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Scholarships for Punjab officials : Candidates awaiting selection
Lahore, July 08, 2008: A scholarship programme sponsored by the World Bank for the provincial government officers to get admission in foreign universities appears to be in jeopardy as the selection of the candidates has yet to be finalised, an official said on Monday.

"April 30 was the last date to apply for the scholarship," he said, adding that a committee headed by the Planning and Development (P&D) chairman had been formed to conduct the candidate interviews.

"The selection process should have been completed by June's end as classes commence in September," he said.

The Punjab government has planned to send 35 officers on scholarship as part of the Punjab Capacity Building Programme.

The World Bank has provided $61 million to the federal government, out of which the Punjab government will be given $2 million. The Punjab government will contribute $1 million to the programme itself.

The sponsoring agency will bear $28,400 per officer, including scholarship fee of $16,000 and a stipend of $1,600 per month. The degree programme will be for one year.

The Punjab Resource Management Programme (PRMP) is responsible for managing the programme on behalf of the sponsoring agency, the official said.

An official of the PRMP said that 55 officers had applied for the scholarship in various disciplines.

He said that it was the second time that the Punjab government was going to award scholarship to officers of the provincial cadre. Last year, 21 officers, including three females, were awarded scholarships, but none of the women went abroad and funds reserved for them had lapsed.

A committee headed by P&D chairman would shortlist the candidates this year whereas the PRMP did it last year. Last year, PRMP conducted National Testing Service (NTS) of all the candidates, but it was not held this year, sources said.

Shahid Mehmood, Planning and Development secretary and a member of the committee said that there was no delay in the selection process. He said that interviews would be conducted within a week and the process would be completed before September.

He said that a new government was in place this year and had to present budget within weeks of its formation, therefore the interviews were delayed.

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LCWU returns confiscated cell phones
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) administration on Monday returned the mobile phones of students whose session had ended.

In February, the LCWU administration had started a campaign against students with mobile phones and confiscated them. The administration had also barred students from using mobile phones on campus.

After imposing the ban, the LCWU administration had deployed security personnel on the main gate, along with some teachers, to frisk students.

LCWU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Bushra Mateen had said on February 1 that it was a good step and insisted that parents and students should co-operate with the LCWU administration in this regard. She had said, "Mostly intermediate students are the victims of mobile mania."

The LCWU students, while denouncing the administration, had said on February 1 that the ban on the use of mobile phones on campus was unfair. They had said, "It is discrimination because we do not know of a single institution for male students that has banned them from using their mobile phones." They had demanded on-campus mobile booths and public call offices.

On Monday, an LCWU official said the university had returned the cell phones of those students whose session had ended. Daily Times

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