Fulbright Masters & PhD scholarships 2012

USEFP extends Fulbright scholarships deadline
Islamabad, May 13: The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) has announced extension in the application deadline for 2012 Fulbright Masters and PhD scholarships to June 15.

USEFP is extending the deadline in order to give more time for applicants from all regions and backgrounds in Pakistan to apply.

Speaking at a briefing on Thursday, USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar said, "We are very fortunate that we have the world's largest Fulbright programme in Pakistan. Opportunities for Pakistani students to study in the US have never been greater, and we want to encourage students in remote and disadvantaged parts of the country to apply."

In 2011, Fulbright scholarships had allowed over 386 Pakistanis to study in the US. This is one example of the US government's long-term commitment to the education of Pakistanis and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries. Since USEFP's inception more than 60 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 Americans have participated in USEFP administered exchange programmes.

The Fulbright Programme is just one of many US-government funded educational, professional, and cultural exchange programmes in Pakistan. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and students from FATA and other remote or economically disadvantaged regions are strongly encouraged to apply. All disciplines are eligible, with the exception of clinical medical fields.

Applications are especially encouraged in energy, water and agriculture. More information about the programme as well as standardised testing and free educational advising services can be found on the USEFP website at www.usefpakistan.org.

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Health of students in private schools at stake
Rawalpindi: A number of schools particularly operating in private sector across the district have been providing unsafe drinking water to students while operating in unhygienic condition.

Many health experts believe that consumption of unsafe drinking water at the schools might cause huge damage to students' health. It is also observed that most of the private schools do not follow standard operating procedures on the subject of hygienic condition as the washrooms there are not cleaned up to the standards.

A good number of parents of the students studying at private educational institutions in the city area also complain of the poor hygienic condition at schools adding the educational institutions seldom care for provision of clean drinking water to students.

"All private schools registered with the government need a fitness certificate on hygienic condition every year, which is given after testing quality of drinking water and examining hygienic condition," said District Health Officer Dr. Khalid Randhawa on the subject on Thursday. He, however, admitted that many private schools do not work properly throughout the year for provision of clean drinking water to students.

He said that the district health department this year has adopted an effective strategy to ensure clean drinking water in private schools. "We have been collecting samples of drinking water from schools and sending them to National Institute of Health, Islamabad, for quality checking for the last five months," he said.

He added that in case of any complaint, the health department issues warning to the schools providing unfit for use drinking water to students. "By regular monitoring and strict follow ups, we have ensured clean drinking water in nearly 80 per cent of the total schools across the district." To a query, he admitted that earlier the monitoring of the schools for provision of clean drinking water and hygienic condition was not as effective as it should have been. Most of the schools previously managed to get fitness certificates by using political influence or with the help of concerned staff through underhand deals, "however, we have worked a lot to check the malpractice," he said.

He added that his office has set a target of ensuring clean drinking water to students in 100 per cent private schools by the end of May. "We have decided to make names of the private schools public through media which fail in providing clean drinking water to students or improving the hygienic condition."

Dr Randhawa said that his office has given deadlines to many private schools to ensure good hygienic condition, and if they fail, his office would cancel their fitness certificates even if issued this year. "We have decided to monitor hygienic condition in private schools on regular basis throughout the year," he said.

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Federal colleges get affiliation with the QAU
Islamabad: On the request of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Leader of the House in Senate, Nayyar Bukhari, the government has approved affiliation of all the federal graduate and post-graduate colleges with the Quaid-i-Azam University.

This was stated by Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University, Professor Dr Masoom Yasinzai while speaking at the 26th convocation of Islamabad Model College for Girls (Post-Graduate) F-7/2, held here on Thursday.

A total of 35 post-graduates in Mass Communication while 246 at the bachelors level were awarded degrees by Professor Dr M. Masoom Yasinzai, Vice Chancellor Quaid-e-Azam University who was the chief guest on the occasion.

Addressing the convocation, Professor Yasinzai said it is heartening to know that the college is imparting quality education for the past 28 years. The role of a college as a seat of higher education is quite formidable. He said that the college has started its own FM channel in its state of the art studios of its Mass Communication Department. "Today you have taken a step towards greater responsibilities and the future of Pakistan lies on your shoulders. It is a two-fold responsibility on you, towards your family and towards your nation. You have to play your role in the eradication of illiteracy in the country," he said.

Principal of Islamabad Model College for Girls (Post-Graduate) F-7/2, while presenting the college report said that the pass percentage of Masters in mass communication in the year 2010 was 100% out of 35 students who appeared in the Punjab University exams, 21 students attained 1st division. The voice of Margalla FM 98.6 started its transmission on March 2, 2011. A total of 137 students of B.A., 109 students of B.Sc and 35 Post Graduate Students were awarded degrees and certificates. Ten students received Roll of Honour for their outstanding performances in different university exams.

Azra Raza award was conferred to Sara Ahmed, a graduate of 2009, this year. A cash prize money of Rs50,000 for receiving highest marks in Urdu literature in the college. Rabia Naveed a post Graduate of 2007-2009 session stood first in her class in Punjab University was awarded Hameed Alvi Gold Medal. For extra curricular activities Sidra Imtiaz was declared best player for the session 2010. After the conferment of degrees to the graduates and post-graduates Prof. Ghazala Khalid, Principal of the college presented the college report.

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KUST syndicate meets
Kohat: The 12th meeting of the syndicate of Kohat University of Science and Technology was held here Thursday. KUST Vice-Chancellor Nasir Jamal Khattak welcomed all the members of the syndicate and briefed them regarding the agenda. The syndicate accorded approval regarding upgradation of the university computer operators and study leave cases of the scholars of the university. The members appreciated the initiatives taken by the VC regarding students' welfare fund. The news

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