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Applications for Fulbright Scholarships
Islamabad, Feb 08: The Fulbright Programme in Pakistan has started accepting applications
for 2014 under which about 200 Pakistani talented, hard work and
shinning students will be provided fully funded scholarships for their
higher studies at different educational institutions of the Untied
The US government's flagship scholarship
programme awards deserving Pakistani students full scholarships covering
tuition, textbooks, airfare, a stipend, and health insurance to
complete their Master's or Ph.D under this Fulbright Scholarships
Addressing a press conference here at the
office of USEFP, US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Kathryn Schalow said,
"We are proud that Pakistan has the largest Fulbright programme in the
world, and also one of the oldest."
She said, "Our
agreement initiating the programme was signed on September 23, 1950 -
and the first Pakistanis and Americans travelled each way in the same
year and it was one of the very first agreements of its kind and has
since been extended to 155 countries around the world."
Executive Director US Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) Rita Akhtar said USEFP administered the Fulbright Programme.
Akhtar echoed Ms. Schalow's sentiments and encouraged students from all
over Pakistan to take advantage of the Fulbright Program in 2014.
said in addition to the approximately 200 who will depart in the fall
of 2013, there are 391 students currently study in the United States on
Rita Akhtar said this is one example
of the US government's long-term commitment to the education of
Pakistanis, and to increasing mutual understanding between both
She said since USEFP's inception more than 61
years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 Americans have
participated in USEFP-administered exchange programs.
Fulbright Programme is one of many US-government funded educational,
professional, and cultural exchange programs that build people-to-people
ties among Americans and Pakistanis, she added.
the scholars are being selected through an independent, transparent
merit system and women, minorities, people with disabilities, and
students from FATA, Balochistan, and all of Pakistan's provinces are
strongly encouraged to apply.
Rita said all disciplines are eligible, with the exception of the field of clinical medicine.
She said applicants studying energy, water, and agricultural disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply.
information about this programme, as well as standardized testing and
free educational advising services can be found on the USEFP website at
Some of the students who had
recently completed their studies under this Fulbright Scholarship
Programme including Dr. Jehanzeb Khan, Dr. Hasan Mohsin, Sareeda Saman
Naz, and Ahmed Khalid Aziz also spokes on the occasion and shared their
experiences during their study in USA.
Replying to a
question Rita Akhtar said there is no age limit to apply for the
Fulbright Scholarship Programme and every one, from any where of
Pakistan especially the students of various colleges can apply as the
decided would be purely on merit.
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Roots holds environment expo
Rawalpindi: Roots School System DHA1 Flagship campus Islamabad along with Roots School
System Harley Street region, Civil Lines region and Roots Ivy
International Schools organised Roots Environment Expo 2013 here, says a
The event showcased display of 3-D
environment based projects based on topics like Recycling,
Deforestation, Sea Pollution, Ozone Layer Depletion, Global Warming and
Energy conservation. It included a fabulous panorama of 3-D projects to
support the environment. Students had creatively designed projects under
the supervision of their teachers and decorated their stalls with
intricate arts and crafts portraying environmental issues and
highlighting them with motivating captions like: "Reuse-Reduce- Recycle,
Ocean dilemma: save sea life, Think globally but act locally, Trees are
terrific, Sun is our future, Go Green, Energy: a necessity." The entire
event was a mass awareness campaign about preserving and protecting the
environment, an initiative by the bright students of Roots School
System DHA-1 campus, Islamabad.
Lieutenant General Javed
Iqbal, Chairman. Adjutant General, Pakistan Army and Senator -ur-Rehman
were the chief guests at the ceremony.
Lt Gen Javed Iqbal
congratulated Roots School for nurturing brilliance among the youth and
introducing such great and noble programs that enhance students'
capabilities and talents enabling them to thrive in the global world.
winners of the 3-D environment stalls were O-A levels category: 1st
position: Roots DHA1 campus IG1 B/D, 2nd position Roots Ivy Int. Schools
GT Road campus, 3rd position: Roots 71- Harley Street and 34-Civil
Lines Rawalpindi. The winners of the class 1-6 category went to Greens
Montessori School from Swabi along with 2nd and 3rd positions to Roots
School System 34-Civil Lines and Roots Ivy Int. Schools PWD campus.
green walk on the ramp showcased amazing outfits prepared from recycled
materials. Prizes were given away to the best dressed students using
recycled material and other environment friendly objects. The news
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VCs reject HEC draft bill
Islamabad: Vice Chancellors of public sector
universities here on Thursday rejected the proposed amendment to the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Act.
