Pakistani students in Cuban medical institutions

300 Pak students to receive degrees in medicine from Cuba
Islamabad, May 23: Cuban Ambassador Jesus Zenen Buergo Concepion has said that by October 2012, 300 Pakistani students will be awarded professional degrees in medicine by Cuban medical institutions.

The Cuban ambassador shared this information in a meeting with the delegation of the National Youth Assembly. National Youth Assembly President Hanan Ali Abbasi led the delegation. He said that the first batch of 310 students had already completed four years of medical study and their fifth year started from February 2012 along with a comprehensive course in Spanish.

"The students will return to Pakistan in 2013 and 2014 after completing their studies," he said adding that the results for the academic year 2010-11 had shown that the cumulative result of Pakistani students was 99.67 per cent.

The ambassador informed that the scholarship of Pakistani students included tuition fee, books, free laundry, 'halal' food, lodging, health insurance and other miscellaneous expenditures.

"In addition, the Government of Pakistan is providing a monthly stipend of 50 Euros per month to all the students and their return air ticket".He informed the delegation that Pakistani medical students in Cuba had shown remarkable performance among the students from over 120 different countries. "Over 1,000 Pakistani students are pursuing medical studies funded by the Government of Cuba," he further mentioned. National Youth Assembly president proposed some potential areas of mutual cooperation between Cuban and Pakistani youth.

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AIOU launches MS, MPhil courses
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will concentrate on launching educational programmes, which will help students in earning their livelihood and take part in the overall socio-economic development of the country, said AIOU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi.

He stated this while addressing the launching ceremony of MS Management Sciences and MPhil (Economics) programmes in the Spring Semester 2012.

Professor Dr. Sangi said that the AIOU is engaged in introducing new skill-based and indigenous technical know-how programmes aimed at enhancing participation of students in economic activities. He urged AIOU students across the country to play their role in effectively addressing problems being faced by the nation.

He said that the university will keep attaching top priority to accessibility of equal quality education throughout the country by using latest digital technology.

Dr. Sangi said that management sciences and economics departments of the university have completed their admission process in the shortest possible time. He hoped that students would benefit from new educational programmes. He said that new educational programmes being launched by the university will further upgrade education standards and enrolment at the higher education level.

Professor Dr. Abdul Hafeez, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Professor Dr. Rashid A Naeem, chairman of the Management Sciences Department, also addressed the ceremony.

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Rector IIUI at the receiving end
Islamabad: It is not the qualification and experience that a Vice Chancellor/Rector of a public sector university requires in Pakistan. All he needs is the ability to please the diplomats. The case of Rector of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Professor Fateh Mohammad Malik (who has recently been sent on indefinite leave by the Presidency) is a classic example of how our intellectuals have been left at the mercy of foreign diplomats, some of whom have strings of many departments in their hands including IIUI.

Professor Malik has been charged with inviting the ambassador of a brotherly country on IIUI annual cultural event; arranging seminar on Arab spring and using such phrases and poetic verses of Allama Iqbal which were not liked by many; opening a language department; signing MoUs with several universities; inviting novelist and journalist Muhammad Hanif to deliver a special lecture and holding a 'co-Mushaira' at the university. The rector was informed by the Presidency that some ambassadors were not happy with him over 'his policies'. "I have been trying to convert this glorified madrassa into a university. It is not the Zia era, the political reality has changed and we need the latest knowledge and technology to compete with the world," tells Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, Rector IIUI on leave.

The problem, according to him goes long back when he refused to surrender to strong Jammat-e-Islami (JI) influence in the university. "I have told them that this is an Islamic University and not university of Jammat-e-Islami. They always complain that I have been turning the university into a co-education institute. I told them many JI leaders and their close relatives have been running co-education institution, if it is that un-Islamic why would they not stop them doing so." The news

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PhD degree conferred on Turkish PM
Islamabad: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday was conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations by the Quaid-e-Azam University. Acting President Nayyer Hussain Bokhari conferred the degree on the Turkish premier at a ceremony at the Presidency.

