Cambridge scholarships for Pakistani students
Cambridge trust seeks funds to raise scholarships for Pakistani students
Karachi, Jan 26: The Cambridge
Commonwealth Trust is looking for partners in Pakistan to help increase the
number of scholarships being offered to Pakistani students at the University of
Discussions with the Higher Education Commission are also under way to
establish a postgraduate scholarship scheme at the doctoral level for all
academic disciplines this year.
These views were shared on Tuesday by Micheal O' Sullivan CMG,
director of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust.
Mr Sullivan spent much of his earlier career in China, serving as the director
of the British Council, and later as the secretary-general of the European
Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Sullivan is visiting Pakistan to hold meetings with eminent educationists,
businessmen, diplomats and alumni of the Oxford and Cambridge universities to
raise scholarship funds for Pakistani students.
Mr Sullivan said the trust was established in 1982 by the University of
Cambridge, as a charity to support students from member countries of the
Commonwealth, who wished to study at Cambridge. Scholarships were awarded on
degree courses of all levels, both undergraduate and postgraduate.
"We have always offered scholarships to Pakistan since the formation of the
trust. However, the types of scholarships have changed over the years. Many
scholarships are openly competed for while some are specific in nature as we
work with different partners," he said.
Regarding the objectives of his visit, he said that his aim was to provide
opportunities to talented students from less privileged backgrounds to study at
an institution of excellence, but this was not possible without the availability
of adequate funding.
"We started the 800th anniversary scholarships for undergraduates in 2008 in
Pakistan with the support of the Cambridge Assessment (Pakistan) and the
University of Cambridge and would like it to expand it further by increasing the
"At Cambridge, the IDB (Islamic Development Bank) offers PhD scholarships in
science and technology to students from all member countries, including those
from Pakistan. The Noon Educational Foundation (Pakistan) is also supporting a
scholarship programme at the university," he said, adding that students could
also apply for the Commonwealth Shared Cambridge scholarships meant for one-year
postgraduate studies and being run with the support from the British
Answering a question as to why the 800th anniversary scholarships were not
being offered in medicine and veterinary medicine, he said the reasons included
the high cost of education. Besides, access to those programmes was limited by
the government quota.
Every year, 10 to 20 students from Pakistan studied at the Cambridge
University with the trust's support. "We get a fairly good number of
applications and there is no fixed quota for students who are selected according
to the set criteria. Sixty-seven Pakistani students with scholarships have
studied at Cambridge over the last five years in its undergraduate and
postgraduate programmes," he said.
According to Mr Sullivan, the trust is currently supporting 577 students from
29 countries of the Commonwealth, including 34 students from Pakistan.
China topped the list of students securing scholarships, followed by the
United States and India. The trend was also reflective of the number of students
studying at the institution.
He said undergraduate students who went through the Cambridge or the IB
(International Baccalaureate) system were likely to be called for
"This is a practical constraint. Fortunately, in Pakistan there are many
schools offering the Cambridge system where support from philanthropists is also
available. So, access to studying at a prestigious institution is not limited in
Referring to the Gates scholarship programme at Cambridge, he said the highly
competitive postgraduate scholarships were open to all nationalities and were
fully funded by the foundation.
Apart from considering academic excellence and individual motivation,
students were also examined for leadership skills, which was not part of the
selection criteria for other scholarships.
According to Mr Sullivan, Gates Cambridge scholarships were gained by one
Pakistani scholar in 2008-09 and two in 2009-10.
Asked about the utility of investing in foreign student scholarships in
developing countries where most students did not return to their home country,
Mr Sullivan said it was a question of employment opportunities and quality of
"There are developing countries which are encouraging their nationals to
return and work. For instance, China has started many attractive progrmames for
this purpose. Brazilian students studying abroad are now inclined towards
returning to their homeland because of the growing economy of their
Regarding the performance of Pakistani students, he said they were highly
motivated and had a good reputation at Cambridge. "Many of them are studying as
science and engineering students. I wish to see them more in the social
"Interested students should visit our website to get specific
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Name: Mohan Sharma
City, Country: Delhi
"iam medical student"
Name: fayaz ali
City, Country: sukkur
"I AM AN ORPHAN STUDENT I NEED SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNIVERSTY EDUCATION"
Name: MUHAMMAD NADEEM
City, Country: HARIPUR,PAKISTAN
"sir i m orphan student and i want to take scholarship"
City, Country: lahore
"i want a scholarship for higher study"
City, Country: islamabad
"I am doing M.Phil in Political Science at the moment but looking forward for an M.Phil/PhD scholarship abroad."
Name: waqar khan
City, Country: Peshawar,Pakistan
"I am doing PhD English Thesis on the linguistic analysis of the Quran Verses about Prophet Muhammads (PBUH)leadership. Please help me in getting a scholarship from some Saudi institution."
Name: Muhammad Azmat
City, Country: Haripur, Pakistan
"I have done my master in mass communication and want to get my higher education in this prestigious institution."
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
"hi! em dr jaiwanti i have passed my mbbs in 2011 i have done 1yr house job 1yr other cilical experince can i apply for moh or haad exam?"
Name: dr jaiwanti
City, Country: pakistan hyderabad
"am orphan student .my father was died from CVA plague .i need scholarship for my study ,so that i contineu my study .thanks"
Name: zafar iqbal
City, Country: karak pakistan
"sir i m orphan and doing msc economics i need scholerships."
