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Islamabad: Applications for 2011-12 British Chevening Scholarships

Applications for the 2011-12 ‘British Chevening Scholarships’ programme in Pakistan are now open. The Chevening scheme offers successful candidates one year fully funded post graduate scholarships for study in the UK. For the 2011-12 programme scholarships are offered in the following areas of study: Security and Counter Terrorism, Governance and Democracy,Regional stability and conflict resolution, Media & Communications, and Economic Growth. Adam Thomson, UK High Commissioner to Pakistan said: “Chevening is a highly competitive process designed to identify the most promising of the next generation of leaders and influencers to promote an affinity and greater understanding between our two cultures.

We are very pleased to welcome new Scholars to study in the UK and wish them good luck for their future positions of influence and leadership in Pakistan. Read More »Islamabad: Applications for 2011-12 British Chevening Scholarships

UK to cut skilled non-EU immigrants by 13 pc: BBC

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* Non-EU skilled visas to be cut to 43,000 a year

* Issue divisive for Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition

LONDON: Britain is to cap the number of skilled workers entering the country from outside the European Union at 43,000 a year, down 13 percent from 2009, but at the higher end of recent proposals, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Additionally, staff transferred by companies from another country would be exempt from the cap if they earned more than 40,000 pounds a year, the broadcaster said. The BBC gave no source for its report, and officials were not immediately available for comment. Read More »UK to cut skilled non-EU immigrants by 13 pc: BBC

UK visa system ‘may discriminate against Pakistanis’

LONDON: The British agency responsible for monitoring immigration may be discriminating against Pakistanis in the way it hands out visas, a report by the independent chief inspector said Thursday. John Vine, who oversees the work of the UK Border Agency, found that its staff were making it more difficult for people to enter Britain from Pakistan than from Gulf states such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai.Read More »UK visa system ‘may discriminate against Pakistanis’

ISLAMABAD: HEC announces foreign funded scholarships

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced different foreign funded scholarships on behalf of various diplomatic channels for Pakistani students, commencing from 2011-12 academic session.

These include the scholarships offered by the Mexican Government for graduate, post graduate and research studies; Master and PhD scholarships in Korean Development Institute (KDI School), School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul Korea for the year 2011; scholarships offered by Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan for 2011 and Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarships Programme for studies in Thailand, Pakistan, Japan and USA. Read More »ISLAMABAD: HEC announces foreign funded scholarships

LAHORE: FIA starts crackdown against ‘fraudulent’ student consultants

* Agency has so far registered cases against 150 consultants, rounded up dozens of others.

By Imran Chaudhry

The Federal Investigation Agency in Punjab has launched a crackdown against student consultants who are involved in illegal activities such as human trafficking and minting money from people through fraudulent practices.

There are hundreds of such consultants working across the province who allure students mostly from the middle and lower classes in the name of making them win scholarships and providing easy visas to different countries across the world.

Sources in the FIA told Daily Times that a number of criminals were even running human trafficking businesses in the guise of student consultancies and that they had connections with the “international mafia of human smugglers in the region”.
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UK to tighten student visa rules to check immigration

LONDON: Britain will review its student visa system to tighten rules in a bid to control growing levels of immigration, said Immigration Minister Damian Green on Monday. The number of non-EU students coming to Britain has jumped by a third to more than 300,000 last year, prompting the government to order a shake-up of the visa system which it said was open to “significant abuse”. Home Office figures on Monday showed the number of students increased by more than 75,000 totaling 313,000. The influx was exacerbated by students bringing with them 31,000 dependants, the department said. That compared with 235,000 students and 25,000 dependants in the previous year. ImmigrationRead More »UK to tighten student visa rules to check immigration

People warned of fake education/visa consultants in Pakistan

Myra Imran
Representatives of renowned educational institutions of Australia, United Kingdom and United States have warned aspiring candidate against fake consultants that actually make big majority of the total number of consultants working in the country.

They said that according to a rough estimate, there are more than 2,000 consultants in the country and among them only 20 are reliable and affiliated with the international institutions. They were talking to ‘The News’ at a two-day International Education Expo organised by HR Consultants on Sunday. “There is severe lack of good guidance in this regard and it is largely up to the student to judge the consultant’s reliability,” said Adeel Saeed Mir, Navitas Country Manager for Pakistan. He deals with admissions in colleges and universities in Australia and Canada. Read More »People warned of fake education/visa consultants in Pakistan