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Cambridge trust seeks funds to raise scholarships for Pakistani students
Karachi, Jan 26: The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust is looking for partners in Pakistan to help increase the number of scholarships being offered to Pakistani students at the University of Cambridge.

Discussions with the Higher Education Commission are also under way to establish a postgraduate scholarship scheme at the doctoral level for all academic disciplines this year.

These views were shared on Tuesday by Micheal O' Sullivan CMG, director of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust. Mr Sullivan spent much of his earlier career in China, serving as the director of the British Council, and later as the secretary-general of the European Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Sullivan is visiting Pakistan to hold meetings with eminent educationists, businessmen, diplomats and alumni of the Oxford and Cambridge universities to raise scholarship funds for Pakistani students.

Mr Sullivan said the trust was established in 1982 by the University of Cambridge, as a charity to support students from member countries of the Commonwealth, who wished to study at Cambridge. Scholarships were awarded on degree courses of all levels, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

"We have always offered scholarships to Pakistan since the formation of the trust. However, the types of scholarships have changed over the years. Many scholarships are openly competed for while some are specific in nature as we work with different partners," he said.

Regarding the objectives of his visit, he said that his aim was to provide opportunities to talented students from less privileged backgrounds to study at an institution of excellence, but this was not possible without the availability of adequate funding.

"We started the 800th anniversary scholarships for undergraduates in 2008 in Pakistan with the support of the Cambridge Assessment (Pakistan) and the University of Cambridge and would like it to expand it further by increasing the funding.

"At Cambridge, the IDB (Islamic Development Bank) offers PhD scholarships in science and technology to students from all member countries, including those from Pakistan. The Noon Educational Foundation (Pakistan) is also supporting a scholarship programme at the university," he said, adding that students could also apply for the Commonwealth Shared Cambridge scholarships meant for one-year postgraduate studies and being run with the support from the British government.

Answering a question as to why the 800th anniversary scholarships were not being offered in medicine and veterinary medicine, he said the reasons included the high cost of education. Besides, access to those programmes was limited by the government quota.

Every year, 10 to 20 students from Pakistan studied at the Cambridge University with the trust's support. "We get a fairly good number of applications and there is no fixed quota for students who are selected according to the set criteria. Sixty-seven Pakistani students with scholarships have studied at Cambridge over the last five years in its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes," he said.

According to Mr Sullivan, the trust is currently supporting 577 students from 29 countries of the Commonwealth, including 34 students from Pakistan.

China topped the list of students securing scholarships, followed by the United States and India. The trend was also reflective of the number of students studying at the institution.

He said undergraduate students who went through the Cambridge or the IB (International Baccalaureate) system were likely to be called for interviews.

"This is a practical constraint. Fortunately, in Pakistan there are many schools offering the Cambridge system where support from philanthropists is also available. So, access to studying at a prestigious institution is not limited in a way."

Referring to the Gates scholarship programme at Cambridge, he said the highly competitive postgraduate scholarships were open to all nationalities and were fully funded by the foundation.

Apart from considering academic excellence and individual motivation, students were also examined for leadership skills, which was not part of the selection criteria for other scholarships.

According to Mr Sullivan, Gates Cambridge scholarships were gained by one Pakistani scholar in 2008-09 and two in 2009-10.

Asked about the utility of investing in foreign student scholarships in developing countries where most students did not return to their home country, Mr Sullivan said it was a question of employment opportunities and quality of life.

"There are developing countries which are encouraging their nationals to return and work. For instance, China has started many attractive progrmames for this purpose. Brazilian students studying abroad are now inclined towards returning to their homeland because of the growing economy of their country."

Regarding the performance of Pakistani students, he said they were highly motivated and had a good reputation at Cambridge. "Many of them are studying as science and engineering students. I wish to see them more in the social sciences.

"Interested students should visit our website to get specific information." Dawn

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Name: Mohan Sharma
City, Country: Delhi

"iam medical student"
Name: fayaz ali
City, Country: sukkur


"sir i m orphan student and i want to take scholarship"
Name: rizwan
City, Country: lahore

"i want a scholarship for higher study"
Name: atta
City, Country: islamabad

"I am doing M.Phil in Political Science at the moment but looking forward for an M.Phil/PhD scholarship abroad."
Name: waqar khan
City, Country: Peshawar,Pakistan

"I am doing PhD English Thesis on the linguistic analysis of the Quran Verses about Prophet Muhammads (PBUH)leadership. Please help me in getting a scholarship from some Saudi institution."
Name: Muhammad Azmat
City, Country: Haripur, Pakistan

"I have done my master in mass communication and want to get my higher education in this prestigious institution."
Name: wafa
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"hi! em dr jaiwanti i have passed my mbbs in 2011 i have done 1yr house job 1yr other cilical experince can i apply for moh or haad exam?"
Name: dr jaiwanti
City, Country: pakistan hyderabad

"am orphan student .my father was died from CVA plague .i need scholarship for my study ,so that i contineu my study .thanks"
Name: zafar iqbal
City, Country: karak pakistan

"sir i m orphan and doing msc economics i need scholerships."
Name: sadia
City, Country: chakwal

"Sir,I m an orphan boy I want to study Abroad and need a Foreign scholarship"
City, Country: Nasirabad


"I am working as a lawyer for about 6 years, & work for female rights. I cannot afford study abroad. I want to get LLM scholorship from Cambridge & want to do something for women. Thankz"
Name: Hafsa
City, Country: SARGODHA

"I am law graduate ..its a good news to more scholorships. I also want to do my llm..wana get scholrship?"
Name: Zia ur rehman
City, Country: Lahore

"I am orphan student. My father was died IN 2006. I need scholarship for my study, so that i continue my study. Thanks?"
Name: Hamoud Raza Mazher

