Cut in HEC funds affecting students

Drastic reduction in HEC funds affecting students
Islamabad, Nov 18: A drastic reduction in allocations for the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has started affecting Pakistanis studying in universities abroad on HEC scholarship.

It was learnt that some students in Italy are yet to receive their stipend which should have been transferred to their accounts in the beginning of November.

Twenty-five students went to the Politechnico de Turino University of Italy for Masters of Science (MS) studies in the September session with a two-month (September-October) stipend paid to them in advance.

"We have consumed the money given to us by the HEC and now we are unable to meet our expenses," Saeed-ur-Reham said on phone from the university.

He said the students had been forced to seek money from their families in Pakistan.

"When we contacted HEC officials they said the scholarship was in the process of transfer and will reach by mid-December," he said. Dawn

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FBISE declares Army Public School Attock best for 2008
Islamabad: Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (FBISE) has declared Army Public School & College, Attock as the best institution at SSC level for 2008 among its affiliated institutions within the country.

FBISE plans to hold a grand function to celebrate the excellent performance of its students, teachers and institutions affiliated with it. Evaluating the performance of its affiliated institutions during the year, FBISE noted that Army Public School showed excellent results in SSC exams due to its high professional qualities, selfless devotion and commitment of the teachers.

The school was established in 1974 as a nursery, gradually rose to middle level in 1990, to secondary level in 1993 and to higher secondary level in 1997. The school/college is currently headed by a senior educationist, (Principal) Syed Ghalib Raza Gillani.

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Beaconhouse starts new campus at Bani Gala
Islamabad: Beaconhouse has launched its first custom-made 'A' level campus in Pakistan at Bani Gala. Spread over 4.5 acres of prime land, the campus will initially accommodate 1,200 students with provision for expansion in the future. Parts of the campus have been done up by the students themselves to encourage a sense of ownership.

The campus has fully operational basketball and volleyball courts while the swimming pool, tennis court, an air-conditioned indoor tennis court and a basketball gymnasium would be operational in 2009.

There are two computer labs with 60 computers and four common rooms, two each for girls and boys, with computers and DSL. Wireless connection covering the entire campus would be effective shortly.

Subsidised transport facility would be provided with four pick-up points in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Security would be effectively managed through guards and 15 CCTV cameras covering the entire campus. Two full-time professional career councillors would provide career guidance facilities while an in-house SAT preparation programme is already fully operational. The News

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