documents as early as possible because the students' time was being wasted, but to no avail.

They said that after an internal investigation, the HEC lodged a police case on the complaint of its legal adviser Hafiz Aqueel against a former assistant for mishandling the documents.

The legal adviser held Bashir Ahmed responsible for misplacing the documents. However, the accused nominated in the FIR has not been arrested so far as he has been absent from duty for the last 18 months.

A Pakistani investigation agency has still been probing into hundreds of Pakistani passports. According to media reports, the problem started last year when the BHC decided to send Pakistani passports to Abu Dhabi for 'decision making' for final approval of visas.

One of the consignments as had been reported was seized by UAE authorities who got suspicious of the transfer of a large number of passports. However, the matter was eventually resolved, but not before a large number of passports had gone missing.

A source close to police said that the investigation into the 'missing' educational documents was likely to be launched by a Pakistani investigating agency. Dawn

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'Spring Splash' at Preston University
Islamabad: Preston University will hold a weeklong festival 'Spring Splash' from April 12 to 18.

Inter university competitions will be highlights of the festival. Students will take part in painting and sketching competitions besides debates, dramas, bridal dressmaking, recital of Naat and singing. Sports competitions including T-20 cricket, badminton and table tennis will also be organised.

Other activities will include Roll of Honour Award ceremonies, Mehfil-e-Mushaira, Alumni Dinner and a musical concert. app

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Islamic heritage exhibition at IIUI
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) will arrange the 'Islamic heritage exhibition' beginning on Monday to celebrate the university's golden jubilee year.

"The exhibition would reflect diversity of culture of Muslim world as well as of the countries where Muslims are in minority," IIUI President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui said.

The exhibition will contain cultural artefacts, including dress, pottery, paintings, photographs, foods, music, art and literature, he added.

He said the university's students from 42 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE, China and Afghanistan, would jointly organise the exhibition. The students will get the artefacts from their embassies. Dawn

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