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HEC to resume overseas scholarship programme
Lahore, May 11: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has resumed its overseas scholarship programme for MS/MPhil leading to PhD which was earlier put on hold because of cut in funding by the federal government.

In November 2008, the HEC had to put on hold overseas scholarship scheme after grants were slashed. The decision had disappointed prospective students because most of them had not only secured admissions to foreign universities but had also obtained visas.

The issue had drawn widespread condemnation for the government as other students who were already studying at foreign universities under HEC's overseas scholarship scheme had also faced problems. The government was widely criticised for spending lavishly on "bulky" cabinet and depriving brilliant students of opportunities to study at foreign universities.

A couple of days ago the commission started sending emails to students to inform them that it intended to resume scholarships which were earlier put on hold.

An email sent by an HEC official to one of the students reads: "It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the HEC has received full funds from the government of Pakistan and it intends to resume scholarships which were earlier put on hold due to severe financial crunch."

A number of students expressed happiness over the decision saying the process should be completed immediately so that students and their families might not suffer anymore.

A student, Attique, said the commission should make sure that those who had secured admissions might join their institutions from coming academic session.

"We have already gone through a tough competition", he said adding "the commission should not restart the whole process like signing security bonds etc".

When contacted, HEC executive director Dr Sohail H Naqvi said the government had released an amount of Rs 16.2 billion adding out of it Rs 8 billion was meant for overseas scholarship scheme.

To a question, he said there were around 340 students whose scholarships were put on hold adding most of these had secured admissions to universities of New Zealand, Italy, Germany and other European countries.

Dr Naqvi said students' cases would be processed individually adding the commission wanted to complete the process as soon as possible.

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"This is encouraging sign for HEC Selected Scholars. But what about the Pending Scholarship Cases of scholars selected on faculty development program of Public Sector Universities whose scholarships were held back because of cut in HEC Funding to those Universities. "
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Punjab teachers to continue protest
Lahore: The Tehreek-e-Asataza Punjab (TAP) has decided to continue its protest movement unless a notification for approval of a summary of demands is issued.

According to a press statement issued on Sunday, the decision was taken at a meeting of the executive body of the TAP while resolving to launch protest rallies in addition to camps at the district headquarters.

The body also announced a protest rally from Islamia College Civil Lines to Punjab Assembly on May 20.

Earlier, the TAP delegation met Punjab Chief Secretary Javed Mahmood on the issue of summary of demands approved by the HEC regarding making the contract teachers permanent, one scale promotion and other demands.

The chief secretary assured the teachers that notification regarding fulfillment of their demands would be issued soon.


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UET Lahore convocation postponed
Lahore: The 19th convocation of the University of Engineering &Technology (UET) Lahore, scheduled to be held on May 23, 2009, has been postponed. The new date of convocation will be announced later.


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Class five student distinction
Faisal Zahid, son of Zahid Pervaiz, of the Government Junior Model School, Wahdat Colony, stood first in his school by securing 387 marks in class five examinations. The school headmistress awarded him a trophy.


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PU wins debating contest
Lahore: The Punjab University English and Urdu Debating Teams won first position in the 12th All Pakistan Inter University Debate Contest organized by the Higher Education Commission.

Shamoon Ahmad of PU College of Pharmacy and Saba Mahmood of Hailey College of Banking and Finance represented the English Debate Team while Mudassar Iqbal of Institute of Communication Studies and Atif Ali of College of Information Technology were members of Urdu Debating Team.

The PU teams have been awarded Allama Iqbal Shields both in English and Urdu.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran congratulated the winning students on their historic victory in the biggest inter university debate contest in which about 127 universities participated at regional level and national level.

He praised the devotion and efforts of Advisor Students Prof Dr Muhammad Makshoof Athar and Deputy Adviser Students Muhammad Zubair Akram to prepare the students for such type of activities.


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FC College cancels tour after bus fire
Lahore: A recreational trip of the Forman Christian College University was cancelled on Sunday when one of the buses, carrying students and teachers, caught fire near Sukheki on the motorway. However, no one was injured in the incident, which took place at around 11:40am.

The Sociology Department of the university had arranged a tour of the Rohtas Fort.

A number of the university students, requesting anonymity, said the condition of the three buses, out of the fleet of five, was poor. They said one of the three old buses caught fire because of some fault in the engine, which had suddenly started emitting smoke. They said the students on board were got off the bus before the fire engulfed the vehicle, which was badly damaged by the fire. The students said the motorway police and rescue teams reached the spot and put the fire out the fire. The students of the damaged bus were accommodated in other buses for coming back to the city as the programme was cancelled. They criticised the university administration for not arranging fit buses for the tour.

"It is strange that the university has been charging huge sums of money from students but cannot arrange fit buses," they said.

A student said the department had collected Rs300 per student for the tour, adding that it was sad that no proper arrangements were made. He said neither any safety measures were adopted nor first-aid kit was available in the vehicles.

Another student said the administration must have made sure whether the buses were fit to travel such a long distance, adding the incident had exposed the fact that the buses were not checked at a workshop before the trip.

When contacted, FC College University registrar Hamid Saeed said the students alighted from the bus when it was stopped after smoke emitting from the engine was noticed.

To a question, Mr Hamid said a total of four buses were carrying students, teachers and staff, adding that two of these were new while two were given to the college by the government in 1995. He said the condition of all the buses was not bad, adding that it was difficult to detect a fault in the affected vehicle's engine. The News


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