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.
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.
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
"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.
stated this while addressing the launching ceremony of MS Management
Sciences and MPhil (Economics) programmes in the Spring Semester 2012.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
show opened to the packed auditorium with a drum and guitar performance
by six-year-old grade-1 students Sinnan Salman and Salar Sarmad.
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.
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
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
The director of the school, Raheel Sajjad Khan, congratulated students on their flawless feat and marvellous performance. The news
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