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University of Cambridge Scholarships in Pakistan
Lahore, May 14: The University of Cambridge has launched its 800th Anniversary
Scholarships in Pakistan, offering fully-funded scholarships to at least 15
undergraduate students who will obtain admission to the varsity.
scholarships, to be funded through the Cambridge Assessment, will cover tuition
fees, maintenance and travel costs. The £1.25 million initial fund for the
purpose will be spent over the next five or so years.
This was announced
by Cambridge Assessment's Group Chief Executive Simon Lebus at a news conference
at a local hotel on Wednesday.
Cambridge International Examinations
(CIE) chief executive Ann Puntis, Inter-Boards Committee of Chairmen (IBCC)
secretary Ramzan Achakzai and CIE's regional manager for the Middle East, North
Africa and Pakistan William Bickerdike were also present on the occasion.
Mr Lebus said this was a new scholarship programme for undergraduates
from Pakistan with first admission applications for the academic year 2010-2011.
He said the scholarships were competitive and conditional on a college
admission at Cambridge, which would be subject to the varsity's normal admission
criteria. He said the prospective applicants for the scholarships would be
interviewed in Pakistan in October/November this year. The last date for the
submission of applications for the scholarship would be September 20.
a question, Mr Lebus said the Cambridge Assessment would consider increasing the
number of scholarships, if there were certain competitive cases. "If this
scholarship scheme meets success, it is hoped that it will act as a pathfinder
and will encourage other benefactors to provide additional funding to continue
it, once the initial funds are spent down," he added.
Cambridge Assessment was a not-for-profit organisation and a department of the
Cambridge University, he added it owned varsity's three examination boards –
OCR, ESOL and CIE: the largest provider of international qualifications.
Saying that Cambridge had historic links with Pakistan, Mr Lebus added
the launch of the 800th anniversary scholarships was an opportunity to further
develop these links and express university's commitment to the cause of
education in Pakistan.
Appreciating the achievements by Pakistani
students in O and A Level examinations, CIE chief executive Ann Puntis said this
year several local students secured top global scores in a number of different O
& A Level and IGCSE subjects, including economics, psychology, mathematics,
chemistry and literature.
Answering a question, Ms Puntis said the CIE
would introduce A* grades in O and A Level examinations from 2010 and not this
year. The A* grades will enable students to get 90 per cent marks, when they
will get the equivalence certificate from the IBCC for admission to local
medical, engineering and other professional education institutions.
Currently, the CIE is giving A grade to high achievers, which is
equivalent to 85 per cent marks as calculated by the IBCC, which does not enable
A-Level graduates to compete with their counterparts having local boards' FSc
qualifications for seeking admission to professional education institutions.
Ms Puntis said the Pakistani high achievers as well as other students
were very creative and enthusiastic learners. She said Pakistani teachers were
also continuously augmenting their learning base and holding workshops.
IBCC secretary Ramzan Achakzai and CIE's regional manager William
Bickerdike also spoke on the occasion. Dawn
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Irregularities surface in agricultural varsity
Peshawar: Serious irregularities have been unearthed in the NWFP Agricultural
University, but the vice-chancellor of the varsity has termed reports about the
anomalies as baseless and part of a campaign against him.
Sources said that Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Said Khan Khalil was involved in gross
irregularities pertaining to financial misuse, nepotism and favouritism in
recruitment and promotions and others.
The sources said the
vice-chancellor owned MP-2 (Management Position-2) instead of BPS-22. In such a
case, he was supposed to avail the perks specified for MP-2 and was to withdraw
all the privileges he had attained as BPS-22 officer. But he was getting the
package of MP-2 along with all the perks and privileges of BPS-22, the sources
However, when contacted the vice-chancellor said he joined the
revised shape of MP-2 that allowed him to avail himself of the perks he had
already got. The sources said the university employees' benevolent and endowment
fund money was kept in a secret account, not disclosed despite continuous
insistence by the Agricultural University Teachers Association.
vice-chancellor, on the other hand, said it was an old issue. The amount had
already been used in disbursement of salaries by a previous vice-chancellor when
the university was in financial crisis. "The issue has been resolved now," he
Another allegation levelled against the university
administration was that a sum of Rs10.356 million was invested in the PICIC at
the rate of 11.55 per cent profit, but after a week they invested a sum of Rs50
million at 10.50 per cent profit in Habib Bank Limited. Now the money has been
transferred to the NIB to pocket extra commission from the bank, the sources
alleged, adding that there was no record of the same.
Prof Said Khan,
however, said there was an investment committee to decide as to where the
university money should be invested. He said the money was deposited with the
HBL and the NIB that were offering comparatively higher rate and it was never
The sources said that embezzlement was made in the general
sales tax in the installation of feed mill in the university. The sources said
the firm that installed the mill offered Rs13.44 million without the GST. But
two bills have now been passed and the GST payment has been made to the supplier
instead of the GST Department.
The vice-chancellor rejected the
allegation as baseless, saying they had withheld 25 per cent of the payment for
other expenses. He said payment of the GST to the relevant department would be
The sources alleged that the vice-chancellor went to Nepal on a
non-governmental organisation-sponsored trip, but he also charged Rs50,000 from
the university for the same purpose. On this, the vice-chancellor said he
visited Nepal thrice and every time he got advance amount from the university,
but the amount was adjusted on his return. "It is very much on the record," he
pointed out. The News
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Schools closed in Mardan
Peshawar: The Provincial Government has closed all the
government schools in Mardan district for indefinite period. This was state in a
notification issued here on Wednesday. It is further stated that the Internally
Displaced Persons of operation-stricken districts of Swat, Dir and Buner would
be accommodated in these school buildings. It is to mention here that earlier it
was decided to announce summer vacation in Mardan and Swabi districts but later
the government schools were closed for the unannounced time. F.P report
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Punjab University Hostel No. 3 students' demo against lack of facilities
Lahore: The students of Punjab University hostel No.3
(Quaid-e-Azam Hall) have staged a protest demonstration against the
irresponsible behaviour of Hostel Warden and shortage of facilities provided to
students. The students were carrying play cards in their hands on which the
slogans against Dr. Haris Rasheed (Warden Hostel No.3) and illegal assistant
superintendent Azizullah were written. The students were demanding that
Azizullah (Lecturer at department of Mathematics) who is assistant
superintendent of hostel has been illegally appointed here, because he is on
leave of four years from his department and therefore not able to be appointed
as assistant superintendent. There are many illegal persons living in hostel on
behalf of Azizullah.
