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Ministry shelves 400 PhD scholarships project
Islamabad, Mar 24: A project of 400 foreign Ph.D. scholarships for strengthening
human resource development in the Ministry of Science and Technology has been
deferred again due to financial constraints, it is reliably
The Rs50 million project initiated by the Ministry of Science and
Technology for the development of sound high-tech manpower in the emerging field
of science and technology but the government has slashed its funds under the
Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) during this financial year. It was
envisaged that besides a project director, staff of approximately 9 persons
would be hired.
The project titled 'Strengthening of HRD in the MoST &
its organisations (Development of 400 PhDs)' was approved in the financial year
2008-09 but due to non-allocation of funds it could not be started.
non-availability of Ph.Ds and inadequate high-tech manpower in the specialised
fields of science and technology organisations under the Ministry of Science and
Technology, the Ministry envisaged the programme to produce 400 Ph.Ds in
emerging fields of science and technology who would be driving force to uplift
the industrial base of Pakistan.
Moreover, 200 scientists of science and
technology organisations were also to be trained for a period of 3-6 months by
sending them abroad. The Nation
HEC seeks PhD students' record
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked all the
universities to provide it information regarding students, doing PhD, as it has
decided to issue a directory, containing names of PhD degree holders from 1947
to 2008 for the protection of data and verification of degrees.
project will be approved in a meeting of (HEC) Board of Governors to be held on
March 31," said HEC Director Dr Riaz while talking to this agency on
"Speedy work is in progress on the project and the commission
would issue the names of PhD students in gazette form while all investigative
data (thesis) would be provided on the website of the commission so that the new
students could get access to the information and protect the data from
plagiarism," he maintained. online
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FDE to award scholarships to outstanding students
Islamabad: As many as 500 students of middle and matriculation
level will get scholarships on merit under the centralised system of
examinations conducted by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) last
"The scholarship will be provided to students of Islamabad Model
Colleges and private institutions within two weeks," official sources told this
news agency on Saturday.
They said that these scholarships would be given
purely on the basis of merit in the centralised primary and middle level
examinations held under the FDE.
About 300 top students, including 150
girl students of middle standard will get a scholarship amounting to Rs 200 on
monthly basis for a period of three years. While 100 boys of matriculation and
the same number of girl students will get Rs 300 per month for two years,
sources added. App
QAU holds spring flowers exhibition
Islamabad: Spring arrived with its own share of colours and happiness.
Multicoloured flowers can be seen blooming in gardens, parks and dividers of
the Capital. To mark the arrival of this beautiful and much-cherished season,
the Horticulture Cell of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) held its annual Spring
Flowers Exhibition. The exhibition, which was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Dr
Qasim Jan will continue till March 25.
A multitude of flowerpots can be seen
arranged in symmetric patterns in the area between the Physics and the
Administration buildings, extending up to the Central Library of QAU. Flowers of
different colours, shapes and sizes are visible in gardens, on tiny artificial
hills and in pots lining walkways and fountains.Among the plants, everyday
flowers like pansies and petunias are common and are present in almost every
colour. Then there are flowers with names quite novel to the common man's
knowledge, however they possess beauty that can stir our spirits. Among these,
the ranunculus, which is a flower producing clusters of up to three cup-shaped
layers of petals, is present in fairly large numbers.
Another group of
eye-catching flowers are the gazanias, ranging in colours from yellow to brown
and golden, with striking contrasting central zones.
Written test mandatory for SHOs
Islamabad: Inspector General of Police, Islamabad Syed Qalb-e-Abbas
has made compulsory a written test for police officials for their appointment as
Station House Officers.
An objective paper will be taken in which they will
have to take 65 marks out of 100 to get appointed as Station House Officer and
others failing to get 65 marks will be declared ineligible.
The first test of
this nature was held here on Monday in which several inspectors took part but
its result was still awaited.
The IG had issued Standard Operational
Procedure in which the inspectors were directed to prepare themselves for the
test, adding that anyone who wanted to be SHO will have to pass the
Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police Islamabad, Tahir Alam Khan
has transferred SHO Margalla Police Station, Mohammad Nawaz Bhatti and sought
explanation. However, new SHO had to be appointed in his place. The Nation
Pre-school graduation ceremony held
Islamabad: A colourful and lively Pre-School Graduation Ceremony of
Shaheen School System was held in picturesque setting of Margalla Hills, says a
press release issued here Sunday.
Song, music and the tender gestures of
little children added to the spirit of the occasion. It was a big day for the
kids as well as their proud parents. The function commenced with a beautiful
welcome song, which was followed by tableau, skits, individual and group
activity and a host f well conceived items. The audience loudly applauded the
efforts of the students.
