KARACHI - A seven-member delegation of World Bank on Thursday reviewed the performance of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BBSYDP).

The delegation, under the supervision of Andreas Blom, held a meeting with Provincial Coordination Unit of BBSYDP at the latter’s office.

BBSYDP Provincial Coordinator Karim Bakhsh Siddiqui and his team updated implementation of phase-IV of training progress on implementation plan. He also discussed with the visiting team regarding collaboration with TVTC Saudi Arabia for International Certification.

Technical Committee Chairman Dr Islam Hameed also apprised the visiting team about the successful journey of the BBSYDP throughout the province. He said that through this huge mega project, unskilled and unemployed youth of the province got skilful training in various sectors. He also informed them about evaluation, financial management and review of third party validation methodology. STEVTA MD Dr Abdul Wahid Uqaili had also briefed the team about evaluation of proposals and final selection, updated technical assistance component activities, packaging and timeline of TA assistance and other matters related to implanting agencies.

The delegation also held a meeting with Principal Secretary to Sindh chief minister, Agha Jan Akhter in the CM House where they exchanged matters pertaining progress, evaluation of the BBSYDP and future action plans including Sindh Skill Development Project Implementation Support Programme. The visitors appreciated the efforts taken by the BBSYDP for providing skilful trainings to the youth and declared it the strong partner in the field of technical, vocational and self-employed generation.

KU introduces Fulbright scholarship for Master’s, PhD: Karachi University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi has said that it is imperative for our youths to acquire foreign education to fulfil the requirements of this rapidly changing world.

Addressing a seminar organised to aware the students about the Fulbright Award of United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, she said the KU had always welcomed foreign scholarship for its students.

She said that Fulbright was the flagship fellowship award programme of the US Department of State. Fulbright award funds graduate study in the US for a Master’s or PhD degree which includes tuition, required text books, airfare, stipend and health insurance. USEFP also assist with the visa process, she added.

USEFP Programme Officer Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto informed that in order to win the scholarship for Master’s and PhD programme, 16 and 18 years education is required respectively.

A GRE or TOEFL score of 136 (verbal) and 138 (quantitative) is compulsory. He added that those bearing dual nationality or have already availed a scholarship are ineligible for the programme. He said that 100 scholarships would be awarded for Master’s Programme for a period of 3 years whereas 50-80 scholarships will be awarded for 5 year PhD programme.

Application forms can be downloaded from the USEFP website www.usefpakistan.org. A large number of students and faculty members were present on the occasion.