Chevening scholarships for study in UK
11 Pakistanis get Chevening scholarship
Islamabad, Aug 27: The British Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Peter Tibber
on Thursday distributed certificates among eleven Pakistani nationals
who have been awarded Chevening scholarships for study in the UK.
British Chevening Scholarship Programme is a dynamic professional
development opportunity, designed to identify and support the leaders of
next generation across the globe. The scholars will study topics
including law and human rights, economics, finance and journalism.
Chevening programme is a testament of close ties between the UK and
Pakistan in the field of education. I congratulate this year's Chevening
scholars for their remarkable achievement. I believe that both the
countries benefit from the sharing of ideas and learning that results
from the Chevening programme," said Peter.
One of the scholars,
who is from South Waziristan and will be studying Law and Human Rights
under the programme, said "Human rights is a growing social problem in
South Waziristan and I hope my studies will help me serve the masses and
make themaware them of their fundamental rights. Daily times
"I have completed my graduation from Forman Christian College (A Charted University) now i want to do masters from U.K"
Name: komal Aslam
City, Country:(Lahore, Pakistan)
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A pity that Pindi has very few govt boys colleges!
Rawalpindi: After passing the secondary school
certificate (matric) examination, most of the students, particularly
with not very good marks, are running from pillar to post to get
admission in some government college in intermediate class for doing
FA/F.Sc etc. However because of only a few govt colleges and thus
limited number of seats, most of them find it hard to get admission.
Most of them are trying to approach some political leader or some other
influential person to seek his help in getting admission.
Rawalpindi there are only four govt colleges which are normally the
first choice of students and parents because colleges in private sector
charge exorbitant fees which are out of the reach of poor students.
Parents said that seats in government colleges are
very limited. They said, "We cannot afford to bear the high fees of
private colleges. In this situation it has become very difficult for us
to give quality education to our children. There is a dire need of more
government colleges for boys here," they said complaining that there are
umpteen colleges for girls but boys have always been neglected by
successive governments which they termed unfair.
Ikram Ali a father,
said that his son had got second division in matriculation and he
applied in three government colleges for admission but his name was not
there in the first merit list in any college because of his lower grade.
"We are afraid that the seats are very limited in government colleges
whereas the merit is very high and everyone is also trying to approach
the political leader for their reference to get admission," he observed
said, "I am not in a position to get my son admitted in a private
college because of their very high fees. There are very few government
colleges in Rawalpindi and Islamabad is far away. The Punjab Education
Department should pay heed to the fact that after the nationalization of
Hashmat Ali Islamia College way back in early seventies not a single
college for boys has been established. We have only Gordon College, Govt
College Asghar Mall, Govt College Satellite Town and Govt H A Islamia
College. In short not a single college for boys has been opened in about
37 years in this now sprawling city. This should be a point to ponder,"
he said ruefully.
Asad Khan another father said that everyone is in
the race to get his son admitted in government colleges because of the
discipline and affordable fees. "But people like me who don't have any
reference are disappointed. The name is not in the first merit list. We
vainly hope for the second or third lists. Most of such students cannot
continue their education. This is causing frustration in society," he
He said that private colleges must lower their fee structure
so that boys of poor families too could get education in their
"Admission in a government college in one of the main
problems for students if they don't have good first division," said
another father Muhammad Majid. He said that although some private
institutions are giving reasonably good education but there is lack of
discipline and their fees are so high. It is also impossible for a low
paid employee to bear the high fees of private schools. "The concerned
authorities should open at least four to six colleges in different parts
of the city on top priority basis. Till this is done at least number of
seats in government colleges must be increased to accommodate most of
the students," he added.
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IIU extends admission date of Iqra Centre
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) has extended the date of
admissions for various disciplines in its Iqra Centre for Technical
Education affiliated with Board of Technical Education
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The decision has been made in a view with the flood
disaster, said Iqra Centre Principle Engineer Abdul Majeed Mirza in a
statement issued on Thursday. He said that Iqra Centre facilitates
students in diploma courses of Civil Mechanics, Electronics, Electrical
and Computer Information Technology, Auto and Diesel Technology and
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology. The news
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QAU seminar highlights importance of rock paintings
Islamabad: Quaid-e-Azam University's (QAU)
Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America organised a
seminar on 'American Discoveries in South Asia' here on Thursday with Dr
John Mock of the University of California, USA, as a keynote speaker.
Mock shared his research work with students and members of faculty on
the occasion. Mock's accomplishment lies in finding an abundant material
that could be used by social science researchers to re-write the human
He lately discovered vast quantities of ancient rock paintings
that describe life in the Wakhan area of Afghanistan. Speaking on the
occasion, Mock opined there was no substitute for researchers to visit
historical sites personally in order to verify their research. "Such
research can be doubled checked against historical narratives," he
stressed. He said that social scientists usually analyzed existing
information and seldom came across original sources while conducting
research. "By visiting historical sites, researchers can not only
understand the theory but this investigation also enables them to
produce much better product of research," he added. Mock gave a
presentation on Wakhan's rock paintings through a slide. Most of these
paintings are quite detailed, large in size and finely crafted.
the figures are of humans who are riding horses. One sees men in
special attire, riding horses that appear to have bridles. Some of the
paintings depict hunting and war scenes and others are pastoral
depictions. "I carefully pondered over the issues raised by Sir Mark
Aurel Stein who was the first to visit the area in 1906," Mock said.
Stein was to become founder of the Peshawar Museum later on and went to
Wakhan on a relatively quick trip but did not even notice these
paintings. Local people think that angels or fairies (Ferishtas) made
these paintings. Daily times
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