USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarships
86 students awarded USAID scholarships
Islamabad, June 03: A meeting of the Scholarship
Management Committee was held at Higher Education Commission (HEC)
Secretariat on Wednesday to approve scholarships for 86 needy students
of the academic year 2009-10 under the USAID funded 'Merit and Needs
Based Scholarship Programme'.
HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail
Naqvi chaired the meeting, which was attended by representatives of
participating institutions, eminent scholars and senior HEC officials.
selected students belong to the Institute of Business Administration,
(IBA) Karachi, Quaid-i-Azam University, (QAU) Islamabad, NWFP
Agriculture University, Peshawar and Balochistan University of
Information Technology, Eng-ineering and Management Sciences.
students will complete their education by December 2011 on scholarships
that cover tuition fees, transportation expenditures, costs of books
HEC, in collaboration with the US government,
initiated 'Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Programme' to provide
assistance to talented and needy students who are unable to continue
their education due to financial constraints. Daily times
"its neither merit base nor need base. its only approach base scholorship because i did not get this scholorship and those who were having approach got this. PLZ DONT MIND BUT ITS TRUE"
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For FDE it is no problem, but it is kids who will suffer
Islamabad: Parents of children studying in various academic
institutions under the control of the Federal Directorate of Education
(FDE) are perturbed over the announcement of summer vacation from June
18, unlike others, where holidays had begun on June 1 in the wake of
extremely hot weather.
The summer vacation in educational
institutions under the FDE usually start in the first week of June in
order to protect students from extreme weather conditions. However this
time around, it has decided to hold sports events instead of holidays
during first two weeks of the current month.
information available, the first phase of sports
activities has started from May 31 and it would continue till June 4.
The second phase would be organised between June 7 and June 14.
Students will take part in different games, including cricket, hockey,
volleyball and football.
Parents termed the decision to this
effect extremely unwise and urged the FDE to announce holidays as soon
as possible. "It is hard to believe that the directorate has decided to
organize sports in this weather. Why couldn't they find some better
time for this?" asked Shamim Murtaza, a mother of two.
to sources, the idea of organising sports week instead of holidays was
not welcomed by principals and teachers, but the FDE implemented the
"We were preparing our children for the examinations.
It was a shock to know that the examinations had been postponed due to
the sports activities and holidays have been delayed," said Jabbar
Ghafoor, a father of three.
Ghafoor said that it was something
cruel on the part of the authorities for making students play in such a
hot weather. "If schools across the country have announced the vacation
from June 1 then why not the institutions under the FDE could do so?"
FDE (Training) Director Dr. Tanveer Kiani, who
according to sources is the main force behind the decision, refused to
comment and asked this scribe to contact the FDE spokesman.
Spokesperson Ashraf Nadeem, when contacted said that the
decision was taken when the weather was not so hot. "It is for the last
three days that the weather has turned to such an extreme," he said. He
added that he was at a dentist's clinic and would call back, which he
FDE Director General Shaheen Khan, while talking to
this scribe, said that the weather in Islamabad was perfectly right for
holding such activities. She said that the vacation in Punjab would
formally start after June 14. "The vacation of children studying in
class one to class five would start on June 7," she said.
said that the mega sports event would formally be inaugurated by Prime
Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on June 14 and it would be concluded on
June 18. The examination would be conducted after summer vacation. She
said that all courses would be covered in the summer camp, which would
be organised for one month.
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Students of private schools suffer in sweltering weather
Rawalpindi: The parents of children studying in private academic
institutions have appealed to the Punjab government to take steps
against school and college owners for not following its orders
regarding summer vacation with effect from June 1.
government schools and colleges have been closed down for summer
vacation on June 1. However private educational institutes are still
holding classes. The sweltering weather is taking its toll on little
souls due to frequent power outages.
On Wednesday, dozens of
students suffered from nose bleeding and dehydration. It was also
learnt that several people suffered dehydration in the city.
Meteorologist Muhammad Hanif told this scribe that people in
Rawalpindi-Islamabad faced 40 degrees Celsius temperature, whereas the
humidity level was 21. The temperature and humidity was too much for
adults what to say of children, he added.
Headquarters Hospital Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr. Zafar Mehmood
admitted that several people, who had suffered from dehydration on
Wednesday, were brought to the hospital for treatment. He said that
people should try to protect their heads with a cap or a piece of cloth
to avoid direct sunlight. "On the other hand, private educational
institutions should be closed down so that children may not suffer in
such a hot weather. The school managements should either close down
their premises or stop children from playing outdoors," he suggested.
Association of Private Schools (RAPS) General Secretary Group Captain
(r) Asif Mehmood admitted that most children were not attending classes
due to hot weather. He said that private schools were continuing their
classes because they had scheduled examinations of first term and they
could not cancel them. He said if the government of Punjab had
intimated them the plan of summer vacation in advance, then they could
have altered their plan. He also agreed to the point the summer
vacation schedule of all academic institutions should be the same.
