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July 4, 2011

Rs10m embezzled in WB grant for girl students

KARACHI, July 4: Despite safeguards in place to check pilferage in the World Bank grant of Rs1.108 billion for promotion of girls` education, about Rs10 million has been embezzled in 2010-11, it emerged on Tuesday.

The grant is aimed at encouraging girls to continue their education after completing their primary level. A stipend of Rs2,400 annually is given to deserving schoolgirls at the middle and secondary levels. For female students living in 45 remote tehsils, the stipend is Rs3,600 per month to help them bear the transportation cost as well.

Deputy programme manager of the girls stipend section in the education department`s reform support unit Hamzu Khan told Dawn that in some cases money orders were not delivered to the students concerned either by postal staff or teachers. In some other cases, students failed to turn up on the payment day to collect their stipend.

“Although a foolproof system of stipend distribution is in place, the reform support unit takes steps on its own to ensure that the stipend reaches all the deserving students on time, including those living in the remotest areas,” the official said.

He said the unit had acquired the services of a chartered accountancy firm to eliminate the chances of misappropriation, besides improving the delivery system.

He said the WB grant had been increased to Rs1.108 billion this year from the last year`s Rs952 million.According to him, the firm has selected 10 per cent of the total 3,100 middle and secondary schools to conduct a survey in order to ascertain what problems were being faced by students and their parents, as well as teachers with regard to the receipt of stipends.

Under the laid down procedure, heads of schools are required to recommend their students needing stipends for Class VI to Class X education. The prescribed application form contains full details of the applicant`s social status with the NIC numbers of her father or guardian. The information is endorsed by the district education officer concerned before it is submitted with the reform support unit.

The stipend is delivered to the student concerned through money order by postal staff at her school on a date announced in advance. An acknowledgement slip duly signed by the recipient is submitted with the unit`s staff concerned.

The stipend section has a complaint cell which students could approach to get their grievances, including non-receipt of stipend, addressed. In the outgoing year, the cell had received complaints of the non-receipt of 6,136 money orders supposed to reach 260 schools.

Mr Khan, quoting some complaints, said that in one school, five out of 50 money orders were not delivered by postman. In some other cases, he added, the teachers concerned delivered the money to their students only after the unit intervened on students` complaints.

Regarding corruption, he said some schools had sent `extra names` to the unit.

“At one school, located in Sachal Goth, signatures were obtained from the students concerned but stipend was not delivered to them,” the official claimed. He said the unit staff had to visit the school and get the stipend delivered to the affected students.

The World Bank had introduced the scheme in 2006-07 that benefited a total of 269,000 students. The number of beneficiaries has since increased to 380,000 this year.

In reply to a question, Mr Khan said it was not possible for the unit to visit each and every school, especially those in remote areas, to verify disbursement of stipends. However, he said, an improved system could ensure an effective check on corruption and embezzlement.Dawn.

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July 4, 2011

Dawood College of Engineering Students Problems

Raza Adil Khan emailed from Commissioner Society, Abu-ul-Hasan Isphahani Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal: The road behind Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET) is littered with garbage. People living in nearby houses dump garbage almost every day on the said spot. They don’t realize that the students studying in DCET have to go through an ordeal as stink is coming out from it and sometimes it becomes unbearable to sit in the classroom. The town administration should take some concrete steps to address the issue on permanent basis.

Meanwhile, cleanliness condition in Commissioner Society is in shambles. Garbage and accumulated sewerage water in streets creates difficulties for pedestrians. The awful smell emanating from the overflowing manholes is also of great concern for the area residents. The sweepers of the city government only clean the main roads and never bother to sweep the streets of the locality.The news.

July 4, 2011

Pak students visit Leeds University

LAHORE:A delegation of position holder students, currently on a tour to European countries, visited the renowned Leeds University of the UK and also met Nobel laureate scientist Kostya Novo Soleve. According to a DGPR handout issued here on Friday, the international officer of Leeds University welcomed the delegation at the university. He said the university was established in 1904 and it was considered one of leading universities of the world.The news.

July 4, 2011

BZU 77pc students pass MA exam

Multan: The Bahauddin Zakariya University has declared the result of MA History Part-1 & 11 (Annual System) Annual Examination, 2010 here on Friday. According to the result notification, a total of 142 candidates appeared in the examination out of which 108 were declared successful while 34 failed.


The result of two students will be declared later on. Thus the overall success ratio in this examination stood at 77.14 percent.


The result statistics show that no candidate could secure first division in the examination while 100 obtained second division and eight third. The nation.