City, Country: chakwal
"Sir,I m an orphan boy I want to study Abroad and need a Foreign scholarship"
Name: MIRZA MOHSIN BAIG
City, Country: Nasirabad
"A.O.A SIR I WANT TO STUDY IN MASTER LEVEL SO I REQUIRE EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR M.SC PSYCHOLOGY ANY OPPORTUNITY SO PLEASE INFORM ME PROCEDURE HOW I APPLY SCHOLARSHIP.. THANKS G.MUSTAFA"
Name: GHULAM MUSTAFA
City, Country: FAISALABAD, PAKISTAN
"I am working as a lawyer for about 6 years, & work for female rights. I cannot afford study abroad. I want to get LLM scholorship from Cambridge & want to do something for women. Thankz"
City, Country: SARGODHA
"I am law graduate ..its a good news to more scholorships. I also want to do my llm..wana get scholrship?"
Name: Zia ur rehman
City, Country: Lahore
"I am orphan student. My father was died IN 2006. I need scholarship for my study, so that i continue my study. Thanks?"
Name: Hamoud Raza Mazher
City, Country: ATTOCK, PAKISTAN
"Sir, i'm orpan student i have done dae (electrical 3 years) now i have need scholrship for engineering university plz. I shall thankfull tu you. And always prayer for u.?"
Name: SARFRAZ ZAHOOR
City, Country: Peshawer
"I think this scholarship is a golden chance for me to prove myself.I am interested in English literature and Linguistics. Please inform me through my email.?"
Name: Mahmood Khan
City, Country: Peshawer, Pakistan
"Salam sir I have completed my fsc and my father has been died since 2012 now I want to study more in B.S. program and I have not too much sources so that I could continue my education and I am very fond of education so I request you to grant me scholarship as I am needed for this scholarship?"
Name: IBRAR HUSSAIN SHAH
City, Country: Jhelum, Pakistan
"I am orphan boy and study in F.Sc(pre-engineering). I deserve for scholarship to get my aim.?"
City, Country: Nenala khurd, okara, Pakistan
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Lahore: The two-day International Education Expo 2011, which started at the PC Hotel here on
Tuesday, attracted a large number of prospective students on the first day.
The event, organised by HR Consultations (pvt) Ltd in collaboration with
the Jang Group, is representing dozens of top universities and colleges from
across the world, mainly from the UK, Canada, the US and Australia.
participating institutions are offering a wide range of academic programmes,
including business management, computing and IT, engineering, fashion and
design, communication studies, law, architecture, public health and medicine,
Representatives of the foreign institutions have set
up stalls in the expo to provide on the spot comprehensive information to the
prospective students seeking admissions to top-ranking educational institutions
of the UK and many other countries.
A number of
visiting students said they had detailed discussions with the representatives of
the foreign universities and colleges about their prospects of studying abroad.
They termed the presence of recognized professionals in the field of
foreign education the most beneficial part of the expo.
They were of the
view that such events should be organized on regular basis as the same were of
great help for those planning to study abroad.
Irfan, a student, said he
had liked the expo as it had provided him an opportunity to have interaction
with recognized professionals in the field of foreign education.
visitor, Haider, expressed similar views, saying discussion with experts had
helped him as well as many other students like him.
Hertfordshire's marketing manager, Akif Khan, said the response on the first day
of the Education Expo 2011 was good, adding the participating institutions were
expecting tremendous response on the concluding day (today).
about his university, Akif said the varsity had 21 schools and was offering more
than 550 different academic programmes.
Around 500 Pakistani students
were currently enrolled in different programmes at the varsity, he added.
Navitas country manager (North America) Adeel Saeed Mir said that they,
in collaboration with two top varsities in the Canada and five universities in
the US, were offering various academic programmes in different disciplines.
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visiting students were interested in academic programmes related to business and
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prospects of studying in the UK and many other countries. The expo will also
continue from 11am to 7pm at PC Hotel on Wednesday (today). The news
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Butt have excelled in the sixth International Premchand Parliamentary Debate
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the government colleges nor the fees therein would be increased.
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Private schools open despite govt notification
Lahore: The private sector schools once again, defying government's instructions, kept their
campuses open on Tuesday despite the official announcement to observe the day as
holiday in the provincial metropolis.
Many of the elite schools,
including those of Beaconhouse School System and Lahore Grammar School (LGS),
remained open for academic activities despite the Punjab government had declared
to observe Tuesday as holiday in Lahore in the wake of Urs of Data Ganj Bakhsh
(RA) and Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).
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receive any notification from the government in connection with the holiday.
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(Education) forcibly closed down over two dozens private schools, mostly the
campuses, not owned by big names in the private sector.
The teams from
the EDO Education's office closed down different branches of American Lycetuff
and other such schools in different areas.
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students and their parents in great trouble, as they remained confused whether
to follow the administration of schools or the government.
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single private school to ensure compliance of the government's notification in
connection with the holiday.
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government's orders, adding around 25 different private schools were closed
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be served show cause notices and explanation would be sought as to why they did
not follow the instructions.
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not visit schools on Tuesday, as he was busy in connection with the
establishment of schools in place of schools demolished during the construction
of the Ring Road. The news
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