His Pakistan counterpart, Prime Minister Gilani, members of the federal cabinet, diplomats and other officials and the academic staff of Quaid-e-Azam University were also present on the occasion.

The PhD degree was conferred on the visiting prime minister to honour his efforts in promoting understanding between civilisations, interfaith harmony, tolerance, freedom, democracy and human rights as reflected in Turkey's dynamic foreign policy under his leadership. Quaid-e-Azam University Vice Chancellor Masoom Yasin Saeed, while highlighting the reasons to honour the Turkish leader with a PhD degree, said that the University syndicate had considered him a suitable person to receive the degree for his achievements in the international community and to raise the status of Turkey in the world.

He said the Quaid-e-Azam University was proud to have enrol the Turkish PM as a worthy recipient of the degree from an institution which was the top most university of the country in research productivity. Thanking the Quaid-e-Azam University for honouring him with the PhD degree, the Turkish premier said both Pakistan and Turkey had very strong brotherly relations based on common background, culture and heritage. He said the two countries were unique in the region having close and friendly relations both at the government-to-government and the people-to-people levels. He said Pakistan and Turkey were brothers and united as fingers of a hand.

Prime Minister Erdogan said both the countries were members of the same civilisation and true friends. He said the honorary degree in International Relations conferred on him today would further promote solidarity between the two countries. Erdogan said both Pakistan and Turkey had significant and important responsibility in the international community. He said both the countries were facing many challenges to ensure peace, security and stability in the region. He said foreign policy of Turkey and Pakistan should be used as role model for the world as both the countries had unanimity of views on all the international issues. He said the close cooperation at various levels between Pakistan and Turkey would further strengthen bilateral ties. app

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Professor Saeed Farani honoured
Islamabad: Professor Saeed Ahmad Farani was awarded 'Life Achievement Award 2011' by the Masood Khadar Posh Trust, Lahore, for serving the cause of Punjabi language and literature during last 30 years, says a press release.

He has translated selected 'sufi' poetry of seven saints of Punjab. Presently, he is working on the works of Mian Mohammad Bakhsh. The award has been given to prominent literary figures of Punjab including Sharif Kunjahi, Shafqat Tanvir Mirza and Afzal Ahsan Randhawa.

Recently, a meeting was arranged by the Punjab Commerce Teachers Association at the Government College of Commerce, Rawalpindi, in which his colleagues admired his services for the cause of the Punjabi language. He gave a talk on his works on the occasion.

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Westminster's School holds lively talent show
Islamabad: The Westminster's School and College held a talent show at the Islamabad Club's auditorium here, says a press release.

The show opened to the packed auditorium with a drum and guitar performance by six-year-old grade-1 students Sinnan Salman and Salar Sarmad.

The talent show had many highlights with skits from Tom Sawyer to French poems presented beautifully by students. Some worth-mentioning performances were piano recital of Beethoven by Raiyan Chinoy, Punjabi song 'Akhian Nu Rain De' by Ansa Zahid, English song 'You are not Alone' by Seveinch, live 'Rabab' and 'Pashto' song 'Karaar' by Mustafa and Muhammad Bangash, mime performance by middle school students, 'Kathak' dance recital by grade four students, Metallica instrumental 'The Day that never Comes' played by Francesco and Usman and many more.

As per the school's norm, the show started on time. The entire show was well-rehearsed and timed. The show had nineteen performances in total, ranging from songs in Urdu, 'Punjabi English,' 'Pashto' to classical 'Kathak' dance recital. The two-and-a-half hours show was masterfully planned to keep the audience glued to their seats. "I have never enjoyed a talent show as much; there was not a single dull moment," says a parent.

Students were encouraged to participate in all aspects of the event, including performances, direction, hall management, sound, lights, props, backstage, costumes and makeup. The talent show in fact demonstrated the school's commitment to cultivating the students' demonstrative and creative skills along with cerebral development.

The director of the school, Raheel Sajjad Khan, congratulated students on their flawless feat and marvellous performance. The news

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