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PITB scholarship 'victims' seek justice
Lahore, June 22: The establishment of the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF)
is undoubtedly one of the Punjab government's flagship initiatives in the field
of education and distribution of scholarships to talented and
resource-constrained students has formally started now under this
Nonetheless, the government seems to have ignored the plight of
students who were promised scholarships under the Punjab Information Technology
Board (PITB) by the previous PML-Q government in 2007.
column in December 2008, the issue of PITB scholarships has been highlighted. Despite the passage of almost six months, the 'victims' have been
running from pillar to post but to no avail.
In April 2007, the Punjab
Information Technology Board (PITB) had announced the scholarships (Phase-II)
for BS, MS and MPhil/PhD students in Computer Science, Information Technology,
IT Management, Telecom Engineering, Electrical/Computer/Software Engineering,
Mathematics and MIS/Management/ Information Systems for talented but needy
students having Punjab domicile.
These scholarships were meant to cover
tuition fee. Following selection of successful candidates, scholarship deed was
signed by students and their parents/guardians. However, since then the selected
students have been waiting for funds from the government to pay for their
Students said they had pinned high hopes on
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as he was known for pursuing education-friendly
policies. They said the government's lack of interest in addressing the
grievances of students 'suffering' due to the previous regime's policies had
M Waseem Sarwar, a final year student of Electrical
Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, said
he had submitted an application to the Chief Minister's complaint cell regarding
PITB scholarships but got nothing except assurances. "Scholarships through the
PEEF is certainly a commendable effort," he said adding "the government must
complete pending projects first". "We know the major problem delay in execution
of PITB scholarships is that the programme was launched by the previous
government but rulers must realize that students do not belong to any party and
they should not suffer due to their conflicts," Waseem added.
He said his
university even fined him over Rs 4,000 for late fee submission which he did not
pay as he was waiting for the scholarship to be released.
Waseem said if
the government lacked funds, then it must at least award scholarship to students
who have over 80 percent record in all examinations.
another PITB scholarship victim said he was tired of red tape. He said he had
not only visited CM open court, twice, but also chief secretary complain cell,
PITB offices and Higher Education Department on various occasions but to no
Referring to a recent news item he said: "One wonders what is
preventing the government from awarding scholarships to students at a time when
the PITB has failed to use over 70 percent of its budgetary allocation for
fiscal year 2008-09."
Students have urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz
Sharif to intervene and provide them justice.
"about our scholorship we are waiting still for scholorship"
Name: Niaz muhammad khan
City, Country: buner
"we request Mr Shabaz sharif to give us our scholorship because i m very poor student for scholorship thanks"
Name: syed zamin shah
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CM looks for people's help in restoring govt schools
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has urged civil society,
students, teachers and civil administration to play an active role in restoring
Shahbaz was addressing a ceremony in connection with
distribution of scholarships under the newly-established Punjab Educational
Endowment Fund (PEEF) at Aiwan-e-Iqbal.
The CM said the government had
been providing missing facilities to public schools over the years however still
there were thousands of schools lacking basic facilities. He said the people had
a great role to play in rehabilitating the neglected schools.
from Lahore Division were awarded scholarships at the ceremony while the event
marked the distribution of 5,000 scholarships among the needy but talented
students of the province.
The CM said the scholarship programme was a
revolutionary programme which would bring about a revolution in the country
adding this revolution would bury injustice. He said the prevailing unrest was
an outcome of injustice.
He said establishment of the PEEF was in fact
continuation of Aligarh Tehreek. He said that Rs 2 billion would be added to the
Rs 2 billion fund by next month after approval of the Punjab
Shahbaz said government hopes that children of the poor get
education in top private institutions such as LUMS and FAST through the PEEF
He also announced that the position holders of
matriculation and intermediate exams would be provided stay at Governor's House
and not Punjab House in Murree adding they would enjoy facilities offered to the
president and the prime minister.
The CM said keeping in view talented
students of Southern Punjab and lack of facilities there, the government had
decided to establish Danish Schools on the pattern of Aitchison College where
free boarding and lodging would be provided to students.
Speaking on the
occasion, PEEF Vice-President Dr Amjad Saqib said the government would launch a
special campaign urging masses to donate for the fund adding these donations
would be exempted from the tax. He said at present only students of public
schools were being awarded scholarships adding in the next phase students of
low-fee private schools would also be included. He said in October 2009 as many
as 5,000 more scholarships would be offered to students.
