Pakistani students monthly stipend
Pak students not paid stipend in China since April
Lahore, Jan 31: Pakistani students, studying in China under the Cultural Exchange
Scholarship Programme of the federal government, are finding themselves stranded
as they have not been receiving their monthly stipend for almost nine
At present, over 300 Pakistani students are enrolled in various
Chinese universities and institutes of higher education for masters and doctoral
degrees in various fields, including engineering, sciences, medicine and social
In an email to this correspondent, some students mentioned
plight of the Pakistani students, saying the delay in monthly stipend was
creating problems for them. The students said they were scrutinised from across
the country through a testing process to get the 'Cultural Exchange Scholarship'
for higher studies and they were also entitled to get the per month stipend of
US $200 for masters and US $300 for doctoral programmes.
They said the monthly
stipend was stopped without any intimation from April 2009 and despite repeated
attempts, they were unable to have a clear picture of the whole situation.
"But for the last intake, September 2009 onwards, it was announced that
we were entitled to get US $ 300 and US $ 400 per month according the revised
project," they said, adding: "However, the announcement has been materialized."
The students said that despite repeated attempts, they never received a
satisfactory answer from the Ministry of Education, adding people at Pakistani
Embassy in China were so "cooperative" that they never bothered to receive the
phone calls and 'by chance when they receive they utter the same words which we
anticipate before calling them.'
"We, Pakistani students envy other
students of different countries who get the stipends from their respective
countries smoothly and on time," commented Mudassar Shah, a student of
Journalism and Information Communication at Huazhong University of Science and
Technology, Wuhan, China.
Khalid Khan, a PhD candidate at the Chemistry Huazhong
University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, and Zahoor Ahmed from the
Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, said most of the students belonged to
middle class families and many of them were even married.
"We cannot ask for our
monthly spending from our families back in our country," they said, adding:
"Although our prime duty is research but most of the time we have to cope with
financial matters that deal with our daily food and clothing."
be astonishing for you to know that few of us even take one time meal in a day
to survive the life," they added.
"Particularly during winter, China
experiences the worst cold and temperature goes -10, so we think hundreds of
times before buying warm clothes to protect ourselves," commented Mudassar
He said it was compulsory for doctoral degree candidates to publish
or present their scientific research work in esteemed and scholarly conferences
and journals but unfortunately, the financial constraints did not allow him and
his fellows to fulfill the basic requirements of the doctoral degree.
Pakistani students have also appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad
Chaudhry to take notice of the situation and provide them
Muzaffar Aman Zia, Deputy Education Advisor from the Ministry of
Education, said the delay was partly because of approval process of the revised
project under which the amount of stipend had been increased. He said the
ministry was trying hard to get the required funds released, adding that the
ministry had to receive funds for this particular project from the Higher
Education Commission (HEC).
He said the last batch, sent to China, was informed
that they might face delay in connection with the stipend. He, however, said the
stipend problem had started from July 2009, adding that a total of 302 Pakistani
students were enrolled in institutes of China at present.
HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail H Naqvi said the revision of the project took
time owing to which the students had to face the delay. He said so far the HEC
had received only 30 percent of the development funds, adding as soon as the
funds were released the students studying on scholarships abroad would be the
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Name: Usman Ahmad
City, Country: Fsd,PK
"hi can i apply for this scholarship if yes then how can i apply?"
Name: muhammad suleman
City, Country: lahore, pakistan
"I Muhammad Naeem have passed my 3year D A E in electronics technology from G C T Multan.in,first year(2007)I obtained 900l1000 marks and stood first in P B T E Lahore.In the 2nd year i secured 2012/2300 and attained 1st position,and in the 3rd year ,i attained 2918/3350 and topped in all province Punjab.In pursuit of these ambitions ,i have joined the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Training Institute for 3 years worth A M E_L W T R (AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEER -LICENSE WITH OUT TYPE RATING) at the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore its dues about 20000 per month (700000 for three i ,Muhammad Naeem have passed my 3year D A E in electronics technology from G C T Multan.in,first year(2007)I obtained 900l1000 marks and stood first in P B T E Lahore.In the 2nd year i secured 2012/2300 and attained 1st position,and in the 3rd year ,i attained 2918/3350 and topped in all province Punjab.In pursuit of these ambitions ,i have joined the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Training Institute for 3 years worth A M E L W T R (AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEER LICENSE WITH OUT TYPE RATNG). I come from poor family.My old parents are too poor to finance my education.due to these hardship,i am unable to continue my education ,but i am passion ate to study and also to earn a respectable living for my family.I humbly request you,kindly help me continue my studies so that i may become a competent Aircraft Maintenance engineer(A M E0and serve my country. Thank you ,Sir,and i humbly request for a prompt response. Yours very faithfully, Muhammad Naeem s/o shahroo khan (Muzaffargarh )"
Name: Muhammad Naeem
City, Country: lahore
"i m poor plzzzzz help me for further study L W T R (AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEER LICENSE WITH OUT TYPE RATNG). I come from poor family.My old parents are too poor to finance my education.due to these hardship,i am unable to continue my education ,but i am passion ate to study and also to earn a respectable living for my family.I humbly request you,kindly help me continue my studies so that i may become a competent Aircraft Maintenance engineer(A M E0and serve my country. Thank you ,Sir,and i humbly request for a prompt response. Yours very faithfully, Muhammad Naeem s/o shahroo khan (Muzaffargarh )"
Name: Ghullam Murtaza
City, Country: hyderabad
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Name: M.suhaib khan
City, Country: BANNU PAKISTAN
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Name: Roshan Ali
City, Country: Pakistan Uthal
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City, Country: HYDERABAD, PAKISTAN
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LUMS, FAST-NU fully-funded scholarships
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced enhancing of
fully-funded scholarships to 50 students each admitted to the Lahore University
of Management Sciences and FAST National University under their National
Outreach Programmes from the next year.
