Fulbright Programme for Pakistani students
Fulbright Programme blessing for talented students: Fulbright Scholar
Islamabad, Apr 24: Fulbright Programme, initiated 60 years ago to provide financial
help and assistance to students is being appreciated by the Pakistani community
especially those who could not afford to get education in the American
universities to heavy expenditures. A number of scholars, who completed their
Master's degrees and Ph.D from different American universities with the help of
Fulbright Programme, termed it a blessing and life time achievement.
programme, started in September 1950 - and the first Pakistanis and Americans
traveled each way that same year.
It was one
of the very first agreements of its kind between the two countries and has since
been extended to 144 countries around the world.
last 60 years, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and Americans have participated in
Fulbright exchanges administered by the United States Educational Foundation in
Dr.Kamal ud Din, a Ph.D. scholar, who completed his Doctorate from Indian
University, Pennsylvania under this Fulbright Programme, said it was a wonderful
facility for those who wanted to improve their education.
who is Prof of English at F.C. College Lahore did his Ph.D. said, "It's a
blessing and very useful option."
to facilities being provided during his stay in America, he said, he was
provided with all type of facilities so that he was fully confident to
concentrate on his study.
blind, therefore, he was first sent to an institute for getting training how to
live independently in United States during his study and it proved very useful
and encouraging for him.
Fulbright Scholar Khurshid Marwat, who did his masters in Public Administration
is a teacher at Institute of Business Administration Karachi termed the
programme very encouraging and supportive.
He said the
programme is very important and playing pivotal role for those who want to get
higher education but could not do so due to financial constraints.
Marwat, who is also an officer in the Income Tax Department, said the Fulbright
Programme, helping Pakistani students and teachers to improve their professional
skill in different fields.
Appreciating the role of US
Educational Foundation in Pakistan, he said, their efforts were very important
in finalising the process for the new scholars.
scholars, appreciating the Fulbright Programme said, it was a source to fulfil
the dreams of those who could not afford to go abroad for higher
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Power outages at QAU
Islamabad: Taking serious notice of frequent power outages, the Academic Staff
Association (ASA) of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has warned that if
the problem was not resolved immediately, faculty members would be left
with no choice but to agitate.
The warning was issued through a
unanimous resolution passed in a recent executive council meeting of
the ASA. The members complained that all academic and research
activities have come to a standstill due to electricity loadshedding.
urged the QAU and Higher Education Commission authorities to influence
Iesco to exempt the university from loadshedding as had been done in
other educational institutions like Punjab University, International
Islamic University and National University of Sciences and Technology.
breakdowns delay the experiments in many departments. In the
departments of chemistry, plant sciences, animal sciences,
microbiology, biochemistry and biotechnology costly chemicals and
material go waste. In some cases, appliances and equipment also got
destroyed or damaged. The university had to install generators in many
laboratories where experiments sometimes take days to complete.
other day, students staged a protest demonstration at the
administration block to press their demands like improvement in hostel
conditions and canteens but one of their major complaints was the
menace of loadshedding which interrupted their studies. In this age of
multimedia and other educational aids, QAU, ranked No 1 university of
the country by HEC and second in the Muslim world, is facing problems
in imparting education to its students because of wrong policies of
rulers who did not install a single power plant in the country in 12
years after 1996.
In the early years, QAU had its power
connection from the Islamabad Club grid station through underground
cables but later the link was shifted to Bhara Kahu grid via overhead
wires. Whenever there was dust storm, the cable link was disrupted due
to falling of cables, polls or trees which took hours to repair. Being
a green area, QAU was in darkness while nearby shining dhokes and
villages like Barri Imam and Narhel bustled with activity. This still
happens during harsh weather.
Bhara Kahu grid being a rural
station was subjected to greater loadshedding hours and the urban area
of QAU became a victim of this added problem which was like rubbing
salt on its wounds.
It was due to this menace that QAU decided
to have a power link from the grid station inside Diplomatic Enclave
through underground link. With a lot of efforts, the university managed
to get and pay a demand note of Rs22 million to Iesco in 2007.
According to reports Iesco dug out the trench for the purpose but a row
with CDA not allowing it to pass the cables through roads operated by
the civic body has stalled the process.
The Campus community is facing the music due to fight between two departments of the Federal Metropolis.
ASA reiterated that the university authorities should actively pursue
the pending issue of electricity supply from the Diplomatic Enclave. The news
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Edu institutions to stay closed today
ISLAMABAD: All schools and colleges working under the Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) will remain closed today (Saturday).