Speaking at a press conference, they demanded that without the
recommendations of the task force, established by the prime minister's
high powered committee, the HEC Act should not be amended.
The draft of Higher Education Commission Amendment Bill 2012 proposes
withdrawal of federal minister status from the chairman of the HEC.
It also proposes to put the commission under the ministry of education and training.
The VCs were of the view that all the stakeholders should be taken on board regarding any legislative change to the HEC Act.
The stakeholders include chancellors, provincial governments, vice
chancellors, faculty and student associations and planning commission.
They also demanded that the notification of the task force should be
issued without any further delay so that a consultation process can be
Before the press conference, the vice chancellors met Federal Minister for Education and Training Sheikh Waqas Akram.
According to the VCs, the minister assured them that he would help in
the issuance of the notification for the task force besides arranging
their meeting with the prime minister.
The VCs who spoke at the press conference included Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin, Dr Nasir Jamal and Engineer Ahmed Farooq Bazai. Dawn
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VCs' point of view will be included in proposed legislation, says minister
Islamabad: In a positive development on Thursday, Federal Minister for Education and
Training Sheikh Waqas Akram held a meeting with vice chancellors of
public and private universities and agreed to include their point of
view in the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Amendment Bill 2012.
news was shared with the vice chancellors in a press conference
organised in HEC headquarters. The VCs termed meeting a first step
towards consultative process they were demanding for the said amendment
and reiterated their demand to have comprehensive consultation of all
stakeholders before any legislation is tabled.
the federal minister also assured notification of task force and
promised them that he would also try to arrange meeting of VCs with the
prime minister. The vice chancellors unanimously rejected the proposed
HEC Amendment Bill 2012 in its present shape and said that without the
recommendations of the task force, established by the Prime Ministers
High Powered Committee, HEC Act must not be amended, as it involves the
future of Pakistani youth.
They were of the view that all
the relevant stakeholders should be taken on board regarding any
legislative change in HEC Act including chancellors, provincial
governments, vice chancellors, faculty and student associations and
Planning Commission etc.
They said the federal minister
was all praises of the achievements of HEC in past decade, but was
determined to table the bill within the tenure of present government.
The vice chancellors who interacted with the media included
Vice-Chancellor University of Gujrat Professor Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin,
Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) Kohat Dr. Nasir Jamal
Khattak, Vice Chancellor Balochistan University of Information
Technology Engineering and Management Sciences Quetta, Ahmed Farooq
Bazai, Vice Chancellor Karakoram International University Gilgit Prof.
Dr. Najma Najam, Vice-Chancellor University of Agriculture (UAF)
Faisalabad Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor Air University
Islamabad Air Cdre (R)Dr. Ijaz Ahmad Malik and Vice-Chancellor,
PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad.
Chairman HEC Dr. Javaid R. Laghari and Executive Director HEC Professor
Dr Mukhtar Ahmed Pakistan were also present on the occasion.
in a special meeting of Executive Committee of Vice Chancellors and
during the 12th Vice Chancellors' Committee meeting recently held at
Islamabad, the rectors and vice chancellors representing 137 public and
private sector universities attended the meeting rejected the proposed
bill and showed strong concern and expressed their apprehension that any
legislation that takes away the dynamism and autonomy of HEC is going
to be damaging to the higher education sector in the country.
improvements in any system are always possible, they were of the
unanimous view that HEC is one institution, which has functioned
extremely well and has delivered during the last decade. The VCs noted
that the universities have shown tremendous progress in the last decade
and the other countries are following the HEC reforms, as role model.
The main factors for the excellent contribution by this organisation are
its autonomy and its management, which comprises capable and highly
qualified educationists and professionals and there is dire need to
further strengthen this organisation. The proposed bill would have
detrimental effect on the higher education sector and would revert back
all the achievements gained during last decade.
occasion of 12th Vice Chancellors Committee meeting, Sheikh Rohale
Asghar Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Education &
Training along with other committee members including Ms. Surraiya Jatoi
(PPPP), Ms. Tasneem Siddiqui (PML N), Ms. Qudsia Arshad (PML N), Dr.
Donya Aziz (PML Q), Mrs. Rukhsana Jameshed Buttar (PML Q), Shaikh
Salahuddin (MQM) and Mr. Sufyan Yousaf (MQM) attended the meeting and
listened and exchanged views with the VCS relating to their reservations
and concerns over the amendment bill.
