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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 1972.

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.

He 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 schools.

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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