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US scholarships for Fata students

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Peshawar, Aug 06: As many as 26 students, selected on merit from different educational institutions in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, are going to avail the scholarship facility under the USAID Students Exchange Programme. They will be accompanied by three female and one male teacher.

This was disclosed by officials at the concluding ceremony of the pre-departure training for Fata students proceeding on 15-day study tour to Washington DC, held at Islamabad the other day.

According to a statement issued here on Thursday, Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani while speaking as chief guest at the ceremony said that the tribal students were very intelligent, bright and dynamic but lacked opportunities, which, if provided, could bring out their worth in education and allied fields.

US Ambassador Anne W Patterson and officials of USAID and Fata Secretariat attended the ceremony besides the parents, students and teachers from the Fata regions.

The governor congratulated the students and their parents for having attained this rare opportunity of visiting USA, adding that the young scholars from Fata would be able to see the world and acquaint themselves with the US education system, lifestyle, culture and the country site.

“This trip would broaden their perspective about the world, about the western societies and the future of the mankind,” the governor said while addressing the students.

Mr Owais was grateful to the US government for its generous support to Pakistan on different emergent occasions like the one being faced in the wake of the devastating floods and said that such supports and help were of great ease and benefit for the people of Pakistan.

He said that the process of selection of students, including nine girls, was made purely on merit and more such groups would avail this opportunity in the days to come. Dawn

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