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Punjab University to give Rs 60 million in scholarships to 5,000 students

Lahore, March 20, 2008: The Punjab University (PU) has decided to give Rs 60 million in scholarships to 5,000 students this year.

A press statement issued on Wednesday said that the scholarship amount for each student had been increased from Rs 9,000 to Rs 12,000. It said that 2,500 scholarships would be given to the students on a merit basis and 2,500 scholarships to students on need basis.

Students of evening classes of the second year and third semesters would also be considered for merit scholarships, the statement added.

A PU Scholarship Committee meeting took these decisions under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran on Wednesday. Committee Secretary and PU Treasurer Abdus Sattar Jajja, and committee members Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, Prof Dr Arif Butt, Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Prof Dr Shahida Hussnain, Prof Dr Liaquat Ali, Prof Dr Khawaja Amjad Saeed and Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori were also present in the meeting.

The VC said that the timely disbursement of scholarships among needy students was important to help them continue their education without facing financial problems.

The VC, after consulting all committee members, announced the inclusion of second-year evening and third semester students in the merit list for the scholarship.

Dr Mansoori suggested increasing the sources of scholarship by collaborating with the industrial sector so that more and more students could avail them.

The VC and other committee members welcomed the suggestion and decided to take further steps in this regard. Out of the 5,000 scholarships being distributed this year, students of behavioural and social sciences will get 311, economics and management 539, arts and humanities 212, commerce 1,151, law 285, oriental learning 117, Islamic studies 78, engineering and technology 361, life sciences 419, education 34 and students of pharmacy will get 239 scholarships, while 20 scholarships have been left to the VC's discretion.

Workshop on 'Place of Formulation in Psychological Therapy': The PU Centre for Clinical Psychology organised a one-day workshop on 'Place of Formulation in Psychological Therapy' at New Campus on Wednesday.

Clinical Psychologist and Organisational Consultant from the United Kingdom Dr Amra Rao underscored the significance of the case formulation wtihin a therapeutic process.

Participants of the workshop were given training to formulate case, using different theoretical models and giving examples from original case reports. Trainees of the Advanced Diploma in Clinical Psychology and faculty members of the centre attended the workshop.

Lecture on 'Research, avoiding Plagiarism': A lecture on 'Research Methodology, better Communications Skills and avoiding Plagiarism' was delivered by Prof Dr Sikandar Hayat Khan, the Director of Staff of the National Management College, at the PU Pakistan Study Centre on Wednesday.

Prof Khan shared his experiences and expertise regarding various problems faced by MPhil and PhD students in the light of the Higher Education Commission's new policy.

AIMC student's petition disposed of
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday disposed of a petition filed by Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) student, Atif Anwar, seeking verification of his documents, after the college principal informed the court that the petitioner's requirement had already been fulfilled.

The petitioner requested the court to direct the college principal to verify his educational certificates, required to get admission in a post-graduation degree programme in the US.

The court had summoned a written reply from the principal. On Wednesday, the principal appeared before the court and submitted a written reply. The principal told the court that the petitioner's certificates had been forwarded to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), after verification.

Expressing satisfaction on the principal's reply, the court disposed of the petition.

The petitioner had submitted that after passing his MBBS in 2005, he had applied for admission in the US. The ECFMG asked him to submit his documents after the college principal's verification in order to appear in the US Medical Licensing Examination.

The petitioner said that he had passed USMLE Step-I in 2006 and had applied for USMLE Step-II, but the principal was not ready to verify the documents.

He said that his father had also talked to the principal, but to no avail. After a lengthy debate, he said that he (principal) was ready to issue a character certificate but would mention that Atif was once expelled from the college for one year. He requested the court to direct the principal to verify his documents and issue a character certificate. Daily Times

PU Child Welfare Centre lauded
Lahore: The Punjab University Child Welfare Centre (CWC) and Vocational Training Centre are rendering great services in educating the special children and imparting vocational training to women.

Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran stated this during his visit to the CWC on Wednesday. Porf Dr Najma Najam, Resident officer-I Bashir Ahmad, Resident officer-II Malik Zaheer, State Officer Aleem Shakir and Centre's Principal Ayesha Wajhiullah were also present.

According to a press release, the VC visited physiotherapy centre, classrooms for mentally retarded, visually impaired children. He shook hand with all children and asked them various question. Some children showed their drawing work and mathematics questions to the VC.

Later, the VC visited the vocational training centre and talked to the women who were stitching clothes and doing artwork. He also witnessed adult education classes for women there. The VC ensured the centre's principal of considering the demands that she made on the occasion. The News
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