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18 scholarships awarded to FATA students
Peshawar, June 13, 2008: The Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences) Peshawar has awarded 18 scholarships to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) students of session 2007 under the Khushhali Bank Scholarships Programme.

Head of human resources Khushhali Bank Syed Zahid Raza distributed the fully funded scholarship certificates among five undergraduate and 13 graduate students, said a statement issued here on Thursday.

Director IMSciences Nasir Ali Khan said on the occasion that the last year around 30 FATA students were awarded the Khushhali Bank Scholarships with the cooperation of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

He said that the institute apart from external scholarships from donor agencies is also spending a huge amount of money from its own resources, as around 600 students received financial assistance under different scholarship programmes, which makes around 34 per cent of total students enrolled at the institution. Daily Times

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"we are fresh student and willing to contineuose our study ,but need your help."
Name: anwar
City, Country: peshawar, Pakistan

"Salam I m stuedt of Telecom Is there any scholarship to apply as i m very found of education but problem of money I belong to Parachinar Kurram Agency Please reply me."
Name: ZulfiqarAli
City, Country: D.I.Khan, Pakistan

"I m a student of fata scholarship FDP-LD in iqra university peshawar but there r many problems for us because of iqra administration. so i request from fata programe officers that they solve our problems in a better way. "
Name: israr
City, Country: tank, Pakistan

"Salam-dear,hw r u...Im Farman Ullah Wazir FR BNU doing BBA.It nw in Ust bnu...Dear i hve some money prblm.Whch im contineous my stdy.Dear Sir its the gud stp fr the Fata Stdnt.Bcz Fata belng frm backward area.Dear Sir if u hve do it ths.Tht the Fata Some Stdnt stdy in any univ.Plz u do wth hm t montly money Schlorship.Bcz it mean tht he contineous hs stdy.Tnx ur alt. "
Name: Farman Ullah Wazir
Email: Farman-bannu-19@mig33.Com
City, Country: FR BNU, Pakistan

"salam! I belongs to south waziristan agency wana.. i belongs to a poor family. Am doing BBA hons from Peshawar Business School, University of Peshawar. i am fond of Education and cant continoue ma study because of financial problems.. i request u people to mail me for any scholar ship package or provide me any job oppertunity that i continue ma education. I always hope for the best. i wish you will look forward for my request "
Name: bashir ahmad
City, Country: peshawar, Pakistan

"it is stated with humble tequest that i am a student of BBA-IT university of peshawar. ihave applied two times for USAID scholarship but did not get the criteria for getting this. i will be very thankful to awail me from such chance..thanks."
Name: mohammad saleem
City, Country: peshawar, Pakistan

"This is too much shock news about giving relief and scholarships for only specific student of only one institute i.e ims peshawar.sir we are also desrved for Scolarships even we are not the students of IMS so for that we request you please do issue scholarships for all students of FATA in all universities and isntitutes of PAKISTAN,we will be so much thankfull for ur this act of kindess. WAHID ORAKZAI SADDA KURRAM AGENCY CUMPUTER ENGG FROM HUM,ABBOTTABD ."
Name: Wahid Orakzai
City, Country: Sadda Kurram Agency, Pakistan

"i need money for my education .i have done dae Electronics .and now doing optical fibre from telecom foundation .if there is any scholar ship please tell me i need money .thanlx ."
Name: Tahseen ullah kundi
City, Country: Peshawar, Pakistan

"salam im a ba student but for my furter studies i need schlorship to contiue my studies plaese do me a favour"
Name: ramisha
City, Country: peshawar pakistan

"I am student of MCS (Master of computer science)at Iqra university peshawar campus at FATA Scholarship FDP-LD. Iqra university is the big learning center."
Name: Waheed ullah Khan wazir
City, Country: NWA (FATA)

"i have completed Msc in Mathematics form islamia college peshawar now i want to get further so i required scholarship"
Name: Ghayoor Ahmad
City, Country: peshawar/pakistan

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Committee to appoint VC for NWFP Varsity
Peshawar: The search committee for appointment of vice-chancellors of public sector universities has short-listed about nine applicants and called them for panel discussion today (Friday) for the office of the VC of the newly established Islamia College University (ICU).

Interestingly none of the serving professors of the Islamia College Peshawar, including the incumbent principal, Dr Rasheed Farooqui, was called for the panel interview. The position was formally advertised in the national dailies a few months back.

