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Scholarship approval

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, is held in high regard across the Arab world for his efforts towards promoting art, culture and knowledge. He always comes up with new initiatives that could facilitate intellectual and cultural attainment. It’s good to see that he has approved 250 new scholarships (“Sultan approves 250 scholarships,” Aug.17, The Gulf Today).

Reportedly, there are 105 scholarships for bachelor’s degrees at the University of Sharjah. The rest 145 scholarships have been approved for postgraduate studies (122 for master’s degrees and 23 for doctorates).

It has been reported that about 160 requests for scholarships were accepted within days from the university to the students of the Community College. The number of scholarships to be approved to the Emiri Court by Ruler of Sharjah is expected to reach 850, excluding the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority’s scholarships.

It’s also noteworthy that Sheikh Sultan has approved 1,000 scholarships to the Emiri Court for bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Sharjah alone.
Khadeeja Aman — By email

De-extinction programmes

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) is doing a praiseworthy work of reviving scimitar-horned oryx, which was officially declared extinct. The organisation has recently released 54 scimitar-horned oryx into the wild in Chad (“Abu Dhabi eco body releases another 54 scimitar-horned oryx into the wild in Chad,” Aug.17, The Gulf Today).

The initiative is an important milestone in the history of reviving scimitar-horned oryx. The latest reintroduction has increased the number of the species to 89. After the last year’s reintroduction 16 calves were recorded in the wild.

The EAD, the Chadian Ministry of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Sahara Conservation Fund have joined hands to achieve a wild with a free-ranging, self-sustaining population of 500 animals in the Ouadi Rime Ouadi Achim game reserve in Chad.

It’s remarkable that the last scimitar-horned oryx was disappeared from Chad in the late 1980s and thus the species was officially declared “Extinct in the Wild” globally by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2000. Therefore, the initiative to revive the species is nothing short of extraordinary.
Tauseeful Haque — By email
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