Archive for April, 2011

 IDSP-Pakistan is conducting theory and practice based Development Studies Courses on various themes of Development, Education and Culture. Therefore it is to share with you all with a great pleasure that IDSP-Pakistan is going to launch the 11th Development Studies Course which will be conducted in Quetta, Balochistan.
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application online, via email or post before May 10th, 2011. For online applications please follow the bellow link and submit online applications for the course.

The course outline and printable application form is attached.

Deadline for application: May 10th, 2011

Contacts address:

 Focal Person:                 Ms. Kawish Mehboob

Contact Number:            03013236726

Postal Address:              7-A Almshraq Street, Arbab Karam Khan Road Quetta

Office number:                Ph: 081-2470243, 2471776, 081-2447285

Contact Person

Saeed Shah
Program Director
Academic Development Program
Sent by: Dr. Quratulain Bakhtaeri
Founding Director IDSP-Pakistan

In response to the dramatic changes taking place in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, PILnet is opening the possibility for candidates from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia to join the 2011-2012 class of PILnet International Fellows. 

International Fellows from the MENA region would join other public interest lawyers from around the world for a 10-month program. The program begins in August 2011 with a semester of study at Columbia Law School and additional public interest advocacy training. In the spring, International Fellows will participate in a three-month period of internships at New York-based public interest law organizations and a two-month study visit to Europe based out of PILnet’s Budapest office. International Fellows return to their home countries after the fellowship, with the aim of implementing the project developed during the fellowship.

For application instructions, please visit our How to Apply page. Application forms may be downloaded; completed forms and all other required materials should be submitted via e-mail to pilnetfellowship(at) Please contact Program Coordinator Erin Carll with your questions.

 The DEADLINE for receiving applications at PILnet is May 9, 2011. For more information or to apply, please follow this link:…

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a call for applications for the United Nations Trust Fund that allocates project grants for programmes of humanitarian, legal and financial assistance to individuals whose human rights have been severely violated as a result of contemporary forms of slavery.

Contemporary forms of slavery include chattel slavery, serfdom, forced labour, debt bondage, the worst forms of child labour, forced and early marriage and the sale of wives, trafficking of persons and human organs, sexual slavery, sale of children and children in armed conflicts, etc.

Projects undertaken with the Fund’s grants include medical, psychological, education and housing assistance aid for women and girls who are victims of forced marriages, vocational training to victims of human trafficking for sexual and economic exploitation; support to rehabilitation centers for sexually and physically abused street children and projects to identify and release bonded labourers in the agriculture, carpet and construction industries. Other projects have provided victims with the means to generate sustainable sources of income, such as sewing machines, hairdressing equipment, or farming tools.

The Fund is administrated by the Secretary General, who is advised by a Board of Trustees. The Board is composed of five persons with relevant experience in the field of human rights, and contemporary forms of slavery in particular, serving in their personal capacity. The members of the Board are appointed by the Secretary-General with due regard to equitable geographical distribution, for three-year, once renewable terms.

The deadline to submit applications for this project grant opportunity is 31 May 2011. For more information, visit this


We have received a request from a primary teacher Syed Ahmed Shah Bukhari, who teaches in a remote village of Khairpur district of Sindh. He has motivated the local community to send their girls to school and with his tireless efforts first generation of village girls were admitted to the school. After passing five years most of them were again back to their homes as there is no middle/high school in the village. He continued efforts has motivated some 12 parents to allow their girls to get admission in a middle/high school in  the nearest town. We circulated his request for financial support as the girls belonged to poor families. Luckily several people came forward and the required amount was generated. Now they have completed their 6th class and are to be admitted in 7th class. Again their poor parents have requested for financial support to maintain their studies. Each girl would require Rs. 8,000/year to cover expenses of school kit, uniform, travel and other such study related expenses. It is not a big cost to educate a rural girl. I am circulating this request for your generous support. List of the students is given below. Syed Ahmed Shah, the teacher can be contacted at 0345-3878077, 0333-7586799. You may directly contact him to extend your support. Pls circulate this note to your mailing list.
Below is a list of girls who will be able to get their education if they get support:


Following  new girls/students want to get admission


Call for Submissions: Summer 2011 Feature-Film Production Grants from The Global Film Initiative – cross cultural understanding through the medium of cinema.