The advertisement had specified criteria for the position that the applicant must be a PhD degree holder and a professor as per the criteria of the Higher Education Commission. However, it was made clear in the advertisement that the governor could appoint anyone other than the applicants. About 50people applied for the post.

A meeting of the search committee that is headed by the Chief Secretary NWFP, Sahibzada Riaz Noor, held the other day to scrutinise the applicants and call the short-listed candidates for a panel interview, sources said.

The sources informed that those called for interview, included former vice-chancellor Gomal University and incumbent director VC Secretariat University of Peshawar, Ajmal Khan,

former principal Islamia College Peshawar and associate professor Nisar Muhammad Nisar, former vice-chancellor, Malakand University Jandar Shah, Muhammad Iqbal, Naeemur Rahman, Qibla Ayaz, Nazir Khattak, Hameedullah Marwat and Sakhawat.

About 15 applicants - all PhD and eight full professors - from Islamia College had also applied for the slot, but none of them was short-listed, which created unrest among the faculty members of the college.

Some senior officials expressed reservations over most of the short-listed candidates particularly Ajmal, Nisar and Jandar Shah. A faculty member of the University of Peshawar, on the condition of anonymity, said that Ajmal Khan was not even meeting the basic criteria for the position.

Ajmal Khan is neither a PhD nor a professor and how could he be eligible for the slot, he asked. However, another senior professor of the university opined that the PhD and professorship was not a criterion, but a guideline set by the HEC for the office of the vice-chancellor.

He said it was the total discretion of the governor as to whomever he wants, could be appointed as vice-chancellor. He added that the search committee, too, had no legal status as it was formed only to assist the governor (chancellor) of the public sector universities for appointment of vice-chancellor.

Nisar Muhammad Nisar, a senior faculty member, who requested anonymity, said that his PhD degree was not recognised by HEC and he got his retirement as an associate professor, while Jandar Shah, who remained vice-chancellor of Malakand University for seven long years, faced serious allegations of favouritism and nepotism in recruitments, financial embezzlement in different projects during his stint as vice chancellor.

Some professors criticised the search committee, saying that it has become a mafia. They said the appointments of vice-chancellors were made on political basis and the search committee was being used as a cover-up.

A professor remarked that at least men like the former Chief Secretary and Chairman Provincial Public Service Commission, Abdullah, who is known for his honesty, should quit the so-called committee. The News

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Illegal driving schools mushrooming in Peshawar
Peshawar: Around 30-40 illegal driving schools have been operating in the provincial metropolis. Such institutions are producing drivers without proper driving education and training.

A traffic police official said that there are only four registered driving schools in Peshawar including Sarhad Motor Driving School, New Sarhad Motor Driving School, Atif Motor Driving School and Government Motor Driving School, Charsadda Road.

"During General Ziaul Haq's rule, a directive was issued which said that all those applying for driving licence should produce a training certificate from a registered driving school, but it is not clear what happened to that directive," he said.

He said that nowadays traffic police issue driving license to all no matter their driving certificates are issued by registered or unregistered institutions.

He said that according to Section 23 of the Motor Vehicle Rules, all the driving schools should be registered with traffic police and should be properly equipped and have trained trainers.

"These schools should have to deliver comprehensive lectures on traffic signs and rules," he said.

Atif of Atif Driving School at University Road said that driving schools are registered with the traffic police at Central Police Office (CPO). They need to have vehicles, qualified trainers and other facilities.

He said that a trainer must have experience of seven years before he imparts training to other drivers or experience certificate from some organisation. He said that unregistered driving schools are creating problems for them as they charge less than the registered schools.

Principal Government Motor Driving School, Charsadda Road Ayaz Khan said that their school was set up on 80 kanals of land with a model room while a number of vehicles including cars, pick-ups and buses were available there. They took tests from the aspiring drivers during their training.

"During the first week, we train them about the basics and in the second week, in-house driving practice session starts before the trainee comes on the main roads," he said.

He said that they charge around Rs 3000-3200 for six-week comprehensive training and most of their trained people get driving licenses without any problem.

He said that they train around 1500 people annually and traffic police also use their facilities thrice a week for taking driving test of those who apply for driving license.

About the unregistered driving schools, he said that most of these were operating in single room and had only one vehicle. They train people on main roads and issue them certificate within 15 days.

"People trained by these unregistered schools are main cause of growing traffic mishaps as they issue certificates for money without imparting proper training about driving skills and traffic rules and regulations," he added. Daily Times

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