Federal Urdu University admissions 2012
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.
has also announced admissions in MPhil and PhD. Students could get the
admission forms till July 25. For more information they could visit
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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.
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.
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
"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
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
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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