"Sir, i'm orpan student i have done dae (electrical 3 years) now i have need scholrship for engineering university plz. I shall thankfull tu you. And always prayer for u.?"
City, Country: Peshawer

"I think this scholarship is a golden chance for me to prove myself.I am interested in English literature and Linguistics. Please inform me through my email.?"
Name: Mahmood Khan
City, Country: Peshawer, Pakistan

"Salam sir I have completed my fsc and my father has been died since 2012 now I want to study more in B.S. program and I have not too much sources so that I could continue my education and I am very fond of education so I request you to grant me scholarship as I am needed for this scholarship?"
City, Country: Jhelum, Pakistan

"I am orphan boy and study in F.Sc(pre-engineering). I deserve for scholarship to get my aim.?"
Name: M.waqas
City, Country: Nenala khurd, okara, Pakistan

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Literature festival
Karachi: The second Karachi Literature Festival being organised by the British Council and Oxford University Press-Pakistan begins on Feb 5, the organiser announced on Tuesday.

The two-day event would be held at a local hotel from 10am to 9pm on both days, they said, recalling that the first event of the series held in March last year had received a great deal of attention and acclaim internationally.

A large number of well-known local and foreign authors, playwrights and poets would be participating in the upcoming festival, they said. app

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Education Expo attracts students
Lahore: The two-day International Education Expo 2011, which started at the PC Hotel here on Tuesday, attracted a large number of prospective students on the first day.

The event, organised by HR Consultations (pvt) Ltd in collaboration with the Jang Group, is representing dozens of top universities and colleges from across the world, mainly from the UK, Canada, the US and Australia.

The participating institutions are offering a wide range of academic programmes, including business management, computing and IT, engineering, fashion and design, communication studies, law, architecture, public health and medicine, agriculture, etc.

Representatives of the foreign institutions have set up stalls in the expo to provide on the spot comprehensive information to the prospective students seeking admissions to top-ranking educational institutions of the UK and many other countries.

A number of visiting students said they had detailed discussions with the representatives of the foreign universities and colleges about their prospects of studying abroad.

They termed the presence of recognized professionals in the field of foreign education the most beneficial part of the expo.

They were of the view that such events should be organized on regular basis as the same were of great help for those planning to study abroad.

Irfan, a student, said he had liked the expo as it had provided him an opportunity to have interaction with recognized professionals in the field of foreign education.

Another visitor, Haider, expressed similar views, saying discussion with experts had helped him as well as many other students like him.

University of Hertfordshire's marketing manager, Akif Khan, said the response on the first day of the Education Expo 2011 was good, adding the participating institutions were expecting tremendous response on the concluding day (today).

Talking about his university, Akif said the varsity had 21 schools and was offering more than 550 different academic programmes.

Around 500 Pakistani students were currently enrolled in different programmes at the varsity, he added.

Navitas country manager (North America) Adeel Saeed Mir said that they, in collaboration with two top varsities in the Canada and five universities in the US, were offering various academic programmes in different disciplines.

Zohaib Raheem, representing Thames College London, said that most of the visiting students were interested in academic programmes related to business and management.

He was of the view that the prospective students must visit the expo to get firsthand and comprehensive information related to their prospects of studying in the UK and many other countries. The expo will also continue from 11am to 7pm at PC Hotel on Wednesday (today). The news

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PU debaters
Lahore: Punjab University students Syed Fahad Kazmi and Salman Naveed Butt have excelled in the sixth International Premchand Parliamentary Debate contest held in Delhi, India, last week. Debaters from 60 international educational institutions took part in the contest. The PU debaters bagged the 20th position, says a press release.

AS&RB: The PU Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS&RB) on Tuesday approved 11 PhD synopses, four reports on PhD theses and two panels of examiners for PhD theses review. The board also granted extension in one case. Dawn

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No student to be expelled, LHC told
Lahore: On behalf of the Punjab government, Advocate General Khawaja Haris Ahmad has told the division bench of the Lahore High Court Monday that the provincial government is committed not to expel a single student from the government colleges nor the fees therein would be increased.

Despite this clear stand, he said, still the teachers were using students for their interests and holding protest demonstrations, he added. The nation

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Private schools open despite govt notification
Lahore: The private sector schools once again, defying government's instructions, kept their campuses open on Tuesday despite the official announcement to observe the day as holiday in the provincial metropolis.

Many of the elite schools, including those of Beaconhouse School System and Lahore Grammar School (LGS), remained open for academic activities despite the Punjab government had declared to observe Tuesday as holiday in Lahore in the wake of Urs of Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA) and Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

On the other hand, many private schools justified the working day by maintaining that they did not receive any notification from the government in connection with the holiday. Interestingly, the notification regarding holiday was widely circulated through TV channels.

While the office of the Executive District Officer (Education) forcibly closed down over two dozens private schools, mostly the campuses, not owned by big names in the private sector.

The teams from the EDO Education's office closed down different branches of American Lycetuff and other such schools in different areas.

This situation put the students and their parents in great trouble, as they remained confused whether to follow the administration of schools or the government.

It is learnt that new EDO Education Lahore Muhammad Pervaiz Akhtar did not visit even a single private school to ensure compliance of the government's notification in connection with the holiday.

When contacted, EDO Pervaiz Akhtar said different teams were set up to take action against the schools not following government's orders, adding around 25 different private schools were closed down.

He said the schools which escaped the inspection would definitely be served show cause notices and explanation would be sought as to why they did not follow the instructions.

To a question, Pervaiz Akhtar said he could not visit schools on Tuesday, as he was busy in connection with the establishment of schools in place of schools demolished during the construction of the Ring Road. The news

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