Summer 2011  Feature-film Production Grants

In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce the Summer 2011 cycle of its feature-film Production Grants program. Applications will be accepted from April 30, 2011 to July 15, 2011.

Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in winter and summer, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the Initiative’s mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world. Monies received through the Initiative’s granting program are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs, such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems.

This year, the Global Film Initiative will award production grants of up to $10,000 each to select applicants during its Summer granting cycle. These funds are made available following the Initiative’s evaluation of an applicant’s completed screenplay and early film-footage, and may include a pre-sale option for exclusive U.S. distribution of an applicant’s film by the Initiative. Individuals may submit more than one film for consideration per granting cycle but please note that only applications from qualifying countries or regions will be considered and that production grants are not available for documentary or short films.*

The Global Film Initiative strongly believes in supporting narrative storytelling traditions from around the world and invites all qualified applicants to submit their work for granting consideration. For Applications & Guidelines, please see the links to the left of the screen.

Application deadline: July 15, 2011. Applications will be accepted starting April 30, 2011.

*The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: Africa, Asia (excluding Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan), the Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Central and Eastern Europe (excluding European Union), Latin America, the Middle East (excluding Iran) and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand). For more info see:


The Nippon Foundation will provide full fellowships including tuitions, books, required assistive technology and other support services, to a small group of individuals with disabilities to pursue graduate studies (Master’s level) in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIPD), beginning in August 2011 at the recently establishment Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN region. This program will be offered entirely online, with the exception of a two-week residency held at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand July 18th-29th. The applications deadline for the scholarship and degree program is June 10, 2011.

The aim of the IDPP is to serve as a regional resource to both public and private sectors. The institute will develop a cadre of leaders who will work to foster public policies consistent with the overall vision of the ASEAN Socio-cultural Community.  That is an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based region where people who are disabled are leaders in the determination of their own destinies.

The IDPP fellowship committee is currently recruiting a small number of candidates who have
1) Hearing Impairments, 2) Vision Impairments, or 3) Mobility Impairments, to serve as a human resource cadre to the IDPP and conduct research on disability and public policy in the ASEAN region. The committee seeks for persons with disabilities meeting the five criteria below:

  1. A talented and motivated individual from one of the ten ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) with demonstrated leadership experience and commitment to working with organizations of/for disabled persons or other marginalized individuals in their own country.
  2. A commitment to achieving positive change for disabled persons through the development of proactive public policies within the ASEAN region.
  3. Information and communication technology (ICT) skills to communicate through distant education and schooling.
  4. Commitment to cooperate with the IDPP to grow an alumni network after completing a Master’s degree in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP).
  5. A person with the academic requirements and experiential background to meet the entrance requirement of a Master’s degree program in CIDP. More information about the requirements for this program can be found at:

Applications are being accepted for a journalism fellowship focused human rights and social justice.

The International Women’s Media Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2011-12 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, named for the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and The Boston Globe correspondent who was killed in Iraq in May 2003.

The fellowship will run from September 2011 to March 2012.  The application deadline is May 27, 2011. This program, created with Neuffer’s family and friends, aims to perpetuate her memory and advance her life mission of promoting international understanding of human rights and social justice while creating an opportunity for women journalists to build their skills.
One woman journalist will be selected to spend an academic year in a tailored program with access to Boston-area universities as well as The Boston Globe and The New York Times. The flexible structure of the program will provide the fellow with opportunities to pursue academic research and hone her reporting skills covering topics related to human rights.

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is open to women journalists whose focus is human rights and social justice. Applicants must be dedicated to a career in journalism in print, broadcast or online media and show a strong commitment to sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues upon the completion of the fellowship. Excellent written and spoken English skills are required. A stipend will be provided, and expenses, including airfare and housing, will be covered.

More details available at:….

Labour Party Pakistan Lahore demo to condemn target killings of Sindhi nationalist leaders

L To R- Sarai Qurban Khahwar & Rooplo Chooliyani

LPP Lahore will organize a protest demonstration today on 27th April 3 pm at Shimla Pehari Lahore to protest against the killing of the three nationalist leaders in Sindh. 

