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HEC awards 2,528 foreign, 4,108 indigenous scholarships
Islamabad, July 15: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has awarded 2,528 foreign and 4,108 indigenous scholarships to various scholars in the last five years, said an official of Ministry of Education Training and Standards in Higher Education.

Talking to this agency, he said the HEC has sent 4,204 scholars abroad and also extended financial assistance to 8,178 students under different need based programmes in last five years.

Giving detail of the foreign scholarships, he said 1,432 foreign scholarships including 238 to female scholars of Punjab have been awarded in last five years. A total of 304 scholarships including 68 to female scholars hailing from Sindh have been awarded since 2008. Yet other 482 scholarships including 43 to female scholars have been awarded to the students of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw. While 75 scholarships including 13 to female students of Balochistan have also been awarded in last five years, he said.

Likewise 116 scholarships including 25 to female scholars belonging to Azad Jammu and Kashmir have also been awarded. The other 39 scholarships including 1 to female scholars of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) have been awarded. The 10 scholarships including two to female scholars have been awarded in Gilgit-Baltistan and 70 scholars have been awarded to the scholars of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). As many as 17 scholarships have been awarded to female scholars of Islamabad Capital Territory. The news

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AIOU completes its admissions process, students' particulars provided on website
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has completed the process of admissions for the spring semester and particulars of the students have been provided on the university's website www.aiou.edul.pk to facilitate the students. This was announced by Admissions Director Syed Zia-ul-Hasnain.

The objection letters, he said have been sent through the registered post to the applicants who submitted incomplete admission forms to remove the objection. The information of the objectionable forms has also been placed on the AIOU's website. Those who could not find the information regarding admission confirmation or objection area are advised to download duplicate admission forms from the university's website, similarly the continuing students have been advised to download the continuing admission form and attach a photocopy of the paid fee challan with the duplicate form.

The fresh students are also required to attach an attested copy of the documents and one photograph. They are further advised to immediately send the duplicate admission form to the Directorate of Admissions, Block no 4, IMU Section. The last date for the submission of duplicate forms is July 10, and after this date, no form would be entertained and the students would be granted admission in the next semester and the fee would be adjusted. For further information, the students can contact the matric section on (051 9057431), intermediate (051-9057432), bachelors (051-9057435), PTC/CT (051-9057421), BEd (051-9057760), post graduate (051-9057422, 051-9057425), and information unit on 051-9057151. Daily times

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Quality of education in Pakistan is pathetic: WB
Islamabad: A World Bank report reveals that quality of education is pathetic in Pakistan and especially in rural parts of the country where only 41 percent of grade 3 students were able to read a sentence in Urdu.

More than 50 percent of the fifth-grade students and a full 25 percent of eighth-grade students were unable to read a short story.In Pakistan, the 2011 assessment also found that arithmetic competence was very low in absolute terms. For instance, only 37 percent of grade 5 students in rural Pakistan could divide a three-digit by a single-digit number. By grade 8, only 72 percent could perform simple division.

As for reading, many students are three to four grades behind in grade-appropriate competencies. Understandably, comprehension and reading achievement are lower in English than in the mother tongue.

In Pakistan, many questions were posed to both students and teachers, and while 82 percent of the teachers could explain long division correctly, only 33 percent of the students could do so.

Similarly, while 64 percent of the teachers could explain the meanings of difficult words, only 11 percent of the children could do so. In a significant proportion of cases, teachers themselves are not competent to teach the curriculum.

For example, only 36 percent of the teachers were able to explain two-digit addition.Nepal has made significant progress, increasing enrollment to about 90 percent. Although modest, Afghanistan has also registered an increase in primary school enrollment over the last decade.

At the secondary level, Sri Lanka again stands out with an NER of 87 percent and with 80 percent of young people ages 20-29 years having achieved at least 10 years of schooling. India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan have made the most progress.

In Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka approximately 2 percent of GDP is spent on education. India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan have the largest proportion of children who are underweight.

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Financial woes put future of SSC topper in danger
Bara: A tribal girl student who stood third in the matriculation examination of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Peshawar has asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor to help her continue education.

Shakeela Bibi, belonging to Bar Qambarkhel tribe in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, appeared in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination from Hamza Girls High School in Jan Khan Killay and stood third in the board exam (Humanities Group) by securing 942 marks out of 1,100.

She said she used to study for nine hours a day during her preparation for the examination, adding, she was grateful to her teachers for guidance. "My father can't afford my studies in Peshawar. I am afraid that I may discontinue my education," Shakeela said.

Though happy and excited over her success, the brilliant student was uncertain about her future education plans. "I am worried as I may not be able to continue my studies," she added.

She said she intended to study law and become lawyer to fight for women's rights.She said that hundreds of girls passed the SSC examination this year in Bar Qambarkhel tribe and they would also be unable to continue their education as there was no college for girls in the entire Bara subdivision.

Shakeela Bibi said the government should arrange transport facility for students of the area to go to a college in Peshawar till the girls' college was established in their area.She said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led provincial government had claimed to bring change but nothing had been done so far.

To a question, she thanked Almighty Allah and said: "I am a Hafiz-e-Quran and learnt it with translation in Urdu and Pashto."She said the power outages were another factor that affected her studies to a great extent, but it didn't let her give up her resolve.

Her father Hussain Gul said that he was the lone breadwinner for his family by working as a driver. He said his family comprised of 10 members, adding that most of his children were also talented and showing good results in their studies. "I know my children are intelligent but I cannot support to continue studies due to lack of finances," he said.

Hussain Gul said Khyber Agency had been facing insurgency and uncertainty for the last six years and most of the educational institutions in the area had been closed or blown up.He said the school where his daughter studied also remained closed for several days every month due to curfew. "It's a matter of grave concern for us that so far no organisation or political administration or the governor have contacted us to extend their help in this regard," Hussain Gul complained. The news

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