Sword hangs on HEC foreign scholars
HEC Foreign Scholarship Scheme. Sword hangs on HEC foreign scholars
|Islamabad, Nov 15: Lack of foresight on the part of authorities concerned has put the
future of thousands of overseas Pakistani students on stake.
sources have revealed that the Higher Education Commission (HEC)
has not submitted the current dues of the students studying abroad under the HEC
Foreign Scholarship Scheme.
A student studying under HEC foreign programme in
a western country, maintained that he had been sent notice by the university
administration that his dues for the current semester had not been paid. He said
that he contacted officials of the Commission, who, assured him of paying the
dues shortly and directed him to continue studies.
Another student also
informed this scribe via email that his university, too, had sent him a notice
regarding non-payment of dues.
When contacted, a senior
official of HEC explained that though the Commission was facing difficulty in
paying dues to foreign universities due to paucity of required funds but they
had negotiated the matter with the respective universities and had solved the
problem partially. He said that funds for the next six months were being
transferred from HEC to the said universities. However, he said, that continuity
of the foreign programme was subjected to proper availability of required
He said that more than 2500 students are enrolled in these foreign
institutes in different countries like USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia,
Austria, Romania and many other countries across the globe.
To a query, he
replied that government has assured to release more funds to HEC to reduce the
miseries of Pakistani students studying abroad. However, in case of any
unpleasant situation, future of only those students would be at compromised that
were studying under 'Universities Scholarship Scheme'. "But students that are
studying under 'HEC Scholarship Scheme' would complete their tenure
successfully", he claimed.
"Owing to present financial crisis in the
country, HEC could not pay dues of the students in time. But it does not mean
that we are not paying dues," he said, adding, "At every cost HEC would provide
funds to the students that already studying under the scholarship scheme in
different universities within the country or abroad", he assured.
said that due to dollar conversion, HEC was bearing Rs 2 billion deficit, as HEC
was paying dues of Pakistani students to the foreign institutes in dollars.
"Whatever the situation is , HEC with the cooperation of government, would
protect Pakistani students throughout their study period", he pledged.
response to another query, he noted that the country was passing through a tough
phase of its history, as the financial crunch had badly affected every sector,
including the HEC. He was of the view that government would soon overcome all
problems. The Nation
"Well, I just want to know the status of Overseas Scholarship Scheme Phase 2, Batch 3 in which recently students have been awarded scholarships to advanced countries like USA,UK, Australia etc. But these students havent yet commenced their studies abroad and still going through the process of admission. These students have received the final scholarship award letters though."
Name: Muhammad Akbar Shahid
City, Country: Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan
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Cambridge fellowship for Aitzaz
London: Aitzaz Ahsan, a leading Pakistani lawyer and politician,
has been selected for an honorary fellowship by Downing College, University of
An alumnus of the college, Ahsan studied law at Downing in the
1960s, and was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1967.
After his return
to Pakistan, he developed an internationally respected legal practice while also
pursuing political career as a member of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). He
was the Leader of Opposition in the Senate from 1994-1999.
Mr Ahsan has
been a leading advocate of human rights and the rule of law and defended in the
court two former prime ministers - Benazir Bhutto of the PPP and Nawaz Sharif of
He was a founder member of the Human Rights Commission of
Pakistan and his writings have contributed to scholarship on Pakistan and
Mr Ahsan is the author of 'The Indus Saga' and also 'Divided
by Democracy', written with Meghnad Desai of the London School of
A university release said that Master and Fellows of Downing
College, in honouring the achievements of Mr Ahsan and his contribution to
Pakistan, hoped that the chief justice would be reinstated and the rule of law
would be re-established in the country. Dawn
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