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'EU universities offering scholarships'
Karachi, Aug 24: A consortium of universities formed by the European Union (EU) Commission are offering scholarships for the students and faculty of some Asian seats of higher learning, including the University of Karachi (KU). KU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi stated this, on Tuesday. She said that over 100 scholarships would be offered to the students and faculty of the Asian universities, including KU. Other universities are of India, China, Bangladesh and Nepal. Known as Erasmus Mundus, the scholarships are fully funded for the European universities for the period 2011-2014.

Dr Shahana, who is coordinator in Pakistan for this scholarship programme, said that an introductory seminar would be organised at the KU Campus on Aug 25 (tomorrow) at 10:00am for all those who are interested in securing such scholarships for year 2012. During the seminar the attendees would be briefed about details of the scholarships finalised at the recently held meeting in Beijing, which was attended by Dr Shahana. She said that there are three target groups for these scholarships. First, the students and staff registered at KU. Second, students registered in higher educational institutions and thirdly, the students who are in vulnerable and deprived areas including floods and disaster-hit. Dr Shahana said that seven KU students were selected for these scholarships last year and they are about to proceed to respective universities. app

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Rs1029m budget approved for medical varsity
Larkana: Syndicate of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SBBMU) at a meeting held at its camp office at Chandka Medical College here on Tuesday approved a budget of Rs1029 million for the fiscal 2011-2012, with a deficit of Rs322.582 million.

The meeting was presided over by Sindh minister for Law Ayaz Soomro.

Presenting the budget, finance director of the university Nooruddin Shaikh said that total receipts would stand at Rs706.472 million while the university would overcome the deficit from the direct grant of Sindh government.

Giving the break-up of the income estimates, he said Rs550 million, Rs20 million and Rs100 million would come from grant- in-aid of government of Sindh, Higher Education Commission and seed money, respectively.

Apprising the participants about salient features of the budget, the director finance said that Rs304 million have been allocated for SBBMU, Rs406 million for Chandka Medical College, Rs243 million for Ghulam Mohammed Mahar Medical Colleg, Sukkur, Rs55 million for Bibi Asifa Dental College, Larkana, and Rs20 million for Benazir Institute of Nursing and Community Health Sciences, respectively.

The two medical colleges - the dental college and the institute - are the constituent institutions of SBBMU. The lion's share of the budget which is not reflected in the budget documents would go for the salaries of faculty and staff, he added.

The Director Finance said that Rs44.4 million have been earmarked for undertaking necessary civil work of SBBMU while Rs10 million were kept for hiring faculty from the market.

The Vice-Chancellor of SBBMU, Professor Dr Akbar Haidar Soomro, said the university was in dire need of funds to jack up the work on constructing Intensive Care Unit, Bibi Asifa Dental College and Benazir Institute of Nursing and Community Health

Sciences. Currently, the university was spending money from its last year's savings on the projects, he added.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Ayaz Soomro said that SBBMU would soon get a grant of Rs1 billion announced by President Asif Ali Zardari adding that with the special grant of Rs5.5 million by Sindh government, the internal road network of CMC was being revamped.

The meeting unanimously passed the budget for the year 2011-2012.

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Khairpur varsity VC accused of discrimination
Khairpur: Academic staff of the Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) on Wednesday continued its protest against the policies adopted by Vice Chancellor Dr Nilofer Shaikh.

Teachers associated with Shah Abdul Latif University Teachers' Association (SALUTA) took out a procession from Department of Economics to the VC office where they staged a sit-in for two hours. They were carrying banners inscribed with their demands.

Earlier, speaking at a meeting on Monday evening, SALUTA president Dr Abdul Majeed Chandio, accused the vice-chancellor of behaving like a bureaucrat and her partial attitude had compelled them to lodge a protest against her.

He accused the vice-chancellor of adopting a discriminatory attitude and ignoring merit in awarding foreign scholarships under the Faculty Development and Strengthening Project approved by the Higher Education Commission.

He said university teachers, who had cleared the GRE test, were not awarded foreign scholarships for advanced studies and those who had cleared the viva voce for PhD were not being awarded thus the career of these meritorious teachers was being destroyed. Dawn

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