HEC's scholarship programme faces funds shortage
Funds shortage hits HEC's scholarship programme
Islamabad, Apr 12: Resource constraint has prevented the Higher Education
Commission of Pakistan from sending abroad on scholarship more than 550
qualified candidates who are waiting for the last three years after
completing the selection process.
According to sources, these
candidates have qualified for studies on scholarships in countries like
France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Holland, the Netherlands, New Zealand,
South Korea and Canada. They were selected after passing the NTS
(National Testing Service) and the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
tests and other tests for these scholarships as required by the HEC.
sources confirmed that lack of funds for was the only
reason why these candidates had not been sent abroad yet. Normally, the
whole process should not take more that a year.
Sajid Khan, a
candidate who has been qualified for MS leading to PhD in Batch-II,
said: "I have passed all the tests and interviews and my language test,
which was to take place in January 2010 was cancelled and the HEC has
failed to tell us the exact status of our scholarships."
authorities say they have no funds to send the students aboard for
higher studies although US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during
her last visit to Pakistan, had announced $4 million dollar donation to
Adviser Human Resource Department (HRD), Dr. Riaz
Qureshi of the HEC said: "This is not a dead case and is in
process. As far as the delay in the departure of these students is
concerned, there are a number of issues and problems in the countries
they have applied for." The news
Documents of 21 students misplaced by HEC
Islamabad: Documents of 21 students seeking education in British educational institutions have gone missing.
Informed sources said on Sunday the British High Commission had
sent in August 2009 educational documents of the 21 students to Higher
Education Commission for verification, but were reportedly 'misplaced'
by HEC officials.The sources said that despite repeated reminders from
the British High Commission to the Foreign Office, Islamabad, no clue
to the missing documents had been found.
The sources said the
BHC had sent many reminders to Pakistani authorities for return of the
documents as early as possible because the students' time was being
wasted, but to no avail.
They said that after an internal
investigation, the HEC lodged a police case on the complaint of its
legal adviser Hafiz Aqueel against a former assistant for mishandling
The legal adviser held Bashir Ahmed
responsible for misplacing the documents. However, the accused
nominated in the FIR has not been arrested so far as he has been absent
from duty for the last 18 months.
A Pakistani investigation
agency has still been probing into hundreds of Pakistani passports.
According to media reports, the problem started last year when the BHC
decided to send Pakistani passports to Abu Dhabi for 'decision making'
for final approval of visas.
One of the consignments as had
been reported was seized by UAE authorities who got suspicious of the
transfer of a large number of passports. However, the matter was
eventually resolved, but not before a large number of passports had
A source close to police said that the
investigation into the 'missing' educational documents was likely to be
launched by a Pakistani investigating agency. Dawn
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'Spring Splash' at Preston University
Islamabad: Preston University will hold a weeklong festival 'Spring Splash' from April 12 to 18.
university competitions will be highlights of the festival. Students
will take part in painting and sketching competitions besides debates,
dramas, bridal dressmaking, recital of Naat and singing. Sports
competitions including T-20 cricket, badminton and table tennis will
also be organised.
Other activities will include Roll of Honour Award ceremonies, Mehfil-e-Mushaira, Alumni Dinner and a musical concert. app
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Islamic heritage exhibition at IIUI
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad
(IIUI) will arrange the 'Islamic heritage exhibition' beginning on
Monday to celebrate the university's golden jubilee year.
"The exhibition would reflect diversity of culture of Muslim world as
well as of the countries where Muslims are in minority," IIUI President
Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui said.
The exhibition will
contain cultural artefacts, including dress, pottery, paintings,
photographs, foods, music, art and literature, he added.
said the university's students from 42 countries, including Saudi
Arabia, Iran, UAE, China and Afghanistan, would jointly organise the
exhibition. The students will get the artefacts from their embassies. Dawn
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