The children stage activity was followed by
prize distribution and oath taking ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, chief
guest Begum Munazza Arshad Sethi, wife of the managing director Shaheen
Foundation, appreciated the hard work and dedicated efforts of Madam Tayyabah
Khalid the Section Head and the teaching faculty. She observed the small
children were like clay and could be moulded into the desired shape. "As
teachers and elders it is our responsibility to pay individual attention to the
needs of each child." The News
IIU to celebrate cultural week from 26th
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) women campus
would hold its annual international cultural week from 26th March to 28th March.
It is a much-celebrated event, which includes the participation of a large
body of national and international students, faculty members, diplomats, and
prominent social figures, says a press release of the university.
programme, the inauguration ceremony would be on March 26th at 10:30 am the
venue for inauguration ceremony is female Cafeteria.
While closing ceremony
would be held on Saturday (March 28th) at 11:30 am at the female Campus of
international Islamic university. Ppi
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KMU VC slot, denying due right to other aspirants
Peshawar: The short-listing process for the post of vice-chancellor of Khyber
Medical University (KMU) has reportedly been manipulated in a way so as to
catapult a few selected candidates for the interview, denying due right to other
Nowadays the modus operandi for choosing blue-eyed is to
develop criteria for short-listing that benefits only the favourites. The same
technique was adopted in the selection of chief executives for the four tertiary
care hospitals of the province and now merit appeared to be the casualty in the
selection of the VC, said a source in Health Department.
for the post were held Thursday last where eight aspirants were called for
Many deserving candidates, who have good background, were
entirely ignored. Citing an example, the source said that an assistant
professor of dentistry was short-listed who did not have any administrative or
academic background but a recently retired professor and principal of Khyber
Medical College was not considered for the interview.
chief executive of Ayub Medical Complex and Head of Surgery Department at Ayub
Medical College was not even considered for the interview, he added.
Criticising the criteria for short-listing, a senior professor said it
was a tailored criteria because very junior professors were short listed while
professors with 10-15 years experience were totally ignored. He said the Health
Department should have told about the criteria on which they short- listed the
"It shows that the whole exercise was meant to accommodate
the blue-eyed person. It cannot be called as a transparent process," he
The senior doctors expressed their disappointment over the
selection procedure and said that politicians would influence the decision.
They were of the opinion that depriving the senior doctors even of
appearing in the interview was seen as an act of total indifference towards
Attack on Malakand University fails
Peshawar: The deadly attack on the University of Malakand in Chakdara town of
Lower Dir district with threat of more such attempts in future failed to keep
the nearly 3,000 students away from studies there.
Equally determined is
the teaching and administrative staff members, who are struggling to continue
disseminating knowledge to future nation builders from this backward and
"The morale of our students is high despite the
attack and they have been attending their classes as before," the
Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr Muhammad Rasool Jan, said. He said that
BA, B.Sc examinations from first to eighth term were in progress, adding that
the attack had not affected the process of examinations.
vice-chancellor also said the students of masters programmes were also taking
classes regularly and unhindered. It shows the resolve of the students to carry
on their education despite serious threats.
"Let me make it crystal clear
that the attack has not broken our resolve to continue the process of education
here. Before the incident, I used to come at 9 in the morning but now I reach my
office at 8:30 am to send a strong message that we are not scared," he added.
The vice-chancellor claimed that after the incident, he had started
visiting hostels during nights to boost the morale of students. "Even female
students are in high spirits despite the threats," he remarked.
university was attacked by 40-60 heavily armed militants on Wednesday, killing
four police officials and a guard. Officials of the university said that another
attempt to attack this educational institution was also made on Thursday but the
guards warded it off.
The university, he resolved, would not be closed
as he enjoyed the support of the government and local people. "I thank the
people of Dir and (Adenzai) Amn Jirga for extending support. People have
declared it an attack on their honour and offered to provide volunteers for the
security of the university. I am not alone at this critical juncture," he said.
It could not be ascertained as to why the militants have been bent upon
targeting this nascent seat of learning. When asked, Muhammad Rasool said that
the government had arrested some of the militants involved in attack on the
university and should properly question them to know the reasons. "It's now the
responsibility of the government to unearth the elements and motives behind this
attack and stop such happenings in future," he said and hastened to add that the
university vehicles had not been returned yet.
About the security steps
for the university after the attack, he said that no educational institution was
ready to fend off such attacks.
However, he said that some measures had
been taken to beef up security while others were underway.
placed a request with the government through district coordination officer and
Malakand commissioner to deploy scouts at the campus," he added. The News
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