Rita delivers lecture on educational opportunities in US

KARACHI: The Executive Director, United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), Ms. Rita Bruun Akhtar said on Thursday that the USEFP is arranging Fulbright Scholarships for students of various universities of Pakistan and youth of Sindh Province, hence they should come forward and avail this opportunity on the basis of Merit and hardworking.

She said this while delivering A lecture to faculty and students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University on “Educational Opportunities in USA” at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU.

She said that the USEFP is announcing 250 scholarships for Pakistan every year. This year, 150 persons are being sent to USA, out of which 23 persons have been selected form Sindh Province, which is about 24 % of the total selectees. Ms. Rita Akhtar added that about 2000 students from China and 10,000 students from India are availing such facilities, while the total number of students from Pakistan is 5000. She added that 50 percent of scholarships are reserved for women.

She added that the students of Sindh must avail these opportunities of scholarships of United States. Mr. Rita Akhtar lauded role of Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh for furtherance of education of SMIU and said that the number of students from Sindh is increased due to the efforts of Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, who is a member of the Board of Directors of Fulbright Scholar Programme, in Pakistan. She hoped that the number of students from Sindh will further increase in future also.

She maintained that the USEFP has been extending facilities for furtherance of quality education in various subjects for student s all over the world purely on their academic merit. Ms. Rita Bruun Akhtar further informed that there are two programmes i-e one is Fulbright Scholar Programme and other is Global Undergraduate Programme. She said the students would apply for scholarships to have studies in various universities of USA. She also stressed upon them to work hard and devote time to studies as they could be selected for higher education in high quality universities of USA.

She also answered the questions of intending students. She announced that the USEFP will provide books for the library of SMIU.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh presented welcome address and said that Execute Director USEFP Ms Rita Akhtar has come here to interact with teachers/ students who intend to go USA for higher studies. He said there is complete merit for selection of persons for availing the scholarships and those who will work hard, they can avail such facility. He informed that he has been selected as Fulbright scholar purely on merit basis.

The lecture programme was attended by Deans, chairpersons of various departments, faculty members and students of the SMIU.

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