The three were killed probably by the state forces and then burnt alive last week in Sanghar. According to the details, Three central leaders of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), a nationalist party, were burnt alive when some armed men.  Rooplo Choliani, Sirai Qurban and Noorullah Tunio were coming in an Alto car from Khipro town to district headquarter town Sanghar. The culprits who were chasing them opened fires on car and then torched it, as a result Rooplo Choliani and Serai Qurban and Noorullah burnt alive in the car. The assailants also resorted to aerial firing to stop the people who wanted to come closer and save the lives of JSQM leaders.

LPP Lahore will organize a protest demonstration today on 27th April 3 pm at Shimla Pehari Lahore to protest against the killing of the three nationalist leaders in Sindh. 

The three were killed probably by the state forces and then burnt alive last week in Sanghar. According to the details, Three central leaders of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), a nationalist party, were burnt alive when some armed men.  Rooplo Choliani, Sirai Qurban and Noorullah Tunio were coming in an Alto car from Khipro town to district headquarter town Sanghar. The culprits who were chasing them opened fires on car and then torched it, as a result Rooplo Choliani and Serai Qurban and Noorullah burnt alive in the car. The assailants also resorted to aerial firing to stop the people who wanted to come closer and save the lives of JSQM leaders.


Posted: April 20, 2011 in News and Views

USEFP advising department is conducting an F-1 Visa Seminar on Friday, April  22nd, 2011 (3:00P.M – 5:00P.M), structured to guide students through the U.S.  student visa application and interview process.

This is a great opportunity to learn how to prepare the students for the F-1 visa interview. The invitees will be open to any queries or concern they may  have, regarding the visa application process.  A Visa Consular will be present  to cover the following:
1.       Useful tips and what to expect from your visa Interview.
2.       Overview of required documents and supporting material.
3.       Visa Interview FAQ’s.
Those interested in attending the event, are requested to please send me your  confirmation by replying to this email with your full name, phone number, USEFP I.D Number and institution name by the registration deadline of Thursday, April 21st, 2011 before 3:00P.M (Sharp).

Please confirm, only if you are sure about your participation, as the seats are  limited.

Please do not forget to bring along an original photo ID for security check at  the gate (Passport or National ID card). Mobiles and laptops will not be allowed  inside and will have to be deposited at the security checkpoint. This program is not for Fulbright applicants.

We look forward to your participation in this seminar.

 Please Contact:
 Mr. Faraz Naqvi, Academic Advisor
  United States Educational Foundation Pakistan
  Tel:  +92-21-35810672
  Fax: +92-21-35810670


Gulab Jamun

Project Nur, Harvard Pakistan Student Group, and Aligarh Alumni Association of New England are putting on a mushaira! For those of you who do not know what a mushaira is, it is an event where poets gather to recite their works.We will be having around 3-4 local poets coming to present their poetry on Thursday April 28. Following their presentation, we will look to members of the audience to recite if they wish. Translations of …the Urdu poems will be available as well.Refreshments (samosas, cheese, crackers, chai, and coffee) will be served prior to the poetry at 6:30. The poetry will start at 7:00pm.

We are also looking to have a ghazal singer but are in need of a tabla player to commit. If anyone interested in attending knows how to play the tabla or knows someone who knows the tabla, then please contact Charlotte Giles at

Local Poets reciting include:
Maarij Kirmani
Dr. Muneebur Rahman
Dr. Jamal Qadri

Please join us for a great display of the rich culture of Urdu poetry!

From RightsNOW:

Dear all,

This is going to be a great Mushaira in Boston’s history for following reasons:

Great local poetess (se names above) will be reading their poetry and other poets/poetess like myself will also get chance to recite poetry.

Gulab Jamon (a popular Indian/Paksitani desert) and spicy delicious Samosas (Triangular pastory stuffed with veg) and Tea/Chai will  make you feel energetic and keep you awake during the Mushaira.

You know that translation of urdu/hindi poetry will be provided? Yes, we have that arrnagement. For example : If poet/poetess recites Faiz:  tum mere paas raho. mere qaatil, mere dildaar, mere paas raho Translation: You who demolish me, you whom I love, be near me. Remain near me when evening

This Mushaira will give insight in Paksitan and India’s culture and will fill you emotionally and spirtually.

Please join us for Mushaira and enjoy the evening!!!!