Australian scholarships programme
New phase of AusAID Pakistan scholarships programme
Islamabad, Feb 19: Australian High Commissioner Timothy George launched on
Thursday a new phase of the AusAID Pakistan scholarships programme.
programme has been redesigned in consultation with the Pakistani government to
increasingly align its objectives with Pakistan's development priorities.
Future awards will focus on maternal, neonatal and child health; basis
education; rural development and food security; and governance.
revised selection process includes specific measures to ensure gender equality
and that scholarships are accessible to people with disabilities. Candidates
from Balochistan, the North West Frontier Province and the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas will be par- ticularly encouraged to apply.
Target candidates include policy-makers, practitioners and advocates in
government and civil society organisations. At the completion of their studies,
scholars will return to Pakistan to contribute to the development of the
Many previous scholarship holders have become leaders in
government, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.
new phase of the AusAID Pakistan scholarships programme will also see the
establishment of an alumni network.
Last month, 51 Pakistan recipients
of AusAID scholarships travelled to Australia to commence their studies at
universities throughout the country.
In March, the next round of
scholarships will be advertised throughout Pakistan, inviting applications for
45 master's level awards to study in Australian universities.
September 2009, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd announced a further
expansion of AusAID's scholarships programme in Pakistan, with 100 additional
scholarships, specifically those focusing on agricultural studies, over next
Later, a delegation of AusAID visited the secretariat of
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and explored possible avenues of
cooperation and support the programme.
AusAID is already in contact with
BISP development partners like USAID and the World Bank.
Chairperson Farzana Raja informed the delegation that the programme was making
headway in introducing new initiatives for alleviation of poverty and making the
poorest of the poor section of the society financially independent. Dawn
"How can we apply for this scholarship? anyone has the procedure so plz do mail me all of the details regards; shahzeb rafiq"
City, Country: karachi ,pakistan
"how can i apply for this scholorship.anyone have the details ,please send me through e-mail.Thanks"
Name: mohsin raza
City, Country: lahore, pakistan
"i am a student of M.phil 1st semester bio chemistry in Quid i azam university islamqabad and i belong to a poor faimly so it is very difficult for me to continue my study."
Name: rahman ali
City, Country: fata, pakistan
"thats nice and a good news for all pakistanis that we can go through the scholarship and can be able to continue our studies in the universties of Australlia. But it is requested that if anyone knows entire process regarding scholarship please do inform me on above mentioned email. thanks"
Name: zahid ali
City, Country:shikarpur pakistan
"I am PhD scholar In Quaid-i-Azam university Islamabad.I offer myself for the said scholarship. I hope that you will me in this connection"
Name: Amir Badshah
"I have done MBBS and i want to MPH so please select me"
Name: Sher Haider
"im so pleased that the Australian Goverment has launched the scholarships for pakistani srudents.The Australian Goverment is able for high priorities that they are contributing there services in educational sector for pakistani students."
"i recently done my master in gender studies from Quaid-i-Azam university which is very much new decipline in pakistan similarly i belong to malakand division of (khyber pukhtoonkwah)pakistan which is very remote area in 2007-08 this area was the victim of taliban and now got effected due to flood so i want to get higher education throgh australian scholership i hope you will select me. thanks."
Name: qadir khan
"DEAR SIR, I AM FROM SWAT.I HAVE LOST MY WHOLE FAMILY IN RECENT FLOOD OUR HOUSE AND ALL ARE DEMOLISHI IN FLOOD.I AM THE STUDENT OF BACHLOR DEGREE IN BIOTECHNOLOGY IN PESHAWAR UNIVERSITY.NOW I AM IN 3RD YEAR.I WANT TO COMPLET MY BACHLOR IN AUSTRALIA BY GETTING THE SCHOLORSHIP. PLZ HELP ME IN THIS REGARD AND REPLY ME.I HAVE DONE MY ALL EDUCATION WITH BEST MARKS."