The fully-funded scholarships
will be given by the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF), when its existing
Rs4 billion endowment would rise to Rs6 billion in the next financial year. The
chief minister asked finance minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira to ensure Rs2 billion
allocation for the PEEF endowment fund every year till it would reach Rs10
billion in the next three years.
With this initiative, he said, the
LUMS' funds could be utilised to bring more poor but talented students in its
The chief minister was speaking at a PEEF function at his
secretariat organised to honour the 20 PEEF scholars, who got admission to LUMS
under its National Outreach Programme (NOP) on Saturday.
PEEF and LUMS will equally share to fully-fund the 20 scholars, selected and
admitted to the university by the LUMS management. Of 20 scholars, six belonged
to Sahiwal district, five to Lahore, three to Rawalpindi and one each to Rahim
Yar Khan, Vehari, Multan, Khanewal, Sargodha and Gujrat.
Mr Sharif said
the Punjab government had ensured that the talented students must be supported
so that they might not lose opportunity to get quality higher education, which
they deserve. "Till now, only money and `sifarish' have ruled and students
belonging to well-off families use to usurp all higher education facilities," he
By facilitating all the talented students in the province
through PEEF, the chief minister said it was a step to move towards "soft
revolution" and block the "bloody revolution" to take place in society.
The chief minister said no successive governments looked after the
talented students, as the politicians remained busy in getting loans and then
get them written off.
Mr Sharif, who himself is PEEF chairman, said fund
vice-chairman Dr Amjad Saqib had initially resisted the idea of partially
funding LUMS students selected through NOP, saying that this money could help
fund hundreds of students in the pubic sector higher education institutions.
The CM said he, however, insisted that the PEEF objectives would remain
unfulfilled, if talented students could not get to the world-renowned top
educational institutions in Punjab. He said the fund would help the impoverished
segments of society to grow and asked the PEEF scholars to be proud that they
won the scholarships despite acute financial constraints of their families.
Stating that the PEEF was utilising funds in a most transparent manner,
the chief minister said funding for talented students was the only way and a
sure recipe to empower youth.
The chief minister lauded the endeavours
of Syed Babar Ali bearing fruits in the shape of LUMS and added that he did what
the education department and the government should have done long ago. He urged
MNAs and MPAs to promote the cause of education and help poor but talented
Speaking on the occasion, LUMS vice-chancellor Dr Ahmed Jan
Durrani said almost half of the university students were on financial aid, while
about 20 per cent students were seeking quality education at LUMS, which was on
a par with world's top institutions like MIT. He vowed that the LUMS would
become MIT of Pakistan. He also told the PEEF scholars that he himself was an
example of achievement as he started his education in a public sector school
"Tat school" and rose to the position of the LUMS VC.
Arshad Husain said the university was giving `Qarz-i-Hasna' to its students on
only 10 per cent interest. He said the FAST-NU and PEEF had also signed an MoU
to jointly fund poor but talented students.
PEEF scholars' two
representatives Daniyal Khan and Syed Parveen Javed said it was a great
opportunity that they were able to seek education at LUMS, which never came to
their list of prospective institutions for being very expensive. "One never
knows where destiny takes you," the girl student said.
