Chair meets Oxford Noon Scholars 

Dr Paul Flather, chair of the VNEF, was delighted to meet our two current Oxford Noon Scholars at the Ashmolean last month and share some time reviewing South Asian and Pakistan items on display in the museum. Both Brayshna Kundi, who is studying for an MSc in Environmental Studies, and Alia Hasnain, who is studying for a Masters in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School with a focus on education policy, were full of praise and enthusiasm for their time in Oxford - and asked for their thanks to be passed on to the trust and board. They were full of ideas to refresh their work with Government - both are senior advisors in the Pakistan government service - on their return in the summer.  Dr Flather was able to share some anecdotes while showing them around his old college, Balliol (see pictures), before they had tea together in the senior common room.  The group were accompanied by Heather Edwards from the University development office who helped set up the gathering.  

Welcome to our new Board member Professor Kamal Munir

We are delighted to welcome a distinguished new member of our Board of Trustees. Professor Kamal Munir comes with a long list of achievements and as the serving Pro Vice-Chancellor for Community and Engagement at Cambridge University. He is Professor of Strategy and a Fellow of Homerton College. We look forward to his participation at our forthcoming annual meeting in May. He will also help us to keep in touch with Cambridge matters. He replaces our distinguished former Cambridge based trustee, Professor Haroon Ahmed, who has opted to stand down.

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Farewell to Professor Haroon Ahmed   

Professor Haroon Ahmed, former President of Corpus Christie College at Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Engineering, who, as noted last year, had opted, finally to stand down from our board of trustees after more than 15 years of service. But we were delighted that he agreed to stay connected with us and to continue to serve as a co-opted member of our VNEF Finances Subcommittee, and now he has agreed to offer advice in our selections of particularly science and technology students. He will be much missed, though we are pleased we have not lost his wise counsel.   

SOAS Charles Wallace Pakistan Fellowship 2021 - 2022

One fellowship is awarded annually by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust to a Pakistani scholar whose research and career would particularly benefit from the opportunity of spending 3 months at SOAS. The 3 month placement, located within the SSAI, is ordinarily taken up between January and May. Read more

Closing date for applications: Monday, 17 September 2021

Exorbitant fees deprive capital students of higher education

The exorbitant fee structure of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) colleges in comparison to the provinces in Pakistan has made it difficult for the students of low-income groups to afford to acquire higher education, reports APP, 13th March 2021.  Read more APP, 13th March 2021. Read more here