On the behalf of
the committee, Sheikh Rohale Asghar categorically stated that the
legislation should be based upon careful review of past progress and
consultation with the relevant stakeholders so that this model
organisation may be further strengthened to continue its positive role.
He remarked that the committee would not undertake any step undermining
the autonomy and future of higher education in Pakistan. "We will not
table any bill, which is damaging the performance and will curtail the
autonomy of HEC. We need to strengthen the institutions", he emphasised.
the HEC wrote letter to the Federal Secretary of the Ministry of
Education and Training in which it assured that the ministry's comments
regarding the proposed bill will be forwarded to all the
vice-chancellors and as soon as HEC receives input from VCs, it will
revert back to the ministry.
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Medical groups vow to oppose evening education
Karachi: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and the Pakistan Islamic Medical
Association (PIMA) have announced that they would oppose evening classes
at public medical colleges in the country.
They said the
Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) was once again trying to
start evening classes at medical institutions.
joint news conference at the PMA House, PMA Secretary General Dr Mirza
Ali Azhar and PIMA President Dr Misbah-ul-Aziz termed the start of
evening medical colleges a commercial venture and the death of medical
education in the country.
They said that it was learnt
through an advertisement that the PMDC had allowed evening medical
classes at the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University
Larkana, which would be strongly opposed.
They also said
the PMDC was trying to start evening medical education at medical
colleges for quite some time, but due to opposition from medical
associations, the council had retracted its decision.
However, the PMDC has once again decided to allow evening classes at medical institutes, they added.
of both the medical associations appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan
Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice on the efforts for
starting medical colleges, saying that these efforts were tantamount to
destroying medical education in the country.
colleges and hospitals are being established in two- or three-room
buildings where medical degrees are being sold, which is a shameful act,
said the PMA and PIMA office-bearers.
They claimed that
even some senior doctors were part of this business and were involved in
selling medical degrees in the name of medical education.
said there were around 126 medical colleges in the country, but the
faculty at most of these institutions was not complete and some even
lacked professors of basic sciences.
Some professors were
taking classes at three to four educational institutions, which is an
evidence of the lack of faculty at the already established medical
institutions in the country, they added.
PMDC, they said that in its recent meeting, the council had approved
establishing 19 medical colleges and termed it a destructive decision
taken by the statutory body.
They also criticised Adviser
to the Prime Minister on Petroleum & Natural Resources Dr Asim
Hussain and his associates, claiming that he was making money at the
cost of medical education. They vowed to oppose all such moves with the
unity of medical professionals.
Office-bearers of both the
associations, including Drs Qaiser Sajjad, Idrees Adhi, Ahmed Salman
Ghauri and Atif Hafeez, and others were also present on the occasion.
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UK study fair opens new vistas for students
Karachi: The UK Study Fair 2013 brought with it the much-longed for career counseling students opting for higher education abroad needed.
30 universities from the United Kingdom (UK), offering subjects as
varied as law, business, medicine and social sciences participated in
the daylong event organised by the Global Education Fairs and
Conferences Britain (GEFC) on Thursday.
parents and teachers thronged the event in groups of threes and fours in
search for the ideal university offering their specialist programme
with a decent scholarship.
The universities had stalls,
where counselors would guide youngsters about any particular area of
study, and also help them discover new options.
"I want to
study sociology. I'm confused between the University of Warwick and the
Cardiff University. Let's see what happens," said Saadia Magsi, a
student who had just passed her A Levels.
"I want to
apply for a business programme. It was good to find all the options I
needed," said Kashif Ali, a BBA graduate from a private university.
had come just to have a look around. "I'm just looking around for a
good scholarship," said Irfan Ahmed, a fresh graduate. Visitors believed
that study fairs like this were helpful as "all universities are placed
under one roof" and it was easy to obtain details about the best
universities in the UK.
"I asked my students to visit the
fair to get ideas about their professional studies. I wish the duration
could have been longer. One day is too less," said Amna Ali, an A Level
Meanwhile, counselors maintained that foreign
students felt very much at home in the UK, as it was a country marked
with cultural diversity. "It is a mélange of various cultures, religions
and nationalities. It's a fun place to be," said a counselor.
from Pakistan no longer receive work permits in the UK. However, the
British Council is trying to introduce fresh graduates from the UK
universities to Pakistani firms.
Currently there are 30, 000 Pakistani students enrolled in UK universities.
British High Commissioner in Karachi, Charles Campbell, said that the
education delegation's visit would give them a positive impression of
Pakistan. "They will take home the message that Pakistan is open for
business." The next such study fair will be held in November.
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