Name: nasar ali
City, Country: swat,pakistan
"i have done my mbbs recently. plz inform me about the procedure of this scholorship.thanks"
Name: akbar ali
City, Country: fata pakistan
"I am a student of F.sc. I have got 986 marks out of 1100. I belong to poor and flood affected area of Pakistan. Please give me scholarship without any dues. Thanks"
Name: Syed Aqdas Mehdi Shah Kazmi
City, Country: Layyah,PAKISTAN
"I am master of commerce and belong FATA kurram Agency Parachinar. How I apply for Australia scholarship to get higher education. Please send detail information through Email. Thanks"
Name: Sayed ZAhid Hussain
City, Country:Parachinar, Pakistan
"i belong to poor family and student off acca and can not afford all expenses so plz help mein study"
Name: duniya khan
"I am civil engineer and i wish to complet my m.s How can i apply for this scholarshiam"
"respected sir,i am MBBS doctor.i belong to waziristan a very backward area regarding education.i want to do MPH or even clinical studies in australia.. kindly do inform me if there is any chance. thanking you."
"Salam sir, i have done my BDS recently and i want to improve my education further. i wish it comes true. i will be oblige.?"
Name: Manzoor khan
City, Country: Fata, Pakistan
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AIOU announces BEd exam results
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced the results of
final examinations of Bachelors of Education (BEd) programme for the Semester
Spring 2009, said AIOU Controller Examinations Hafeez-Ullah in a press release
He said result cards were being sent by post to the students at
their given addresses.
The students could also download their result from
the website www.aiou.edu.pk, he added.
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AIOU daily wagers
Islamabad: Around 450 workers of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), most of
them engaged for over a decade, are daily wagers. They are contracted for 89
days and after gape of one day their contracts are renewed.
Registrar M Ismail Fahmi said that an employee hired in scale two
received Rs 253 daily, however if he didn't show up in the office for any reason
he won't be paid.
He was reluctant to share the AIOU's policy about daily
wagers. He said only the registrar, Ilyas Ahmed, could tell the rational behind
this policy. The registrar was unavailable at office and on phone for comments.
Zahid Majeed, AIOU Academic Staff Association general secretary, said the
administration did not advertise posts for daily wagers, so there was no
criterion for their hiring. In any case, the fate of daily wagers rested on the
mood of their immediate supervisors since they could be hired or fired even
without a short notice.
"A lower division cleric has been working for the
last seventeen years on daily basis but has not been regularized as yet. When
AIOU is using his services for so many years, why don't they regularize him?
Muhammad Shafiq, an LDC, has completed his 17 years of service and had he been a
regular employee, he would have been entitled to pension after 25 years of
service," he said.
Employees Welfare Association President Malik Saeed said
lower division clerics (LDC) were the backbone of the institution.
wagers are paid on attendance basis so they are not entitled to get money on
Sundays or even on national holydays. The international Labour Day is also a
doom day for AIOU's daily wager since they do get a day off, but without money,"
A naib qasid said, "When I go home I am not sure if there will be a
tomorrow for me in the office. Insecurity prevails."
"They don't raise their
voice fearing that the administration might terminate them. It is inhuman not to
regularize those who are working for years. Daily wagers' experience is not
counted so they cannot get jobs on the behalf of the previous record of their
service," Prof Rasheed Khalid of QAU lamented.
A female in IT department said
that she had worked as a daily wager in AIOU for three years before getting a
regular job. " Being a daily wager, I always felt insecure," she said.
is another side of the story: when some are being exploited, others are
Director Regional Services (DRC) Ali Asghar Hussnain was hired
as a daily wager after his retirement for 89 days. It was an exception that this
post was widely advertised, against which AIOU received more than 30
Sources said the applicants were PHD degree holders but none
of them was called for interview other than Hussnain. "Now he is working on this
post for one and a half years as his contract is renewed on every 90th day after
a gap of one day," a representative of AIOU Academic Staff Association
He said the contract was renewed after 89 days with a gap of one day
because upon completion of 90 days of service, the university was bound to give
the employee some benefits.
