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Scholarship holders left in the lurch
Islamabad, June 15: Nearly 10,000 students on scholarships
have not received their stipends from April to pay their boarding
expense and tuition fee, the National Assembly Standing Committee on
Human Rights learnt on Thursday.
The future of some 3,500 students availing university and Higher
Education Commission (HEC) scholarships is particularly at stake who are
studying in foreign countries, said Director Human Resource HEC, Wasim
"How can students focus on their studies when they have to worry
about paying university fees or where their next meal will come from?"
said Chairman of the committee MNA Riaz Fatyana describing the situation
as a major human rights violation.
Wasim Hashmi further said that out of the 3,500 students on foreign
scholarships, 1,500 were sent by universities and 2,000 by the HEC. And
out of the total 10,000 students on scholarships, 2,000 hailed from the
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). The students received
between Rs12, 000 to Rs15, 000 stipends.
The meeting had to be cut short due to the on-going parliament's
session but MNA Riaz Fatyana gave directions to the secretary Ministry
of Finance to ensure that the funds were released immediately and a
report of the same should be submitted in the next meeting.
The committee unanimously suggested that HEC/universities should
relax policies and wave off all charges including admission and
examination fees to students from war/conflict-affected regions in the
west of the country until peace prevailed.
"And it should not hurt money-minting private universities to induct a
few students from the war-affected zones free of charge," said MNA Riaz
It was also a matter of concern for the members that the
universities' faculty members had not received their pay despite two
weeks into June. Riaz Fatyana described it a serious concern and said
the recently held Vice Chancellors' meeting also pointed out the issue.
The Ministry of Finance was yet to release Rs3.2 billion for the three months quarter from April to June.
MNAs Dr Attiya Inayatullah and Jameela Gilani urged the chairperson of the meeting to take notice of threats to Asma Jahangir.
All members expressed support and solidarity for the lawyer. The
chair then directed that secretaries Ministry of Defence and Interior be
called in the next meeting to brief the members on the situation
besides inviting Asma Jahangir. Dawn
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RBISE bans underage registration
Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(RBISE) has imposed ban on the registration of 9th class students who
are under 13 years of age. According to information, the board authority
announced that until June 30, all those students who are under 13 years
of age are considered ineligible for registration. They have to wait
for one year to get themselves registered with the board.
All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association has strongly
condemned this move, saying that thousands of students across Punjab
would be deprived of their right to appear in the examination. The
association warned the board administration that they would challenge
the decision in a court of law, if the board failed to withdraw it. Daily times
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'Classroom tension': AIMC student tortured twice in a week
Lahore: A 3rd year (MBBS) student of Allama Iqbal
Medical College was attacked and tortured twice during the last week
after he allegedly passed some 'offensive remark's against a fellow
The 'minor incident' has now become so serious issue as the 3rd year
class has split into two groups - one in favour of the female student
and the other backing Umar Razzaq.
Umer said at least five to six unidentified people intercepted and
tortured him at Faisal Chowk on Thursday. They fled the scene later
hurling life threats at him.
Umar along with other fellows approached the AIMC Principal Office and brought the matter to the notice of the administration.
He informed AIMC principal Prof Dr Javed Akram that it was the second
attack on him during the last week. Earlier, he said an armed student
belonging to the opposite group had intercepted him on the premises of
the college and threatened him with dire consequences.
The presence of armed students in the college irked the AIMC
administration which immediately contacted police and beefed up security
on the campus.
Prof Akram has referred the matter to the AIMC disciplinary committee
headed by Prof Dr Shahida Khwaja to initiate proceedings to expel
students involved in illegal activities.
"We have deployed additional armed personnel at the entrances of both
the college and the hospital, at the duty places of the students and
also on the premises of the college besides hostels", AIMC/Jinnah
Hospital security chief Col Iftikhar Cheema retired told this reporter.
He said a complaint had been submitted to the Garden Town police for
lodging a criminal case against unidentified men who tortured the
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UHS to send 10 PhD students every year to Liverpool varsity
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) will send 10 PhD students every year to study at the University of Liverpool (UoL), UK.
formal agreement was signed here at UHS on Thursday by UHS Vice
Chancellor Prof IA Naveed and UoL Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Ian
Greer. UoL Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Centre for Lifelong
Learning, Prof Ian Willis, Director of Studies in Learning and Teaching
Dr Janet Strivens, UHS Registrar, Dr Asad Zaheer and Controller of
Examinations, Prof Junaid S Khan were also present.
agreement says UoL will waive research support fee in various academic
programmes and will also provide a scholarship to each Pakistani student
equal to tuition fee for the full term.
will be interviewed through video conference/Skype by a panel of
Liverpool faculty. For UHS VC this is just the beginning of what he
hopes will be a long and fruitful association.
Naveed further said that interview had already been done and the project
had the backing of the British Council and the Higher Education
Commission of Pakistan.
Dr Willis Said, "It's a showcase
for the certain kind of expertise Liverpool has to offer in an
international setting and as a result of this we are starting to get
enquiries from other universities for similar projects.
Junaid said, "It is building on our vision of positioning ourselves as a
global university where we are reaching out to institutions all over
He further said that University of Liverpool
is a member of famous Russell Group which is an association of 20 major
research - intensive universities of the United Kingdom.
donation: Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Salman
Rafique has stressed the need for promoting blood donation culture in
the society for saving precious human lives. He said that one pint of
blood could save a precious life of a patient which was a great form of
He expressed these views while leading the
awareness on the eve of World Blood Donors' Day which was organised by
Institute of Blood Transfusion Punjab. The walk started from the main
gate of PIMH, Jail Road, and ended at Racecourse Park. Besides
Commissioner Lahore Rafique Malik, Chief Social Mobiliser Punjab Shaista
Pervaiz Malik, officers of different government departments, Director
Blood Transfusion Prof. Mehfooz-ur-Rehman, representative of NGOs, civil
society and a large number of men and women participated in the walk.
this occasion, Kh. Salman Rafique said the objective of holding the
walk was to acknowledge the humanitarian services of blood donors. Kh.
Salman Rafique observed that a very few people in the society donated
blood, so there was a need to promote awareness among the masses. The news
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