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July 4, 2011

Young students exhibit their talent in robotics contest

Rawalpindi:National Engineering Robotics Contest 2011 was organised by STEM Career Programme, HEC and NUST at the College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (EME) Rawalpindi on Saturday.


Dr. Akhtar Nawaz Malik, the Dean of Academics in his opening address, welcomed all the teams and guests. He stressed that co & extra-curricular activities play a very important role in building a sound personality & a successful human being.


Brigadier Dr. Javed Iqbal, the Head of Mechatronics Department and chief organiser of the contest, informed that 160 items from different Engineering Universities, Colleges and Institutes from all over the country registered for the qualifying round.


Major General Muhammad Shahid, Commandant College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering appreciated how the number of participants had grown over the years and the standard of the competition has risen.


At the end of the ceremony the chief guest Dr. Ansar Parvez, Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission gave away the prizes to the winning teams of the contest in the following categories Winner NERC 2011 Shield with cash prize of Rs80,000 was awarded to Virtuoso (SEECS, NUST), 1st Runner up NERC 2011 Shield with cash prize of Rs50,000 was awarded to Line Cruser Returns (University of Lahore), 2nd Runner up NERC 2011 Shield with cash prize of Rs40,000 was awarded to Box Hunter (Bahria University), 2 x Best Engineering Excellence Awards were given to the team M6 from College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and Infinity from CASE, 3 x Best Engineering Design Award with cash prize of Rs30,000 each was awarded to Nuts & Volts (NED, Karachi), Mechatron (Wah Engineering College), MUET boy (MUET, Jamshoro), Winner NERC 2011 Lego Award with cash prize of Rs25,000 was shared by Agent 47 (Beacon house Educational Complex) and Appache786 (Army Public School E & ME), 1st Runner up NERC 2011 Lego Award with cash prize of Rs15,000 was awarded to Balistic Catapult (Beacon House Educational Complex), 2nd Runner up NERC 2011 Lego Award with cash prize of Rs10,000 was awarded to Lego Baba and Captain Jack Sparrow, Youngest participants Award with cash prize of Rs5,000 was awarded to Fayed Arshad of 6th class in Headstart School, 5 x Participants & Performance Awards (Less NUST Students) Rs15,000 each to Legomegatron (Headstart School), Infiltrator (FG Sir Syed College), Kratos (SEECS, NUST), Botzilla (NED University), The Quest Small boy (Quaid-i-Azam University of Engineering, Nawabshah), Spirit of


Participation Award was awarded to Baluchistan Institute of IT, Engineering and Management sciences.The news.

July 4, 2011

Other tests await students passing exams

PESHAWAR,  Getting a domicile certificate has become a Herculean task for the students, who have qualified Secondary School Certificate examinations recently.
Submission of domicile along with other academic certificates is must for getting admission in any college of the province. A large number of students and their parents can be seen roaming around with domicile forms in their hands in the tehsil office.


“There are only four naib tehsildars in the tehsil office to handle thousands of applicants and sign domicile forms. It causes huge rush,” said a student. He said that suspension of electricity in tehsil office in the scorching heat and suffocation further added to the miseries of students, standing in long queues.


The irritated students often exchange hot words with each other as well as the officials. “Don`t break the queue,” one of the applicants shouted at others.


“We not only sign the domicile forms but also ask some queries to avoid bogus domicile certificates because these days touts get money from students of other districts to prove them residents of Peshawar,” a naib tehsildar told Dawn .


A white-bearded man, whose clothes were drenched in sweats, said that he was standing in the long queue for more than an hour to get domicile for his daughter.


“Thank God that my daughter herself has not come here because it is more difficult for a girl to wait for hours,” he said. As girl students themselves cannot come, their fathers are seen roaming in tehsil office, some of them using the domicile form as hand fan.


Another aged man from Chankani area said that he came early in the morning waiting for his turn till noon of Saturday to get domicile certificate for his son. “My son, who has obtained 600 marks in the SSC examination, is working at a shop of auto spare parts. He has asked me to make domicile for him because if he comes here he will miss one day wage,” he told Dawn .


One of the naib tehsildar, sitting on a chair in the veranda and surrounded by a group of students, was signing the forms and repeatedly asking the applicants to stay away from him as it was too hot. He was avoiding sitting in his office owing to suspension of electricity.


After some time he left his chair and went into a room, followed by the applicants. When the room became jam packed, an assistant of the naib tehsildar shouted at the students to get out, pushing some of them.


“Getting a domicile certificate is a lengthy process. First it has to be signed by a grade 17 officer and then checked and stamped by personal assistant to naib tehsildar after standing for hours in a queue.