This was announced by Federal Directorate of Education Director General
Shaheen Khan. Shaheen Khan told APP that a formal notification about
closure of federal government and model educational institutions for
two days a week would be sent to all concerned on Monday. FDE made the
announcement in line with a decision taken by the government to close
all institutions for two days a week to lessen impact of the ongoing
energy crisis in the country. app
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BISE Rawalpindi practical exams today
RAWALPINDI, April 23: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(BISE) on Friday announced that practical examinations for senior
school certificate (SSC) would be held as per schedule on Saturday.
The BISE spokesperson, Arsalan Cheema said that though the
government had announced two holidays in a week the schedule for the
practical tests could not be changed for April 24.
the board said its annual prize distribution ceremony for the winners
of different events of sports held by Rawalpindi BISE would be held on
Saturday at Sixth Road Women College.
The prizes would be
given to the winners of the competitions for 2008-2009. The chief guest
on the occasion will be MNA Hanif Abbasi. Dawn
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RMC principal's office detects another irregularity
Rawalpindi: The office of the Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC)
principal and Allied Hospitals in-charge has detected another
irregularity and shifted one of its accounts having Rs18 million to the
Bank of Punjab from a private bank.
At the end of 2007, the RMC
and Allied Hospitals launched a four-year BSc programme having
affiliation with the University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, in
five different courses, including Optometry, Medical Imaging
Technology, Orthotics & Prosthetics, Physiotherapy and Medical
At that time, on the directives of the
then RMC principal, Dr. Muhammad Mussadiq Khan, the account containing
fees of students of the BSc programme was opened in a private bank at
Commercial Market, Satellite Town, against rules and regulations framed
by the Punjab government.
At the time of launch of the
courses, Dr. Naveed Iftikhar Maken serving in BPS 19 was made BSc
programme coordinator, who along with the then RMC principal, was
operating the account in the private bank. After retirement of Dr.
Maken, a lady doctor serving in Grade 17, Dr. Shazia, was made
coordinator of the programme who started operating the account along
with Dr. Mussadiq.
As per rules, the RMC principal should have
operated a bank account containing revenue generated by the RMC and
Allied Hospitals jointly with the finance director at the principal's
office but the finance director was not involved in the matter.
It is pertinent to mention that Dr. Shazia is the wife of an ex-MPA from a constituency in Rawalpindi.
Principal and In-charge Allied Hospitals Professor Dr. Mohammad Afzal
Farooqi, who has taken charge recently, shifted the account from the
private bank to the Bank of Punjab last week. "Dr. Farooqi has informed
the provincial health secretary of the irregularity that was done when
Dr. Mussadiq Khan was the RMC principal," said the official spokesman
of the principal's office, Professor Dr. Abbas Hayat.
It is learned that Dr. Farooqi shifted the
account from the private bank to the Bank of Punjab and directed that
it would be operated by him, along with the finance director, at his
office. However he did not order an inquiry into the matter to fix
responsibility on those involved in the irregularity.
Hayat, when asked whether the RMC principal has ordered to examine the
bank account for any possible embezzlement in it, he said that no such
orders have yet been passed. "The principal's office has not ordered an
inquiry into the case as yet," he said while responding to a query.
Mohammad Afzal Farooqi, when contacted, said that he has informed the
Punjab health secretary about the matter and it is his jurisdiction to
constitute an inquiry committee, if necessary. "The health secretary
will decide whether the opening and operating an account in a private
bank containing revenue generated by the RMC and Allied Hospitals is an
irregularity or not," he said.
To a query, he said that he had
shifted the account from the private bank to the Bank of Punjab as it
was in accordance with rules and regulations. "However, I did not
constitute any inquiry committee because penalising or framing
charge-sheet is not the job of the principal's office," he said.
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City School holds sports gala
Rawalpindi: The senior, junior and nursery branches of the City
School in cantonment participated in their annual sports day at Pasban
Sports Complex, says a press release issued here on Friday.
Senator Dilawar Hussain graced the occasion as chief guest.
event began with the ceremonial march in which all houses of the school
took part. It was followed by an oath-taking ceremony.
students of nursery branch presented a potpourri of colourful displays.
It was followed by track and field events of nursery branch.
nursery branch, the athletes of junior and senior branches descended on
the track to make their mark. The overall mood was festive and students
cheered athletes of their respective houses. The track and field events
included 400m, 800m, 4X400m relay race, tug of war, slow cycling,
football, long jump and short put.
The fever of athletics got
hold of parents and teachers as well. The 100-metre races were
organised for parents. The staff members of the respective branches
took part in the 100-metre race. The students cheered their parents and
teachers as they sped past. The news
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