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Urdu University opens admissions
Islamabad, July 11: Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology, Islamabad has announced the admissions in Masters of Economics, Applied Physics, MBA, BBA, Computer Science, Urdu and Electrical Engineering.

University has also announced admissions in MPhil and PhD. Students could get the admission forms till July 25. For more information they could visit www.fuuastisb.edu.pk.

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147 US-funded scholarships distributed among students
Lahore: Provincial Mission Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Ted Gehr, distributed 147 US-funded scholarships among exceptional students enrolled in a recently established two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE) and four-year Bachelor's Degree in Education (BEd) program at various universities across Punjab.

According to a press release on Tuesday, the scholarships are a part of USAID's larger Teacher Education Project at the Institute of Education and Research, University of the Punjab in Lahore. The five-year $75 million project is testament to the United States' commitment to supporting education development in Pakistan.

The project aims to create new and better-trained teachers who will improve the quality of basic education throughout the region. Better quality education means a brighter future for the children of Punjab.

A total of 1,900 students across the country would be awarded scholarships through the project.

Speaking on the occasion, PU IER Director University Dr Mumtaz Akhtar lauded the US government for assisting Pakistan to improve the quality of basic education. The news

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Students fear shelving of USAID scholarships
Islamabad: Students from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), who have been receiving the USAID-funded scholarships since 2008, here on Tuesday expressed the fear that the programme might be shelved because no new induction had been made for the last three years.

They said the 1,363 students availing of the scholarships would also be affected if the four-year programme was not extended.

However, the country director of the USAID training project said a decision about the future of the programme would be taken in September.

As many as 81 students were recognised at a ceremony held at a local hotel by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The students are completing their secondary, vocational or college-level education. The scholarships included a stipend, book allowance and reimbursement of admission and tuition fees. Each student gets almost Rs120,000 a year.

Mohammad Shakir, a 10th grade student at the Islamia Collegiate Peshawar said that he had got the scholarship while in
7th class.

"I hail from Khyber Agency and my family was financially unstable, so the scholarship helped me a lot. However, unfortunately, USAID has not inducted any student after 2008 which means that they are considering shelving the programme," he said.

Abdul Rauf, a teacher at the Islamia Collegiate and the focal person for the programme, said there were 3,000 students in the institution and only eight out of them had been getting scholarships. "USAID should increase the number of scholarships and new students should also be inducted because due to war on terrorism, people are continuously migrating from Fata."

He said there were two other scholarships, one given by the provincial government, but the USAID programme was much better compared to others.

Farmanullah, a student of Peshawar Model School, Charsadda branch, said there were 1,600 students in his school and only 18 out of them had been getting the US scholarship.

Jafar Shah, a teacher at the University Public School run by Peshawar University, said there were over 2,000 students in his school and only eight got the scholarship.

Adnan Akbar, another student from the University Public School, said the amount of the scholarship should be increased because most of the students had been affording the expenses of hostel and boarding.

Dr Marilyn Wyatt, the wife of the US ambassador, said without education human development was not possible and that is why the US government had been helping people of Fata in building a strong economy in the area. When she was asked about the future of the scholarship programme, she said the question should be asked from the USAID country manager.

Country Manager USAID Training Project Amy Hagen said a decision about the future of the programme would be taken in September. She said USAID had been running different projects in Pakistan to help people in the education sector. In higher education sector, so many projects have also been started and USAID is helping the HEC, she added. Dawn

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AIOU open-schooling network to be launched by end of year
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and the Sindh government, will be formally launching its open-schooling project by the end of the year. "We have received very favourable response from the COL's open-schooling education specialist Frances Ferreira who was on a visit to Pakistan last week to review the project," Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi said on Tuesday.

During the meeting with the vice chancellor at the end of the visit, Frances Ferreira fully endorsed the project and hoped that it would go a long way in reducing illiteracy through distance-learning system. Its focus is the female students to enable them to continue their education. She assured that the COL would seek support of international donors for immediate funding so that the project could be undertaken as early as possible. She termed the project viable and that it would serve as a model for other developing countries. Ferreira, who had visited the field areas of AIOU, including Umarkot and Thatta, said she was highly impressed to see the university's infrastructure and e-learning-based academic arrangement for educating the students in remote areas. She appreciated the AIOU-vision, 2025 proposed by the vice chancellor and said this showed well-conceived policy at the top management level to meet the new challenges in the educational field. Dr Sangi hoped that the COL would be a strong partner in launching of this mega project that aimed at imparting basic education to around one million boys and girls during the next three years. Daily times

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