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Chevening scholarships for study in UK

11 Pakistanis get Chevening scholarship
Islamabad, Aug 27: The British Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Peter Tibber on Thursday distributed certificates among eleven Pakistani nationals who have been awarded Chevening scholarships for study in the UK.

The British Chevening Scholarship Programme is a dynamic professional development opportunity, designed to identify and support the leaders of next generation across the globe. The scholars will study topics including law and human rights, economics, finance and journalism.

"The Chevening programme is a testament of close ties between the UK and Pakistan in the field of education. I congratulate this year's Chevening scholars for their remarkable achievement. I believe that both the countries benefit from the sharing of ideas and learning that results from the Chevening programme," said Peter.

One of the scholars, who is from South Waziristan and will be studying Law and Human Rights under the programme, said "Human rights is a growing social problem in South Waziristan and I hope my studies will help me serve the masses and make themaware them of their fundamental rights. Daily times

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"I have completed my graduation from Forman Christian College (A Charted University) now i want to do masters from U.K"
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A pity that Pindi has very few govt boys colleges!
Rawalpindi: After passing the secondary school certificate (matric) examination, most of the students, particularly with not very good marks, are running from pillar to post to get admission in some government college in intermediate class for doing FA/F.Sc etc. However because of only a few govt colleges and thus limited number of seats, most of them find it hard to get admission. Most of them are trying to approach some political leader or some other influential person to seek his help in getting admission.

In Rawalpindi there are only four govt colleges which are normally the first choice of students and parents because colleges in private sector charge exorbitant fees which are out of the reach of poor students.

Parents said that seats in government colleges are very limited. They said, "We cannot afford to bear the high fees of private colleges. In this situation it has become very difficult for us to give quality education to our children. There is a dire need of more government colleges for boys here," they said complaining that there are umpteen colleges for girls but boys have always been neglected by successive governments which they termed unfair.

Ikram Ali a father, said that his son had got second division in matriculation and he applied in three government colleges for admission but his name was not there in the first merit list in any college because of his lower grade. "We are afraid that the seats are very limited in government colleges whereas the merit is very high and everyone is also trying to approach the political leader for their reference to get admission," he observed

He said, "I am not in a position to get my son admitted in a private college because of their very high fees. There are very few government colleges in Rawalpindi and Islamabad is far away. The Punjab Education Department should pay heed to the fact that after the nationalization of Hashmat Ali Islamia College way back in early seventies not a single college for boys has been established. We have only Gordon College, Govt College Asghar Mall, Govt College Satellite Town and Govt H A Islamia College. In short not a single college for boys has been opened in about 37 years in this now sprawling city. This should be a point to ponder," he said ruefully.

Asad Khan another father said that everyone is in the race to get his son admitted in government colleges because of the discipline and affordable fees. "But people like me who don't have any reference are disappointed. The name is not in the first merit list. We vainly hope for the second or third lists. Most of such students cannot continue their education. This is causing frustration in society," he said.

He said that private colleges must lower their fee structure so that boys of poor families too could get education in their institutions.

"Admission in a government college in one of the main problems for students if they don't have good first division," said another father Muhammad Majid. He said that although some private institutions are giving reasonably good education but there is lack of discipline and their fees are so high. It is also impossible for a low paid employee to bear the high fees of private schools. "The concerned authorities should open at least four to six colleges in different parts of the city on top priority basis. Till this is done at least number of seats in government colleges must be increased to accommodate most of the students," he added.

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IIU extends admission date of Iqra Centre
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) has extended the date of admissions for various disciplines in its Iqra Centre for Technical Education affiliated with Board of Technical Education Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The decision has been made in a view with the flood disaster, said Iqra Centre Principle Engineer Abdul Majeed Mirza in a statement issued on Thursday. He said that Iqra Centre facilitates students in diploma courses of Civil Mechanics, Electronics, Electrical and Computer Information Technology, Auto and Diesel Technology and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology. The news

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QAU seminar highlights importance of rock paintings
Islamabad: Quaid-e-Azam University's (QAU) Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America organised a seminar on 'American Discoveries in South Asia' here on Thursday with Dr John Mock of the University of California, USA, as a keynote speaker. Mock shared his research work with students and members of faculty on the occasion. Mock's accomplishment lies in finding an abundant material that could be used by social science researchers to re-write the human history.

He lately discovered vast quantities of ancient rock paintings that describe life in the Wakhan area of Afghanistan. Speaking on the occasion, Mock opined there was no substitute for researchers to visit historical sites personally in order to verify their research. "Such research can be doubled checked against historical narratives," he stressed. He said that social scientists usually analyzed existing information and seldom came across original sources while conducting research. "By visiting historical sites, researchers can not only understand the theory but this investigation also enables them to produce much better product of research," he added. Mock gave a presentation on Wakhan's rock paintings through a slide. Most of these paintings are quite detailed, large in size and finely crafted.

Some of the figures are of humans who are riding horses. One sees men in special attire, riding horses that appear to have bridles. Some of the paintings depict hunting and war scenes and others are pastoral depictions. "I carefully pondered over the issues raised by Sir Mark Aurel Stein who was the first to visit the area in 1906," Mock said. Stein was to become founder of the Peshawar Museum later on and went to Wakhan on a relatively quick trip but did not even notice these paintings. Local people think that angels or fairies (Ferishtas) made these paintings. Daily times

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