Later, the chief
minister awarded scholarships to students of Lahore Division while earlier some
students and a teacher also expressed their views about PEEF scholarships. On
the occasion, representatives of the Divisional Public School Model Town and the
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) presented cheques of Rs 0.6
million and Rs 1 million respectively to the Shahbaz for the Chief Minister's
Relief Fund for the IDPs.
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Rs1,000m for special education
Lahore: Provincial Minister for Special Education Malik Iqbal Channar has
said that the Punjab government is paying special attention to education and
rehabilitation of special children and for this, Rs 1000 million has been
allocated in Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the Special Education
A DGPR handout issued on Sunday said that the minister while
talking to a delegation of PML workers added that allocation for the ADP 2009-10
wa65.5 per cent more than the revised allocation of Rs 604.74 million for year
The minister further stated that school-going disabled children
had been provided educational opportunity in 15 District Centres for Special
Education and Plans for the establishment of International Standard
Rehabilitation Centres for the disabled children have been finalized.
The department is emphasizing skill development and the rehabilitation
of physically challenged children.
He said the department had also
introduced incentive for increasing enrolment including nutrition, stipends,
free uniform, free boarding and lodging facilities, free textbooks and Braille
books, free pick and drop facility and merit scholarships.
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PhD scholarship scheme for civil servants
Lahore: The Punjab government has decided to launch a special scheme for
doctoral scholarships with an aim to creating a pool of highly qualified and
professional policy-makers in the province.
According to an official of
the Planning and Development Department, Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has
approved awarding five scholarships for civil servants to complete PhDs in
economics and social policy disciplines every year.
The officers of
provincial civil service cadres, ex-PCS, ex-CSS, PMS and DMG, are eligible to
apply for scholarships in one of 50 top universities of the world.
this purpose, the Punjab government has constituted the Provincial Selection
Board, comprising P&D Board Chairman Sami Saeed (Chairman), P&D Board
Secretary Rab Nawaz (member), Higher Education secretary (member) and services
The selection board will ensure execution of the
selection process through its various stages and other procedural details. The
board will complete selection process till June 30 every year so as to allow
those selected enough time for the processing of visas and other travelling
formalities before the start of doctorate session in September/October. The
selection board will hold annual meetings to review the feedback of the
officers, analyze the direction and success of the programme for them and ensure
their placement after completion of their programmes in accordance with the
The selected officers, after completion of their
programme, shall furnish a report to the board and make a presentation,
inter-alia, suggesting the areas in which they could potentially contribute. The
officers desirous of applying for this award for the year 2009-10 (first batch)
may obtain application forms from the Foreign Training Section of P&D
Department and can submit applications by June 25. Late applications will not be
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Forman Christian College convocation
Forman Christian College (a chartered university) has held its first honour's convocation and
commencement 2009 on June 13 and 14 evenings respectively.
degrees were awarded to 290 successful graduates of Bachelor of Arts
(Conventional and Honours), Bachelor of Science (Conventional and Honours),
Bachelor of Science Business (Honours), Master of Arts (Conventional) and Master
of Science (Conventional).
Recipients of medals included Prof M S Bhatti
Medal awarded to Kashifa Khalid for securing highest CGPA among the university
candidates in MA English, Sir Mian M Shafi Medal to Khalid Khan Jogezai in MA
Political Science, Sir Sheikh Abdul Qadir Medal to Saima Rafique in MA Urdu,
Swami Ram Teerath Medal to Saba Ayub in MSc Mathematics, Prof E J Sinclair Medal
to Bilkis Hussain for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours), and Khan Bahadur
Muhammad Sanaullah Medal to Muhammad Asad for securing highest CGPA for the
degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours).
Awards were distributed by
Rector Dr Peter H Armacost and Vice Rector Dr Cusrow J Dubash while Registrar Dr
Hamid Saeed acted as Director of commencement.
Dr Peter presided over the
functions. In his address, Dr Armacost advised graduating students to play a
constructive role in society as Pakistan faced many challenges.
core values and contribute to Pakistan. Use time, adopt self learning, be
concerned about needs of others, dedicate truth, and by love, serve one
another," said Dr Armacost.
Earlier, in honours convocation academic
award, core value/service award, department and faculty outstanding student, and
teacher awards were distributed among successful candidates. The News
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