Women's college in Pak announces 15 'Malala scholarships'

Lahore, Nov. 11 (ANI): In a move to acknowledge the efforts of 15-year-old Taliban victim Malala Yousufzai who promoted female education in Pakistan's Swat Valley, a women's' college in Lahore has decided to award the 'Malala Yousufzai Scholarship' every year to 15 students every belonging to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Northern Areas.

"The 15 scholarships will be awarded on the request of the Student Council. Out of these, 10 scholarships will be for the four-year BS programme and five for the MS-PhD programme," the Daily Times quoted Dr Sabiha Mansoor, Vice Chancellor of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), as saying.

"Malala Yousufzai stands tall as a symbol of girl education and defiance against those who wish to impose their obscurantist agenda from behind the facade of religion. Malala is a brave and courageous girl, who despite all challenges to her personal her education, refused to bow to all these threats. She stands as a symbol of hope for women empowerment through education," Mansoor said.

Malala, who raised her voice against Taliban oppression and advocated girls' right to education, was shot in the neck and head by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on October 9.

A National Peace award winner, Malala had became the voice of all the girls in Swat when she began maintaining a diary on the website of the BBC under the pen name of "Gul Makai" wherein she described the atrocities of the Taliban.

Malala is presently recuperating at a hospital in Birmingham, UK and is said to be making good progress. (ANI)


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