ISLAMABAD - Discipline of science is not the only road to academic excellence and students of humanities can do equally well provided their potential is effectively harnessed, says Aleenah Masood, a Pakistani student, who has proven her assertion by being selected for the ‘Erasmus Mundus Scholarship 2012’ by the European Union.
The student has been awarded this scholarship in the field of social sciences and humanities to study at Lund University in Sweden, which is one of Europe’s most prestigious universities and Scandinavia’s largest institutions for education and research, consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The EU-sponsored ‘Erasmus Mundus Scholarship 2012’ is aimed at selecting and educating brilliant students from all over the world, who do not have enough resources to get quality higher education abroad.
Aleenah Masood, studying in BS social sciences at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Islamabad Campus, is one of the only two Pakistani students picked under this scholarship out of the large number of applicants from different public and private sector universities. She has been selected on the basis of her deep interest and excellent academic record in the subjects of arts.
Aleenah, who always found science subjects hard to study, says parents should not force their children to study in this discipline as science may not be every student’s cup of tea.
Even the students of arts can win kudos and the country needs professionals other than scientists, doctors and engineers too, she believed. All what is important, according to Aleenah, is that the students should have dedication and they should work hard to achieve excellence no matter whichever discipline they opt for.