The students were also demanding that Dr. Haris Rasheed and
Project Director Muhammad Ali must has to be inquired after the corruption they
made in hostel funds on the name of construction. On the order of warden, hostel
administration is not allowing any person to enter in hostel either he is
relative of students or any legal student of other hostels of PU except Hostel
No.3. due to which the group study of the students of same department living in
separate hostels. After the protest Dr. Haris Rasheed made dialogue with
students and said to give a written application of their demands which was later
provided to him. The students at the movement announced that if warden fails to
fulfill their demands, a big protest will be organized against him. Ppi
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HEC scholarship programme team visits PU
Lahore: A five-member delegation of Higher Education
Commission (HEC) Scholarship Programme visited Punjab University and called on
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in his office here at New Campus on
Wednesday. The members of the delegation included Scholarship Programme Advisor
Dr Syed Mahmood Raza, Project Director Rizwana Siddiqui, Project Manager Baqir
Hasnain and Assistant Director Rizwan Shaukat. PU Doctoral Programme
Coordination Committee (DPCC) Chairperson Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain was also
present on the occasion.
The vice-chancellor said the HEC Scholarship Programme
was very important for the universities of the country but unfortunately the
previous administration of PU could not get much benefit from the programme and
only 37 faculty members went abroad for PhD while 150 from University of
Engineering & Technology (UET) and 350 faculty members from COMSATS availed
the opportunity of PhD under this programme. Dr Mujahid Kamran said, however,
the present administration of PU was very serious to address the issue of the
shortage of PhD faculty in the varsity. He said that PU sent its 38 faculty
members to abroad for doing PhD on its own resources and he himself used to urge
the young lecturers and assistant professors to do PhD and get enrolment for PhD
at various forums and meetings.
The delegation also asked about MPhil leading
PhD programme of Punjab University. The vice-chancellor told the delegation that
the PhD programme of PU was of running smoothly and theses of the scholars were
being sent to foreign experts for the final evaluation. The delegation assured
HEC's all-out cooperation to PU administration for producing quality PhDs. Later
the delegation alongwith PU Doctoral Programme Coordination Committee (DPCC)
Chairperson Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain addressed a meeting of PU PhD scholars and
their supervisors and urged them to complete their research as soon as possible. F.P report
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Report sought on use of 'pig' fat in chips
Lahore: Justice Saifur Rehman of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought
a report from three respondents, including federal and provincial health
departments, in a petition challenging the use of colour, extracted from pig
fat, in preparing chips available in the market.
The judge ordered the
respondents to file their replies till June 2. The judge issued the order
while hearing a petition moved by one Muhammad Yousaf Ansari.
petitioner's counsel Rana Asadullah submitted that the ingredient of chips
included a colour named E-631, which was extracted from pig fat. He said the
research, conducted by an America-based scientist, Dr Amjad Khan, proved that
the colour was prepared from pig fat.
He said any such product was
prohibited under the Islamic injunctions and also by the Constitution and its
sale should immediately be stopped.
The counsel submitted that the
manufacturer of the said colour had claimed that it had obtained a no-objection
certificate from a Muslim organisation of Thailand.
He said such a green
signal from a non-Muslim state was of no value. He requested the court to impose
a ban on the product prepared with use of E-631. The News
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TEVTA utilises only 10% of allocated funds
Lahore: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) has utilised only
10 percent of development funds allocated (Rs 2,300 million) in the Annual
Development Programme 2008-9, an official of the Punjab government said on Wednesday.
He said the financial year was ending on June 30,
adding that the remaining funds would lapse on that date. The Punjab government,
on TEVTA's request, allocated Rs 1,351 million as development funds for the
execution of 51 ongoing schemes during 2008-9. Of the total schemes, 20 were
technical, 25 vocational, five commerce, and one miscellaneous.
Finance Department allocated Rs 950 million in the current ADP for TEVTA to
initiate 34 new development schemes, including 7 technical, 22 vocational, one
commerce, three miscellaneous and one in block allocation.
He said it was
strange that the authority had not initiated work on any new schemes in the past
10 months. He said the authority's vision was to enhance global competitiveness
through skilled, qualitative and productive workforce. He said to achieve this
vision, TEVTA would have to develop a demand-driven, standardised, dynamic and
integrated technical education and vocational training system. Non-utilisation
of funds means that the authority has no capacity to deliver or impart technical
and vocational skills to unemployed educated youth, he added.
Bureaucrats: TEVTA Chairman Mosin Syed alleged that the bureaucrats who
had been appointed in the authority during the past nine months were responsible
for the low utilisation of funds. He said they had not designed the development
schemes properly, as they had no concern with ground realities. He claimed the
utilisation of funds was approximately 50 percent in ongoing schemes, adding
that Rs 400 million would be used to revamp the authority and necessary
maintenance work on defective machinery before the end of this financial year.
He hoped the utilisation of development funds would be more than 70 percent by
the end of the current financial year. He said the work on new schemes would be
initiated within this month. Daily Times
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