After signing by naib tehsildar, the applicants have to move to the office of deputy district officer revenue for the final stage where officials keep one of domicile forms for record and hand over the other to the applicant,” said a student.


However, an official said that the domicile can be got in every month of the year.


The students and parents should not wait for announcement of SCC results for getting domiciles to avoid hours-long wait, he said.Dawn.

July 4, 2011

Young students exhibit their talent in robotics contest

Rawalpindi:National Engineering Robotics Contest 2011 was organised by STEM Career Programme, HEC and NUST at the College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (EME) Rawalpindi on Saturday.

Dr. Akhtar Nawaz Malik, the Dean of Academics in his opening address, welcomed all the teams and guests. He stressed that co & extra-curricular activities play a very important role in building a sound personality & a successful human being.

Brigadier Dr. Javed Iqbal, the Head of Mechatronics Department and chief organiser of the contest, informed that 160 items from different Engineering Universities, Colleges and Institutes from all over the country registered for the qualifying round.

Major General Muhammad Shahid, Commandant College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering appreciated how the number of participants had grown over the years and the standard of the competition has risen.

At the end of the ceremony the chief guest Dr. Ansar Parvez, Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission gave away the prizes to the winning teams of the contest in the following categories Winner NERC 2011 Shield with cash prize of Rs80,000 was awarded to Virtuoso (SEECS, NUST), 1st Runner up NERC 2011 Shield with cash prize of Rs50,000 was awarded to Line Cruser Returns (University of Lahore), 2nd Runner up NERC 2011 Shield with cash prize of Rs40,000 was awarded to Box Hunter (Bahria University), 2 x Best Engineering Excellence Awards were given to the team M6 from College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and Infinity from CASE, 3 x Best Engineering Design Award with cash prize of Rs30,000 each was awarded to Nuts & Volts (NED, Karachi), Mechatron (Wah Engineering College), MUET boy (MUET, Jamshoro), Winner NERC 2011 Lego Award with cash prize of Rs25,000 was shared by Agent 47 (Beacon house Educational Complex) and Appache786 (Army Public School E & ME), 1st Runner up NERC 2011 Lego Award with cash prize of Rs15,000 was awarded to Balistic Catapult (Beacon House Educational Complex), 2nd Runner up NERC 2011 Lego Award with cash prize of Rs10,000 was awarded to Lego Baba and Captain Jack Sparrow, Youngest participants Award with cash prize of Rs5,000 was awarded to Fayed Arshad of 6th class in Headstart School, 5 x Participants & Performance Awards (Less NUST Students) Rs15,000 each to Legomegatron (Headstart School), Infiltrator (FG Sir Syed College), Kratos (SEECS, NUST), Botzilla (NED University), The Quest Small boy (Quaid-i-Azam University of Engineering, Nawabshah), Spirit of

Participation Award was awarded to Baluchistan Institute of IT, Engineering and Management sciences.The news.

July 4, 2011

Rs10m embezzled in WB grant for girl students

KARACHI, Despite safeguards in place to check pilferage in the World Bank grant of Rs1.108 billion for promotion of girls` education, about Rs10 million has been embezzled in 2010-11, it emerg
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July 4, 2011

Dawood College of Engineering Students Problems

Raza Adil Khan emailed from Commissioner Society, Abu-ul-Hasan Isphahani Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal: The road behind Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET) is littered with garbage.
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July 2, 2011

Shahbaz doubles PEEF scholarship for students

Shahbaz doubles PEEF scholarship for students
Lahore, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the target of students getting scholarships under the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) should be enhanced from 25,000 to 50,000 this year.


He further said that scholarships of Rs 1.25 billion would be given this year and if additional resources were needed to provide scholarships to 50,000 students, they would also be made available.


He was addressing the 6th meeting of the PEEF Board of Directors here on Thursday. Shahbaz said that the PEEF had ensured the completion of educational activities of talented students facing financial constraints and such students were getting education not only in the prestigious institutions of the country but also abroad. He said the establishment of the fund was a revolutionary step of the Punjab government in the 63- year history of the country, through which, talented students facing financial problems were getting their education. He said scholarships had been given to 17,000 students out of the fund so far.


The chief minister said the youth was a guarantee of the bright future of the country and all possible resources would be provided for equipping them with modern knowledge. He said the PEEF was the largest endowment fund of the country through which scholarships were not only being given to the talented students of the four provinces but also to the male and female students of Gilgit-Baltistan, Fata and Azad Kashmir. He also directed the PEEF management that this year, 20 students should be sent to prestigious universities of the world for getting education.