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HEC awards 2,528 foreign, 4,108 indigenous scholarships
Islamabad, July 15: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has awarded 2,528 foreign and 4,108
indigenous scholarships to various scholars in the last five years, said
an official of Ministry of Education Training and Standards in Higher
Talking to this agency, he said the HEC has
sent 4,204 scholars abroad and also extended financial assistance to
8,178 students under different need based programmes in last five years.
detail of the foreign scholarships, he said 1,432 foreign scholarships
including 238 to female scholars of Punjab have been awarded in last
five years. A total of 304 scholarships including 68 to female scholars
hailing from Sindh have been awarded since 2008. Yet other 482
scholarships including 43 to female scholars have been awarded to the
students of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw. While 75 scholarships including 13 to
female students of Balochistan have also been awarded in last five
years, he said.
Likewise 116 scholarships including 25 to
female scholars belonging to Azad Jammu and Kashmir have also been
awarded. The other 39 scholarships including 1 to female scholars of
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) have been awarded. The 10
scholarships including two to female scholars have been awarded in
Gilgit-Baltistan and 70 scholars have been awarded to the scholars of
Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). As many as 17 scholarships have been
awarded to female scholars of Islamabad Capital Territory. The news
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AIOU completes its admissions process, students' particulars provided on website
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has completed the
process of admissions for the spring semester and particulars of the
students have been provided on the university's website www.aiou.edul.pk
to facilitate the students. This was announced by Admissions Director
The objection letters, he said have been sent
through the registered post to the applicants who submitted incomplete
admission forms to remove the objection. The information of the
objectionable forms has also been placed on the AIOU's website. Those
who could not find the information regarding admission confirmation or
objection area are advised to download duplicate admission forms from
the university's website, similarly the continuing students have been
advised to download the continuing admission form and attach a photocopy
of the paid fee challan with the duplicate form.
The fresh students are
also required to attach an attested copy of the documents and one
photograph. They are further advised to immediately send the duplicate
admission form to the Directorate of Admissions, Block no 4, IMU
Section. The last date for the submission of duplicate forms is July 10,
and after this date, no form would be entertained and the students
would be granted admission in the next semester and the fee would be
adjusted. For further information, the students can contact the matric
section on (051 9057431), intermediate (051-9057432), bachelors
(051-9057435), PTC/CT (051-9057421), BEd (051-9057760), post graduate
(051-9057422, 051-9057425), and information unit on 051-9057151. Daily times
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Quality of education in Pakistan is pathetic: WB
Islamabad: A World Bank report reveals that quality of education is pathetic in
Pakistan and especially in rural parts of the country where only 41
percent of grade 3 students were able to read a sentence in Urdu.
than 50 percent of the fifth-grade students and a full 25 percent of
eighth-grade students were unable to read a short story.In Pakistan, the
2011 assessment also found that arithmetic competence was very low in
absolute terms. For instance, only 37 percent of grade 5 students in
rural Pakistan could divide a three-digit by a single-digit number. By
grade 8, only 72 percent could perform simple division.
for reading, many students are three to four grades behind in
grade-appropriate competencies. Understandably, comprehension and reading
achievement are lower in English than in the mother tongue.
Pakistan, many questions were posed to both students and teachers, and
while 82 percent of the teachers could explain long division correctly,
only 33 percent of the students could do so.
while 64 percent of the teachers could explain the meanings of difficult
words, only 11 percent of the children could do so. In a significant
proportion of cases, teachers themselves are not competent to teach the
For example, only 36 percent of the teachers
were able to explain two-digit addition.Nepal has made significant
progress, increasing enrollment to about 90 percent. Although modest,
Afghanistan has also registered an increase in primary school enrollment
over the last decade.
At the secondary level, Sri Lanka
again stands out with an NER of 87 percent and with 80 percent of young
people ages 20-29 years having achieved at least 10 years of schooling.
India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan have made the most progress.
Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka approximately 2 percent of GDP is
spent on education. India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan have the
largest proportion of children who are underweight.
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Financial woes put future of SSC topper in danger
Bara: A tribal girl student who stood third in the matriculation examination of
the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Peshawar has
asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor to help her continue education.
Bibi, belonging to Bar Qambarkhel tribe in Bara tehsil of Khyber
Agency, appeared in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination
from Hamza Girls High School in Jan Khan Killay and stood third in the
board exam (Humanities Group) by securing 942 marks out of 1,100.
She said she used to study for nine hours a day during her
preparation for the examination, adding, she was grateful to her
teachers for guidance. "My father can't afford my studies in Peshawar. I
am afraid that I may discontinue my education," Shakeela said.
happy and excited over her success, the brilliant student was uncertain
about her future education plans. "I am worried as I may not be able to
continue my studies," she added.
She said she intended to
study law and become lawyer to fight for women's rights.She said that
hundreds of girls passed the SSC examination this year in Bar Qambarkhel
tribe and they would also be unable to continue their education as
there was no college for girls in the entire Bara subdivision.
Bibi said the government should arrange transport facility for students
of the area to go to a college in Peshawar till the girls' college was
established in their area.She said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(PTI)-led provincial government had claimed to bring change but nothing
had been done so far.
To a question, she thanked Almighty
Allah and said: "I am a Hafiz-e-Quran and learnt it with translation in
Urdu and Pashto."She said the power outages were another factor that
affected her studies to a great extent, but it didn't let her give up
Her father Hussain Gul said that he
was the lone breadwinner for his family by working as a driver. He said
his family comprised of 10 members, adding that most of his children
were also talented and showing good results in their studies. "I know my
children are intelligent but I cannot support to continue studies due
to lack of finances," he said.
Hussain Gul said Khyber
Agency had been facing insurgency and uncertainty for the last six years
and most of the educational institutions in the area had been closed or
blown up.He said the school where his daughter studied also remained
closed for several days every month due to curfew. "It's a matter of
grave concern for us that so far no organisation or political
administration or the governor have contacted us to extend their help in
this regard," Hussain Gul complained. The news
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