July 24, 2010

Islamabad: Cut in budget likely to force HEC to drop 80% of students

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By Noor Aftab
A drastic cut in the annual budget is likely to force Higher Education Commission (HEC) to drop 80 per cent of students for foreign scholarships due to non-availability of required funds, sources told ‘The News’ here on Friday.

The data showed that HEC set a target to select 800 students for foreign scholarships in MS, MPhil leading to PhD in universities of US, UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Germany, France and Cuba.

The annual PSDP budget for the HEC has been reduced from Rs22.5 billion to Rs15.7 billion and now it is finding it difficult to provide required funds to 640 students for foreign scholarships.
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THE UNLUCKY SUICIDERS-ALI SUKHANVER

Why do people commit suicide? Are they really fed up with their life or the circumstances around them compel them to do so? According to various psycho-analysts suicide is nothing but an extempore reaction of some emotional disturbance resulting by some unexpected failure or some irreparable loss. Most of the time a feeling of helplessness in response to some injustice also forces a man to deprive himself of his life; surely the most precious thing one has. The phenomenon of suicide is not limited to those who are physically week or spiritually fragile; sometimes people having a very strong physical condition and unbeatable type of nervous system also fall a prey to this ‘helpless – reaction’. Discussing the increasing rate of suicide, generally in the American society and particularly in the US army, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said at a suicide prevention conference, “Of the more than 30,000 suicides in this country each year, fully 20% of them are acts by veterans. That means on average 18 veterans commit suicide each day. Five of those veterans are under our care at VA. So losing five veterans who are in treatment every month, and then not having a shot at the other 13 who for some reason haven’t come under our care, means that we have a lot of work to do.”

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