Ministry releases Rs3.12 billion for HEC
Islamabad, Sep 04: The Ministry of Finance has released Rs3.12 billion to Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan as development budget. The fund will be utilised to facilitate around 10,000 Pakistani scholars studying abroad.
No funds were issued for Pakistani scholars in international universities since February 2012 and there were rumours that foreign scholarship programme would be stopped if the government fails to release funds in time. The HEC and Pakistani government are bound to release them funding as per deed of agreement signed with them.
HEC Media Manager Murtaza Noor confirmed that the fund of Rs3.12 billion has been released by the Finance Ministry, which will primarily be utilised for foreign scholarship programme.
The HEC was not able to pay the dues of Pakistani scholars studying in foreign universities since April 2012 as no funds were released for the last quarter of financial year 2011-12 by the government.
The failure to pay the due payments was becoming a huge embarrassment for the Pakistani students and the government. The scarcity of funds also affected the need-based scholarships awarded to the youth belonging to remote areas of Pakistan including Balochistan, Fata, interior Sindh and south Punjab.
FUMC listed in International Directory of Medical Colleges
Islamabad: The Foundation University Medical College (FUMC) has been included in the International Directory of Medical Colleges.
The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) issued a notification in this regard while the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) has lauded the academic standing of FUMC on this commendable achievement.
Foundation University (Islamabad) President Lieutenant-General Muhammad Mustafa Khan appreciated the management, faculty and students of the Foundation University Medical College for their hard work, dedication and commitment to achieve excellence. The president resolved to continue the efforts for enhancing the standard of medical education with the same zeal and fervour.
In addition to its recognition by the PM&DC, the FUMC is also recognised by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan for FCPS Part-II training. The college is also a member of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) and is included in the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS) by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
SZABIST holds orientation session
Islamabad: Mere high grades or academic excellence may not necessarily earn the students a bright career unless they equip themselves with a certain amount of professional expertise to meet the requirements of their chosen fields.
This was the gist of success stories shared by different professionals from different sectors here on Monday at an orientation ceremony held at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Islamabad campus.
Aim of the ceremony was to tell the students of Management Sciences, Social Sciences, Computer Sciences and Media Sciences, how to run through hoops in order to carve a niche for themselves in their respective professions ahead.
Sajid Lateef, SZABIST's alumni and Senior Manager EPMO at a private cellular company, told the students that high grades certainly have their own importance but innovative ideas, creativity and thoughtfulness are valued more in the telecom industry when it comes to finding jobs. He said the competitive telecom sector demands dynamic youngsters who could handle tough challenging tasks through professional expertise.
Endorsing this view, Taimoor Aziz Bhatti, SZABIST's alumni and Human Resource Manager at a private optical firm, urged the students to start equipping themselves with maximum technical and practical know-how of whichever career they want to opt for so that when are done with studies and land into the field they are able to deliver efficiently.
Ghalib Nishter, President Khushhali Bank, while speaking on the occasion said his organisation is doing all it can to promote entrepreneurship by offering small credits. He promised to facilitate students in SZABIST and elsewhere who wish to start their own business.
Syed Asad Hussain, Director SZABIST Islamabad campus, while speaking on the occasion said his institute is working in close collaboration with several public and private organisations so that the potential of talented students is harnessed and their energies best utilised for national development. The news
QAU students facing acute water shortage
Islamabad: The students residing in the hostels of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) are facing acute water shortage as the Capital Development Authority (CDA) these days has cut down water supply to almost half of the normal supply. There are seven hostels on the premises of the university campus, which include three for girls and four for boys. With the increase in temperature, the demand for potable water has increased manifold but the supply of water at the university campus is not enough to fulfil requirements of the students. The students have urged authorities concerned to solve the water crisis at the earliest. online
The City School outshines in CIE
Rawalpindi: The City School, Cantt Senior Branch, has again outshined with a remarkable result in CIE.
Students have endeavored and supported the school of academic excellence along with emotional and intellectual growth.
In all the branch has achieved 50 As and 93 A and anticipate continued excellence as the branch progresses in future. Principal Moazzam Manawar Sheikh said that they are proud to produce excellent result which is a testimony of our continued dedication and the hard work of our students.
QAU to hold entry test for GB candidates
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) will hold entry tests for MPhil/PhD admissions for the candidates belonging to Gilgit-Baltistan today (Tuesday). The entry tests have rescheduled to facilitate the GB candidates and will be conducted at 1000 hours in the respective departments, said a news release issued by university.
The entry test will be conducted only for those candidates belonging to Gilgit Baltistan and have already submitted their admission forms for MPhil/PhD admissions. The university, through another notification, has also rescheduled the display of BS/Pharm.D merit lists.
Due to the delay in declaration of result by the boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education across the country and to accommodate maximum number of result awaiting applicants, the university has rescheduled the display of BS/Pharm.D merit lists from the previously announced dates.
The first merit list will be displayed on 17.9.2012, second on 24.9.2012 and third on 27.9.2012.Missing documents will be accepted by hand at Admission Camp Office located at the back of DRSM (Central) Library as well as by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) latest by 12.09.2012, no document by post or courier will be accepted.
Partnership between Pak, US universities initiated
Islamabad: The first of eight university partnerships between American and Pakistani universities was initiated recently at the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU).
The partnership between Fatima Jinnah Women's University and the University of Texas at Austin will concentrate on the professional development of FJWU faculty members, who will travel to Austin, to work directly with their American counterparts.
In her remarks, US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Kathryn Schalow underscored the US Embassy's focus on initiatives aimed to improve the quality of education in Pakistan at all levels. "Our goal is to unlock Pakistan's extraordinary potential," said Schalow, who also noted the significance of beginning the first partnership agreement with a top-tier women's university. She praised FJWU's history of providing quality education to the women of Pakistan, and quoted Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who said, "No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men."
US Embassy Islamabad will invest $8.5 million in eight university partnerships over the next three years. Each partnership includes a faculty exchange and research component, and will be tailored to the needs of the specific programmes and universities involved. The partnerships will focus on a range of liberal arts subjects, including: American Studies, Business Administration and Management Sciences, Mass Communications and Media Studies, Psychology, Social Anthropology, and Women's and Gender Studies.
Iqra's orientation session
Islamabad: The Iqra University organised an orientation ceremony for the session 2012 to provide students with the smooth and helpful transition into university life, says a press release.
Dean and Director of Iqra University, Dr Islam in his address, welcomed the fall 2012, semester students. He said that the university has always focused on quality education. "You will be glad to know that Iqra University retained its first position among all private institutions by Sindh government and third position in the country, according to the Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee (CIEC)", he said.
Anti-dengue fever drive starts at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) has launched an anti-dengue fever campaign on its campus. In this connection, a lecture was arranged for the faculty and the staff to guide them. Precautionary measures were also discussed to avoid the spread of dengue fever, which claimed several lives last year. The FJWU administration has started a spray drive targeting all locations to make the university dengue-free. FJWU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir said that coordinated and collective efforts were necessary for the elimination of dengue mosquitoes and directed heads of all departments to involve their respective focal persons in the anti-dengue campaign. Special transmission to create awareness on dengue fever was also aired on Radio VoW (96.6). The news