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23 Pakistanis to go to UK on Chevening scholarship
Islamabad, Aug 26: Honouring Pakistani scholars, UK High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson hosted a
reception at the British High Commission to present certificates to 23
Pakistanis awarded with Chevening Scholarship to study in Britain in 2011-12.
The British Chevening Scholarship Programme remains a dynamic,
professional development opportunity, designed to identify and support the next
generation of leaders from across the globe. The Chevening Programme began in
Pakistan in 1983 and has since sent over 1,000 Pakistanis to study in the UK.
Pakistan remains one of the top priority countries for Chevening awards.
This year the number of scholars from Pakistan has increased by almost 50 per
cent compared to last year. The selected 23 scholars will study in the range of
areas such as governance & democracy, communication and journalism, gender
studies, social development, public administration, law and human rights,
finance and economics, security and counter terrorism.
While speaking to
the scholars on the occasion, the UK High Commissioner urged the Pakistani
scholars to be proud of their achievements for being successfully selected for
the Chevening Scholarship to help developing new skills and knowledge that will
not only be valuable for their future development, but also valuable to the
future of Pakistan. Welcoming the young scholars to the Chevening family, Adam
Thomson also gave them a brief foreword about the dynamic, vibrant and
multicultural society of UK.
The Chevening Scholarship and fellowship
schemes were conceived to build and maintain a strong and meaningful personal
relationship between the two countries. It is a highly competitive process
designed to identify the most promising of the next generation leaders and
influencers to promote an affinity and greater understanding of the UK s culture
and values. These scholarships are offered in over 150 countries and enable
talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and
gain skills, which will benefit their countries.
The Chevening Programme
began in 1983 (the first scholars started in 1984, fellows in 2005) and has
developed into a prestigious international scholarship and fellowship scheme.
The FCO now awards nearly 1,000 scholarships and over 200 fellowships every year
and there are over 32,000 alumni. The news
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Shah minted Rs 10m from students: QAU admin sources
Islamabad: The Administration official of QAU secrecy branch on
conditions not to be named told Daily Times that during preliminary
investigations regarding the matter; it was found that Shah has looted a lot of
students. The official said that during interrogation it was also found that in
2011 more than 700 students came to collect their degrees and Shah took almost
Rs 12,000- 15,000 from each student in the name of degree late fee charges and
earned Rs 10 million from students. He said that it was also found that Shah was
not solely involve in that matter and any other persons could also be involved
in it. Daily times
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University to take strict action against accused: VC
Islamabad: QAU VC Masoom Yasinzai Talking to Daily Times confirmed
that he has received the application and constituted a three-member inquiry
committee to probe that scam. He said preliminary investigations disclosed that
millions of rupees had been looted from students using the name of the
university. The VC said that it was confirmed that Shah was involved in that
matter and they were collecting concrete evidences against him. He said that
university administration would take strict action against the alleged person if
he found guilty. Daily times
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Rent of 26 schools housed in private buildings paid by teachers
Rawalpindi: Due to non-availability of space, 26 schools run by Punjab government are being
operated in rented houses in Rawalpindi district for the last 40 years and the
most ironical fact in the whole scenario is that the teachers as well as
headmasters also have to share the rent through an agreement signed way back in
Well-informed sources told The News that rent paid for these
schools including primary, secondary and higher level is an extra burden on
exchequer of the Education Directorate and it could be saved if it is spent on
repairs or renovation of government buildings.
The sources said that the
teachers were already receiving meagre salaries and working without any perks
and privileges and the deduction of share for rent from their monthly emoluments
puts further burden on them.
Talking to The News SES Teachers Association
President Shafiq Balawalia confirmed that more than two-dozen government schools
were being operated in private rented buildings and the share of rent was
deducted from the teachers salaries serving in these institutions. He demanded
off the government to end this practice as the teachers salaries were far lesser
then those serving in private schools.
Though Commissioner (Rawalpindi)
Zahid Saeed agreed that over 26 government schools were being operated in
private rented out buildings however, he did not agree with the claims that the
share of rent was deducted from the teachers or headmasters salaries.
said that due to lack of space these government schools were being run in
private buildings and the rent was paid by the government and not by the working
staff. How could one bear or tolerate if the amount is deducted from their
emoluments, he asked.
Responding a query, he said government does not
possess land in Rawalpindi to build schools therefore some government schools
were being run in private buildings on excessive rents. Several times, the
owners of private buildings create problems for them putting pressure for
vacating the building despite having an agreement regarding operating government
However All Punjab Teachers Association Rawalpindi District
President Saghir Aalam did not agree to the fact that over 26 government schools
were being run in private buildings.
The figure is just three or four
where the government has opened up schools in rented private buildings. Only few
teachers, at their own pay Rs500 as share for rent for their personal interests
and there is no pressure on the part of the government in this regard, he
claimed. The news
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