MEXT scholarships awarded
Islamabad, Mar 29: At a reception hosted by the ambassador of Japan, Hiroshi Inomata and Mrs Inomata, new recipients of the MEXT scholarships interacted with alumni of previous programmes, a farewell gesture much appreciated by the to be scholars.
Awarded by the Government of Japan, MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan) research scholarships for the year of 2014 will benefit nine postgraduate students and one undergraduate student (MEXT College of Technology Scholarship) by providing them with an opportunity to pursue higher studies in their respective fields at universities in Japan.
Ambassador Inomata congratulated the students and also expressed his hope that they would come back to Pakistan and utilise the knowledge and expertise they acquire in Japan for the future development of Pakistan. Adding that they may find cultural differences a little confusing, he said the Japanese were very understanding and willing to help visitors to their country. Explaining a little about the connotations of the Japanese language by repeating the way people greet each other at different times of the day, he concluded by wishing them a pleasant stay and hoped they would become bridges of friendship between Pakistan and Japan.
In his response, president of the MEXT Alumni Association Dr Khalid Rashid thanked the ambassador; the government of Japan and the Japanese for awarding scholarships year after year to Pakistani students. He spoke a little about his own experience in Japan many years ago when communication between students and their families were not as easy as it is these days; advised the students to understand and appreciate the culture of Japan and be ambassadors of Pakistan.
After that the students - two girls among them - introduced themselves and told of the subject they will study. A couple of smart young men had taken the trouble to learn a few sentences of the Japanese language, indicating they were sincerely interested in making good use of this opportunity to interact with their host and the other members of the embassy. Since the first scholarship Pakistani student went to Japan in 1963, a large number of them have successfully returned to Pakistan after obtaining their PhD/master's degrees. They are working in the academia, public and private sectors and have made significant contributions to the development of Pakistan in various fields as well as the friendly relationship between Pakistan and Japan.
Notices will be issued to 378 academic institutions
Islamabad: As a follow-up to a report recently prepared by the Capital Development Authority (CDA), notices would be issued to 378 educational institutions which are operating in residential units in violation of land use rules.
According to the report, 132 academic institutions are being run in residential units in 'F' sectors, including 44 in Sector F-8, 41 in Sector F-10, 24 in Sector F-11, 16 in Sector F-7, and seven in Sector F-6. Similarly, 105 housing units in 'G' sectors are under the occupation of educational institutions, including 27 in Sector G-10, 22 in Sector G-9, 20 in Sector G-11, 16 in Sector G-6, 11 in Sector G-13, five in Sector G-8 and four in Sector G-7.
In the past, the CDA allowed the establishment of schools in residential areas but made it mandatory for the owners to submit no-objection certificates from the neighbourhood, stating that members of the respective locality have no problem with the establishment of the educational institution in their neighbourhood.
A CDA official said that notices were served to violators in the past and in several cases fines were imposed on the owners of houses that fell under non-conforming use while some were under trial.
He said the sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior also directed the CDA to ensure early action against non-conforming use of residential units in the capital and "we are doing the needful".
"The CDA can impose heavy fines on those found guilty of non-conforming use of residential units and even cancel their allotment letters if the violation in question continues for three months," he said.
Book Fair organised at IIUI
Islamabad: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has a distinct place because of its diverse culture. Cultural week is a representation of the cultures of different countries and areas of Pakistan to which the students belong.
During the cultural week of IIUI besides the cultural representative stalls, and other extra curricular activities the female students of Student Affairs Forum organised a Book Fair. The purpose of arranging this activity is to develop the reading culture among students. IIUI Vice President Prof. Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan and Dean Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sher visited the Book Fair and appreciated the activity.
The Book Fair had books relating to Islam, Urdu and English literatures, stationary, gifts etc. Books and the accessories were provided on discount so that students get the opportunity to have them easily. Majority of the students and the teachers visited and got the books. This exhibits the promotion of book culture in Pakistan.
Students of SAF (Student Affairs Forum) also arranged media wall. Its purpose was to demonstrate the positive and negative aspects of media. Students of IIUI also showed interest and gave their opinions about the role of media. The news