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Comstech conference on 9th
Islamabad: OIC's Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation
(Comstech) in collaboration with the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and
International Council for the Life Sciences is organising a 2-day
conference on 'Conduct of Responsible Science, Safety, Security and
Ethics', at its secretariat here from June 9.
objectives of the conference will be to promote the concept of conduct
of responsible science among the scientists themselves, to promote the
idea that science should not be misused to harm humanity; to promote
respect for the scientific professions in a way appropriate for
society, to enhance the contribution of science to the socio-economic
well-being of Pakistani community and to build a sustainable network in
Pakistan that meets and publishes regularly on key issues related to
the conduct of safe, secure and ethical research. The news
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Call to affiliate capital colleges with QAU
Islamabad: Leader of the house in the Senate and Pakistan
People's Party (PPP) leader Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari has called for
affiliation of all colleges in Islamabad with Quaid-i-Azam University
(QAU). He assured the university staff members that he would make every
effort to get a housing scheme approved for them.
chief guest at the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected
office-bearers of QAU Employees Welfare Association on Wednesday, he
urged the QAU administration to give affiliation to all the federal
colleges of Islamabad to award degrees.
He said former prime
minister Benazir Bhutto had promised to resolve the issue of housing
scheme of QAU employees and the present government would fulfil her
promise and commitment. He said he would take the issue to the
concerned standing committee of the Senate where all the stakeholders
would be invited to give their input.
He called for steps to
protect environment within the university premises and said every
effort would be made to stop the practice of cutting trees inside and
around the campus.
He said Quaid-i-Azam University was the
country's best university and to make it an international university,
the faculty members, students, administration and employees would have
to play their role.
Mr Bokhari appreciated the decision of
the QAU vice-chancellor to establish schools of economics, political
sciences, international relations and mathematics through
public-private partnership. He said launching of BS courses in the
university would be a landmark achievement. Dawn
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Exhibition at QAU: Bringing out the bright side of the US
Islamabad: With a need to revive cordial
relations with the US, an exhibition titled 'Freedom Train Exhibition',
organized by the M Phil students of the Area Study Centre, Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU), started on Wednesday. So far, the centre has held a
number of events including video conferences, seminars, workshops and
roundtable talks but this exhibition was of a unique type in which a
collection of political, economic, social and cultural artefacts,
including models of the Bill of Rights, the Statue of Liberty, Norman
Rockwell's freedom paintings, depictions of jazz, baseball, Coca Cola,
McDonald, KFC, American Idol, cowboy culture etc were put on display to
provide an insight into the rich American culture. The students brought
Americans to the fore through the display of unique models related to
the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the US. They
were also eager to explain the historical importance of their
The models were starkly striking, depicting an overall
picture of American aura with a fusion of traditional and contemporary
embellishments. The Jazz music and dazzling images gave a colorful
touch to the event and enchanted the audience. The tremendous venture
by the students marked the day resplendently and the fabulous
exhibition continued attracting scores of people from across the twin
cities. Dr. Masoom Yasin Zai, Vice Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam and Dr.
Rukhsana Qamber, Director of the Centre, inaugurated the exhibition.
Dr. Qamber commented in her short speech that the event was an endeavor
to understand the US at ground level, hence promoting the excellent
bilateral relations between two countries.
A large number of people
from different walks of life attended the event. Many Americans were
also invited on the occasion and a look at the objects flooded them
with memories of America. During the exhibition, Pakistani people got a
unique opportunity to familiarize themselves with American citizens and
their culture amid pleasantries and smiles. On the other hand, the
students seemed enthusiastic to flaunt their Americana projects on U.S.
history. Vice Chancellor QAU and Jonathan D. Cebra Public Affairs
Officer at US Consulate in Peshawar were the chief guests on the
occasion. The exhibition opened with a short presentation by Jonathan
D. Cebra explaining US culture through artifacts.
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Housing scheme for QAU employees soon: Bokhari
Islamabad: Leader of the House in Senate
Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has assured employees of the Quaid-e-Azam
University (QAU) that proposed housing scheme for them would soon be
translated into reality.
Addressing QAU employees at the
oath-taking ceremony of the office bearers of university's Employees
Welfare Association (EWA) at Science Auditorium of the university on
Wednesday, he added that he would take up the matter in the meeting of
Senate's Standing Committee on Housing, where all the stakeholders
would be taken on board.
Bokhari appreciated the decision of QAU
Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Masoom Yasin Zai to establish School of
Economics, School of Political Sciences and International Relations and
School of Mathematics at the university's premises, where BS level
courses would be offered.
Bokhari called upon all segments of
the society to rise above religious, sectarian, political and ethnic
differences and forge unity.
