ISLAMABAD - The first batch of 300 Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholars will graduate as medical doctors from Cuba in February 2014 and a graduation ceremony in this regard will be held in Cuba during third week of February.

The students, representing all provinces of Pakistan including FATA and AJK, will be required to qualify a national examination board to be conducted by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) after successful graduation from Cuba.

It is expected that these graduating doctors upon their return will contribute to improve the health sector of Pakistan and also strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

The government of Cuba had offered 1,000 scholarships to Pakistani students after October 2005 earthquake. The students were selected on merit by the Higher Education Commission and were sent to Cuba in two different batches. The government of Cuba is providing tuition fees, books, free laundry, Halal food, lodging, health insurance and other miscellaneous expenditures while the government of Pakistan is providing monthly stipend and air tickets. Cuba has an excellent public healthcare system. The health indicators of Cuba are comparable with any developed country of the world.

Disabled Day marked

A colourful function was held at Nasheman School & College for Special Children with reference to International Disabled Day here on Saturday.

Lt Gen Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood HI(M) Chairman POF Board was the chief guest on this occasions. The chief guest visited various stalls prepared by the special children. Special children sang national songs and presented beautiful tableau show. Addressing on this occasion, Chairman POF Board remarked that special children expressed their thoughts and feelings by presenting various tableau show in such a way that it realises that these children are really special and their capabilities are not less than others. He stressed upon the administration of the college that the college staff should shoulder their responsibilities with honesty for the progress of the institution by utilising all available resources.

The Chairman POF Board announced Rs 250,000 for recreational visits of the special children of the college and insured that POF administration would provide further fund to the college.

He announced a cash prize of Rs 25,000 for each player of this school and college who won gold, silver and bronze medals in Asia Pacific Special Olympic 2013 held in Australia.

Earlier Principal Nashmena School in her welcoming remarks said that the objective of celebrating International Disabled Day is to make it realise to the society that special children are the vital part of this society and it is our responsibility to help them out and create opportunity to make them a useful citizens of the society.