Dr Saqib Riaz, of the AIOU, said advertisement,
short listing and interviews were mandatory for regular appointments. "But daily
wagers usually come from backdoors. They are put in offices by some influential
people." Daily times
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Protest against proposal to privatise Tevta
Rawalpindi: Teachers and students of Government Commerce College held a protest rally against the proposed
privatisation of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta),
urging the Punjab government to take the proposal back.
started from the college premises and ended at Haideri Chowk on Saidpur Road
where the protesters raised slogans against the proposal of handing over Tevta
to private sector, said a college lecturer.
Participants of the rally
led by Imdadullah, president United Teachers Association Punjab Rawalpindi
chapter, blocked the road for sometime and later dispersed peacefully.
He said future of thousands of students and teachers would be at stake
if Tevta was handed over to private sector. Dawn
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Student loan programme
Islamabad: Financially disadvantaged youths' access to higher education in
Pakistan is alarmingly low, Higher Education Commission (HEC) observed on
Thursday during a national videoconference for developing new student loan
HEC organised the conference under the USAID funded programme,
which aims at providing technical assistance to HEC and USAID-partner
universities across Pakistan in financial aid and fundraising. Representatives
from Ministry of Finance, International Finance Corporation, State Bank of
Pakistan (SBP) and public and private sector universities took part in
While chairing the meeting, HEC Member Operations and Planning
Dr Mukhtar Ahmed observed that the current situation of access to higher
education in Pakistan was alarmingly low. He declared the financial constraints
as one of the major reasons. The participants said due to the high cost of
higher education most of financially disadvantaged youths remained deprived of
The meeting focused on different student loan models,
policy issues, the feasibility and practicality of such initiatives, risks and
mitigation strategies, the role of universities, HEC and the SBP.
high-level working group has been established to analyse strategies and options
for creating a national student loan programme.
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Online learning plan
Islamabad: The City School has launched online learning in
its branches throughout the country.
By launching this state-of-the-art
instructional approach, the school is on the creative end to exhibit and
implement the potential of e-technology.
The school envisions transforming the
traditional educational experience into something more interactive, rich and
meaningful for students.
This new implementation will create a culture of
leadership, authenticity and accountability in education by providing teachers,
administrators, students, parents and support staff with the best tools
available for aligning resources with evidence based outcomes.
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Pashto stories in English
Peshawar: The English version of 'Fifty Million,' a collection of a dozen short
stories, is set to hit the stalls after being published in the United
Authored in Pashto by Abdul Wakil Sulamal Shinwari, an Afghan
literatus, the book was first translated into Urdu and now into English.
Committed to promoting Pashto culture and literature, an Islamabad-based young
journalist Rashid Khattak, has translated the book into
Published by a US publisher - Dorrance Publishing Co Inc,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - the 63-page book carries short stories almost all
about the situation in Afghanistan, particularly during the Taliban
The author has selected some very interesting topics and tried his
pen on them. Having a taste of reality, each and every story attracts the
attention of the reader, who gets so much involved in it after reading a single
line that he wants to finish up the entire book in one reading.
Pashto and Urdu versions of the book were worth reading, so is the English one.
The translator, who works with an English-language daily and himself is a poet
and writer, has done justice with the book in translating it into English. The
translation has not affected the literary taste and fluency of the contents of
It is a difficult job to convert specific expressions into an
alien language but the translator has managed to find out the right words and
phrases for each and every expression to maintain the flavour of the original
The title of the book - 'Fifty Million' - has been derived from
the main story of the book that chronicles the impact of the US announcement
fixing head money for capturing - dead or alive - the most wanted Osama bin
The author narrates the story of a former 'holy warrior' as how
much he thinks, discusses, plans and struggles for getting the head money
amounting to $50 million. And finally he manages to get a small amount of money,
by killing his own brother.
The writer has put his thoughts and what he
knew in black and white at a time when the people he has written about were all
powerful on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border. The news
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