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Students bemoan delay in PITB scholarships release
Lahore, Dec 12: The silence of the Punjab government over award of scholarships to selected candidates under the previous government's initiative, Outstanding Talent Development Scholarship, has been greatly irking the students and their worried parents.

The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) had announced the scholarships (Phase-II) in April 2007 for BS, MS and MPhil/PhD students in areas of Computer Science, Information Technology, IT Management, Telecom Engineering, Electrical/Computer/Software Engineering, Mathematics and MIS/Management/ Information Systems for Punjab domiciled, academically talented and financially needy students.

The deadline for the project was twice extended with September 29, 2007, as the last day to apply. After selection of the successful candidates, scholarship deed was signed by students and their parents/guardians. However, since then the selected students have been waiting for funds from the government to pay for their studies.

Interestingly, some recipients of the scholarship had even completed their studies but were still waiting for funds. Their institutions have refused to issue their degrees, which have been adding to their miseries.

One such student, Usman Khalid, said that after signing of the deed, assurances were given by PITB officials that the funds would be released immediately but to no avail.

He said he completed his post graduation from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) under varsity's study-loan keeping in view the same would be covered by the PITB scholarship. "The amount outstanding against me is still Rs 52,791", he said, adding, "I would not be able to attend my convocation if I do not repay the loan." He said on June 18, 2008, he registered a complaint at the Punjab Chief Secretary Complaint Cell (Complain No 102) after which some PITB officials contacted him and assured that the scholarship issue would be resolved within 15 days.

Usman further said afterwards he personally met PITB officials and even registered another complaint (No 490) at the Chief Secretary's Complaint Cell but received only verbal assurances without any outcome. He said selected students were quite upset because of the unavailability of the funds.

To a question, Usman said he had now planned to pay the remaining loan himself so that he could attend the convocation to receive his degree. Recently, in a letter, another student Saqib Saghir had highlighted similar issue requesting the Punjab chief minister to take note of the delay to save students and their families from suffering.

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"I am Student at Punjab University College of Information Technology. I am also facing delay in the scholarship ."
Name: Umer
Email: umer05@hotmail.com
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"same the case for me i m doing electrical engineering frm punjab uni n now entring in finalyear but no signs of the scholarship which were anounced for the talented students after a long procedure ."
Name: zuhair
Email: zuhairzahidz@yahoo.com
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"i m also student of electrical engg uet lahore & victim of pitb delay in scholarship.i even sent complaint to chief minister complaint cell.serial no, was cms 13268.i again sent more two complaints but no response. where is our beloved chief minister????plz do us a favour and issue our scholarship."
Name: muhammad zeeshan safdar
Email: innocentkiller93@yahoo.com
City, Country: muzaffargarh, Pakistan

"I am student in International Islamic University and a victum of pitb. "
Name: Zulfiqar Ali
Email: sun12345.ali@gmail.com
City, Country: Pindi Bhattian, Pakistan

"I was also selected for the scholarship but even after completing the education from FAST Lahore I am still unable to get the scholarship. Now I have received a letter from PITB for the scholarship and request all the candidates of OTS to keep in touch with each other."
Name: Ahmad Faras
Email: ahmadfaras@gmail.com
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"Heard they are giving the scholarships now please every one contact PITB to know the latest status"
Name: Usman
Email: ooze8@hotmail.com
City, Country:RWP

"Is there any one who has got the letter from university about PITB?"
Name: zain
Email: zaingoraya@yahoo.com
City, Country:Lahore

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Punjab University's Flawed Security Exposed Once Again
Lahore: The recent incident of violence at the Punjab University (PU) New Campus in which a number of students got injured has once again exposed varsity's flawed security arrangements. The incident took place at one of the hostels in which some students were not only shot at and injured but were also severely beaten-up.

Earlier a cache of weapons including assault riffles and hand-grenades were discovered from a ground near PU hostels at New Campus in September.

The discovery of arms had raised several questions especially regarding varsity security arrangements as to how weapons come into the campus.

Afterwards, a high-level meeting chaired by PU vice chancellor and attended by deans and senior professors had decided to enhance the security arrangements by installing close circuit TV cameras (CCTVs), arranging training for security guards and issuing stickers for vehicles entering the university. However, it proved a mere "discussion" as the plan was not executed.

PU teachers and students have once again expressed concerns over "poor" security, saying that the violence might have been averted last week if the administration had beefed up the security after it stumbled upon ammunition a couple of months ago. The News

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Traffic jams on Jail Road: KC, LCWU students scared to use pedestrian bridges
Lahore: The City District Government Lahore's efforts to manage traffic at the Jail Road by constructing two pedestrian bridges, seem to have been in vain as the students of the Kinnarid College (KC) and the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) are not using them.

The bridges have been constructed outside the two colleges to solve traffic problems that arise during college hours. However, commuters complain that traffic jams are still a routine.

Traffic wardens deployed outside the two schools said that they needed the co-operation of the KC and LCWU administrations in educating students about using the bridges.

They said that school vans and girls crossing the road in groups were major causes of traffic jams.

However, LCWU Communication Adviser Dr Anjum Zia said that she did not see any girl using the overhead bridge, adding that the university had previously opposed the construction of bridge because it was a "threat to their security and privacy".

Height: Anjum said that girls did not use the bridge because they were scared of heights, adding that traffic wardens were more useful to solve traffic problems than the bridges.

Rida Fatima, an LCWU student, said that she had used the bridge only once to check the view from it.

"Crossing the road is more easy than climbing the bridge, which is an exhaustive job," she said, adding that she would recommend girls use the bridge.

Arshad Malik, owner of a shop outside the KC, said that it was rare to see students using the bridges.

He said that the government had installed lights and flowers on the bridges to attract students but that would take time.

A KC faculty member said that most girls did not use the bridge as they found it inconvenient and time-consuming.

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GCU secures second prize in chrysanthemum show 2008
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Horticultural Society has secured the second prize in the chrysanthemum show, 2008, held at the Race Course Park.

Other participants included Aitchison College, Millat Tractor, Jinnah Bagh and various others.

GCU students secured the three top positions in the category of individual prizes in the central table, and won the second prize in the corner table competition. The winners of the show include Sidra Waheed, Izzah Shahid, M Atif Khan, Saher Khalid, Joinda Khan and Zaheer. National Bank Chairman Javaid Iqbal Awan awarded the shield and certificates to the winners. Daily Times

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