He said prior to demanding rights, we must ensure we performed our duties wholeheartedly.
VC Professor Masoom Yaseen Zai, Senator Doctor Saeeda Iqbal, IPDF
Chairman Ghulam Murtaza Satti and others also addressed the employees. Daily times
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IIU holds seminar on
Islamabad: The faculty of Social Sciences of the International
Islamic University (IIU) here Wednesday organised a seminar on `Peace
Process between India and Pakistan'.
Addressing the seminar,
Editor-in-Chief of Quaid-i-Azam Papers Akram Shaheedi said that
forthcoming visit of the Indian Foreign Minister next month in
Islamabad to meet the Foreign Minister of Pakistan is a manifestation
of the international interest in the resumption of talks between
Pakistan and India which were suspended after Mumbai attack on November
He said the heartening change in the stance of the
Indian leadership towards Pakistan after the 16th Saarc Summit meeting
will improve the environment of talks scheduled to be held next month
between the two foreign ministers. He referred to the news report
published in a section of press in which the Indian foreign minister
was quoted as having said, 'India has no reservations about Pakistan's
commitment to fight terrorism'.
He said that signal emanating
from the Indian capital suggested that the on-going negotiations
between Pakistan and India to resolve the water issue, which has
assumed dangerous dimension in the recent past, will get the maximum
attention meant to endeavour to address the Pakistan's concern within
the ambit of the Indus Water Treaty.
Shaheedi observed the
international community led by the United States was keen to see India
and Pakistan as good neighbours so that both the countries could devote
their maximum resources and energies to fight out the common enemy
viz., terrorism that posed a real threat to way of life of the whole
world. Stalemate in their relations is only good news for the
terrorists as they had already succeeded in derailing the peace process
after November 26, 2008.
Dr. Professor Zia-ul-Haq in his
concluding remarks urged the youth to get ready to assume the role of
the nation building as they are the future builders of the country. He
said Pakistan optimised the graciousness of Almighty to the people who
would have been further marginalised in the absence of the creation of
He rejected terrorism by describing it as the heinous
crime against humanity and the religion of Islam in particular. Who
would endorse their abhorrent acts of killing, destroying seats of
learning and places of worship, he asked. These misguided people
provided enough material to the opponents of Islam, which is a religion
of peace, harmony and tolerance, he added.
Akhtar Sindhu, the organiser, thanked the speakers and the participants for sparing time to attend the seminar.
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FAPUASA movement in favour of its demands soon
Islamabad: Professor Mahr Saeed Akhtar, President of All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association, has announced that FAPUASA
will soon start a movement in favour of its demands which had not been
even discussed in the relevant bodies of Higher Education Commission
despite promise and passage of two months.
In an angry tone, the
FAPUASA chief said on phone from Lahore that the movement
will be the first step and FAPUASA is holding a press conference in the
National Press Club in the federal capital on Thursday to brief
newspersons about the issue and discus other modes of action next week.
expressed his dismay and regrets over the attitude of minions of Higher
Education Commission which despite a passage of two months had done
nothing to take the promised actions. He said that in a meeting with
the members of General Body, Dr Javaid Leghari, Chairperson, and Dr
Suhail Naqvi, Executive Director, of HEC respectively had promised to
place their various demands before the relevant HEC bodies for a
decision soon. They appeared sympathetic to teachers demands and a
positive outcome appeared on the cards, but the high-ups at the
commission failed to take any action in this respect, he said.
Akhtar addressing a press conference at National Press Club on April 7
had stated that in a meeting between the Federation and HEC earlier on
the day, HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid Leghari agreed to revoke
retrospective implementation of decisions and asked FAPUASA to identify
The FAPUASA president had expressed his hope
that the amicable discussion at HEC would lead to defer the new
criteria for promotion. He said that in future HEC would not impose its
decisions but would let the universities exercise autonomy.
to him, the meeting had also discussed hardship cases and reached the
conclusion that the faculty members who have not been promoted for
decades, should be promoted to next grade in their own cadre as was
done in many universities in the country. Dr Akhtar said that now that
Tandu Jam University of Agriculture and Sindh University have also
adopted the upgradation mechanism, it is high time that other
universities adopt it. The news
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City School students raise donations for SOS Village
Rawalpindi: The nursery branch of City School, Satellite Town
on Tuesday presented gifts and donation to children of SOS Village, a
private social welfare organisation providing shelter and care to
orphan and abandoned children.
A City School team, led by
principal Maria Waqas visited SOS Village and presented gifts and
donations raised by the school children for them.
met different children of the village and appreciated the efforts of
the whole group running this place. Management and children of the SOS
Village thanked The City School and their children for raising funds
The schoolchildren raised the donation during a
very colorful and fun filled activity with the theme "sharing is
caring". They also organised a week-long food festival to raise
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