PEEF scholar Asim
Ali's father Munawwar Ahmad said he was working at a motorcycle workshop in
Sahiwal and had middle qualification, while his wife was illiterate. Another
scholar Haroon's father Fakhar Mumtaz said he was a tailor at Mayo Hospital's
orthopaedic workshop. Later, Chief Minister announced that Daanish School Project
has been 'squeezed' to setting up of three to five schools as a pilot project instead of
15 schools as decided earlier.
Visibly disturbed over the continuous criticism of the
Daanish schools having an estimated cost of Rs1 billion per school, the chief
minister said the initiative must be understood in a perspective that why such
an expensive brick and mortar project was launched.
"When Aitchison College was built or a Cadet College or a
large private school was built, no one made hue and cry because it was meant for
the elite class," he said.
The chief minister said this situation was
sending a feeling among poor segments of society that it was not their Pakistan,
demanding "this division and apartheid must be ended to stop the bloody
Admitting that the Daanish schools would involve huge
current expenditure, the chief minister said no one spoke about the billions of
rupees plundered by politicians.
He also regretted that 80 per cent of the population's
resources were being eaten up by 20 per cent population, depriving the have-nots
of even the most basic facilities of education and health.
Mr Sharif said
only talented students, having weak financial position, would be admitted to the
Daanish schools. At present, he said, construction is in progress in three
schools in south Punjab. Dawn
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UVAS to hold final exams 'online'
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS)
will hold online examinations for the final term of undergraduate and
postgraduate students at the varsity's city campus and Ravi campus
simultaneously, it has been learnt on Saturday.
The process consists of every
student solving his question paper while sitting on a computer. The examinations
will continue until February 13th. UVAS Vice Chancellor Dr Nawaz had directed
the university administration to introduce online examinations. Earlier, the
mid-term examinations of the students were also taken online, which proved to be
The university faculty and students have expressed their full
confidence in the process of online examinations and have hailed this as a
'positive' step by the administration. Daily times
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GCU marked Salam's anniversary
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Salam
Chair organised a special function in collaboration with the Jones Physics
Society to mark the 84th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Prof Abdus Salam.
The event was kicked off with the screening of a documentary about the
great scientist. A large number of photographs of Prof Abdus Salam were also put
Later, Prof G Murtaza gave a detailed biographical account
of Prof Salam's life, starting from his humble beginnings in his hometown Jhang
and from there to Government College Lahore and then on to Cambridge University
Dr Hassan Shah gave a brief introduction to the importance of the
theme of unification in Physics and explained why Prof Salam's work was
considered so important within the context of unification.
Dr Asim Malik
gave a talk on the electroweak theory, the work for which Prof Salam received
the Nobel Prize in 1979.
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Inter School Quiz
Lahore: Zabreen Tariq of the Punjab Girls High School
Township Branch has won the annual Inter School Quiz of the 5th brain of Lahore
competition on Saturday.
Chairman of Punjab Education Foundation Raja
Muhammad Anwar distributed the awards among the wining students.
Renowned columnist Munnu Bhai, Dr Ajmal Niazi, Tahir Yousaf, Chairman
TEDDS, and Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani, MD PEF, were also present.
Punjab Education Foundation Raja Muhammad Anwar said the Chief Minister had
initiated endowment fund project worth four billion rupees besides launching of
five billion rupees project under the umbrella of Punjab Education Foundation in
different districts of the Punjab.
The competition was arranged by the
Punjab Education Foundation at Trust school Thokar Niaz Baig campus in which 241
male and female students of private and public sector schools participated. The news
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School renovation left incomplete
Karachi: Residents of Mubarak Village are looking towards the government for
completion of repair work of a secondary school which was initiated two years
ago but was stopped without any reason.
The project was announced by Karachi
Nazim Mustafa Kamal during a visit to the village. He also issued necessary
directives to the departments concerned for repair/reconstruction of the
secondary school for boys.
However, all of a sudden the project's contractor
left the work half done causing disappointment among the villagers, students and
their parents in particular.
The girls primary school building is also in
dilapidated condition which was built several years ago but at present it direly
About 30 kilometres from the City's centre, the centuries-old
Mubarak Village is located in Keamari Town. It is a small but scenic fishermen's
hamlet, with a population of 10,000 Baloch people.
Fishing is their basic
source of income, they say. "Abject poverty has never allowed most villagers to
study. Lack of basic facilities including jetty, health, electricity and
education are the primary problems and the authorities are indifferent to their
plight, they complained.
"We had several times informed the government about
our problems but it has never paid heed to our complaints," says Khair Bibi, a
fisherwoman who lost her ailing daughter, Razia, on their way to City hospital.
She said a dispensary, established in 1996, was still without proper medical
facilities. No medical officer had ever been appointed in the village.
villagers said that the school project, announced two years ago, filled them
with hope but the project was left in midway. The nation
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