June 22 - 28, 2009

Khushhali Bank Limited (KBL) has initiated an appreciable gesture to encourage youngsters from under developed areas of the country by awarding scholarships to students of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Recently, it awarded 22 scholarships to the students of City University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar.

These scholarships brought the total number of scholarships extended to the students of City University to 67.

Khushhali Bank's Scholarship Program was launched in 2005. KBL has so far extended a total of 290 scholarships to capable and deserving candidates in prestigious universities of the country like IBA (Karachi and Sukkur), LUMS (Lahore), SZABIST (Karachi), IMS (Hayatabad, Peshawar), and BUITEMS (Quetta).

The awarding ceremony was held at Islamabad National Institute of Banking & Finance (NIBAF) and was a testament of Khushhali Bank's commitment to create opportunities for the underprivileged students residing in the marginalized areas of the country.

Present at the occasion were Syed Zahid Raza, Head Human Resource Khushhali Bank (KBL), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Israr Khattak, Vice Chancellor City University of Science & Information Technology along with other prominent names of education sector.

Syed Zahid Raza awarded the scholarships to the deserving students as a part of KBL's efforts to extend the outreach of its scholarship program to provide underprivileged students of the society with quality education. These are merit based scholarships that include tuition and examination fee, along with course related material/books, boarding and lodging expenses. Moreover, students receiving the scholarships may also be offered special internship opportunities during the course of study.

Reiterating Khushhali Bank's objective to give impetus to growth by supporting economic uplift, Syed Zahid Raza stressed the need to facilitate the youth with professional education and said: "As a society we suffer, when a large majority of our youth is deprived of access to quality education which is their due right. Through the Khushhali Bank Scholarship initiative, we hope to create better livelihood opportunities for students representing the underprivileged segments of our society by giving them the opportunity to pursue higher education in professional disciplines and contribute to the human resource pool of Pakistan."

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Israr Khattack lauded Khushhali Bank for undertaking such a commendable initiative aimed at providing quality education to deserving students representing the remote areas of Sindh, Balochistan, and FATA. He said: "This is a great initiative, whereby deserving students are awarded for their hard-work and dedication and this motivates them to be intent in education. It is a privilege to be a part of this initiative as the end benefit of such programs is not just limited to the students who receive the education but transferred to their families and the society in general as well."



Students from Pakistan took top honors in the 2009 Think Quest Competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF).

Think Quest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop 21st century skills. The competition includes a Website Competition that challenges student teams to develop educational websites on topics of their choice and a Narrative Competition that challenges student teams to publish their ideas on topics of global importance using OEF's Think Quest Projects platform. Each team was coached by a teacher, who guided its team members.

Muhammad, Muznah and Rida of Generation's School collaborated with students in Singapore to create a website called "Portable Partners-Friends or Foes", which examined common mobile devices used by young people, was awarded 3rd place in the 19 and Underage division.

"The Oracle Education Foundation is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements of all the students who participated in the Think Quest Competitions," said Clare Dolan, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship. "These students developed skills that are critical for success in the 21st century while producing outstanding educational resources that will benefit their peers globally."

"Think Quest was a challenging yet enjoyable experience for me. It was an honor for me not only to compete on an international platform, but also to represent Pakistan," said Muhammad, a student team member from Generation's School. "My teammates and I gave it our best shot to make our website a worthy contestant in Think Quest. The news about our victory was a complete surprise and I would like to acknowledge my teammates and coaches for their hard work and guidance."

Winning teams were selected from among 955 teams from 83 countries. Countries represented by winners include Australia, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Pakistan, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States .

Teams had approximately eight months to research and develop their websites. An international panel of volunteer judges reviewed the entries and selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners and Honorable Mentions within three age divisions. Prizes for winning teams included laptop computers, digital cameras, school grants, and a trip to the awards event in the San Francisco Bay Area, depending on placement.

Qualifying entries are published in the Think Quest Library, the world's largest online repository of student-developed learning projects.