UK introduces point-based system for student visa
Islamabad, Feb 20: The United Kingdom has introduced a new point-based system to assess applications for grant of student visa. The system will come into practice from March.
Speaking at a press conference here on Thursday, Britain's Deputy High Commissioner Ray Kyles told media persons that the system had been introduced to streamline visa application process for Pakistani students.
Under the new system, a student needs to have 40 points to qualify for the grant of the visa. A student would require an acceptance letter from the educational institution he/she intends to attend. The respective educational institution would become the sponsor for the student, who would fetch 30 points. For the remaining 10 points, a student would have to show evidence for having enough finances to cover his/her course fee and monthly living expenses for one year.
Mr Kyles said with the required documents attached to the visa application, the high commission would respond back to the prospective student within one month. Otherwise, an applicant would have the right to inquire about his/her application.
"Since we need one month for processing a visa application, therefore, students are advised to apply keeping this time limit in their mind," he said.
Speaking on the occasion, British Council Pakistan Director Sue Beaumont said they were increasingly working on a number of projects to further strengthen educational institutions in Pakistan.
With every passing year, academic and research partnership between British and Pakistani universities is deepening. More scholarships are available to Pakistani students to study in the UK, and efforts are also being made for teachers training in Pakistan, she added.
At present, 21 PhD students are being funded by the British Council on attachments to the UK universities to enable them broaden their experience of research techniques.
During 2009, there will be 10 talented research exchanges in which British and Pakistani researchers will work together on exciting projects that will enhance their contribution to and understanding of international research priorities. DawnYour Comments
GCU BA (Hons) programme curriculum approved
Lahore: The Board of Studies in Library and Information Science of the Government College University has approved curriculum for four-year BA (Hons) programme in Information Studies. According to a press statement on Thursday, the curriculum includes specialisation in Media Librarianship, Law Librarianship, Business and Industry Information, Digital Library, Data Base Design and Management, Web Development and Electronic Collection Management.
Lahore Medical and Dental College distinction
Lahore: The Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, topped with 90.63 pass percentage among all the colleges affiliated with the University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, in the Final Professional MBBS Annual Examinations, 2008. M Omer Khokhar, a student of the college, got second position in the UHS by securing 1272/1500 marks. He also got distinctions in Medicine, Surgery, Paediatric Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Students of the college also secured 13 distinctions in Paediatric Medicine.
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Oriental, European languages on Punjab University New Campus
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Oriental College has announced that one year Diploma in many Oriental and European languages, which are taught only at PU Old Campus, will be now also offered at the New Campus.
The announcement was made during a visit of PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran to Linguistics Department which was recently established at New Campus.
Principal College of Oriental Learning Prof Dr Mazhar Moeen, Dean Oriental Learning Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar and other officials were also present.
VC visited all the sections of the department and assured help in renovating and providing staff for the department.
German, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Turkish, Italian and Persian classes are offered in afternoon sessions and they are open to all including the registered students of the University of the Punjab.
The first session of the Language-Diploma course saw a huge interest by the students community and over 240 students were registered for various languages within few days.
Punjab University announced results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of MA Women Studies part-II Annual Examination 2008 and MSc Applied Psychology Part I & II of Annual Examination 2008. Detailed results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
Lecture on Drug Dissolution Testing
Lahore: Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (IPS) of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) arranged a lecture on "Drug Dissolution Testing" on the City Campus on Thursday. Dr Saeed A Qureshi, a Senior Research Scientist from Therapeutics Products Directorate Health Canada, Ottawa, delivered the lecture while UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz, IPS faculty members and students were also present. The News
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Education officials found guilty: Corruption
Sialkot: After completing an inquiry against suspended district officer (colleges) Raja Zulfiqar Ali and his clerk, Riasat Ali, for their corruption, the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has recommended registration of a corruption case against the two.
ACE Deputy Director (Sialkot) Maqsood Ahmad Lone said that accused DO Raja Zulfiqar Ali and clerk Riasat Ali extorted hundreds of thousands of rupees during the process of recruitment of Class IV employees for colle1ges.
He said in their report to the ACE Director, Gujranwala, a corruption case had also been recommended against former EDO (education) Dr Arshad and deputy DEO Yousaf Gill, who allegedly extorted money from people while recruiting teachers.
DEMO: A large number of candidates for educators' vacancies held a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday around the offices of the education department as a protest against glaring mistakes in the lists of candidates selected or rejected for the interview.
According to them, their names were missing from both the lists (of selected and rejected candidates) for the interview process regarding the recruitment of the Educators in Sialkot district by the education department.
Several female candidates said that they had come here from Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur and far-off places to see the lists. Shakeela Bibi said the list contained the name of Shakeel Bibi with change in father's name.
Other candidates Saiqa Bashir, Kinza, Shamsa, Khadija and Farzana alleged that the education department officials were under pressure from local politicians to accommodate their nominees.
DCO Atta Muhammad Khan has, meanwhile, ordered a probe into matter. He assured the candidates that the recruitment process would be transparent.
Students made to build toilets
Sialkot: The management of the Government Jamia Boys High School, Sialkot, forced students to do labour and work like masons for constructing some toilets in the school during the study hours.
Students said that they had been doing the labour for the last one week. As the school head was not available, some clerical staff said the practice promoted a sense of self-help and hard work among students. Dawn
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