Survey 2020

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Message from the Chair

Lady Viqarunnissa Noon was a unique character. She founded our Trust with two main objectives: to give some of the brightest Pakistani students the chance to study at Britain’s best universities, and to reinforce links between Britain, the country where she was brought up, and Pakistan, her adopted home.

Now 25 and more years – the Trust was created in 1992 with the first awards in 1994 – we have been able to fund 200 and more deserving Pakistani scholars to study at world-class universities in the UK. Even so, with limited funds, in our times of economic stringency, many bright applicants are, inevitably, disappointed. We therefore strive to build partnerships to ensure that our support stretches as far as possible.

The Trustees of the Noon Foundation

– drawn from government, academe, public life and media, distinguished in their various ways and all connected with and fond of Pakistan– aim to deliver her vision, utilizing these funds she so generously left for this purpose.

We all take enormous pleasure in the success of these Noon Scholars and realizing the hopes of Vicky Noon (as she was called by her friends). A wife to Firoz Khan Noon, one of Pakistan’s most honourable and prominent politicians, and in her later work after his death, she had long realized that education was the lifeblood of any country. She believed that Pakistan’s future depended on the young, whatever its economic or political situation.

Influenced by the integrity and commitment of many of Pakistan’s founding fathers, she quickly realised the importance of giving opportunities to the brightest men and women of Pakistan, who rightly aspire to attend the very best universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge.

We share her vision that these Noon Scholars might then repay the gift by playing a leading role in the future development of the country.

Competition to gain entry to Oxford and Cambridge is, of course, fierce. Pakistanis applying for Noon funding must first apply directly to the universities, and secure admission. If they request Noon funding, their papers are forwarded by the universities to us at the VNEF. We Trustees meet in early summer, each year, to assess candidates according to our criteria, including, significantly, we feel, their commitment to return to Pakistan and contribute to life in their home country.

Dr Paul Flather

We aim to keep in touch with the subsequent progress of these Noon Scholars. We ask all scholars and supporter to please keep in touch with the VNEF via our website, and to help to keep the hopes and ambitions of Vicky and the Noon family alive.

– Dr. Paul Flather, Chairman

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PRIME MINISTER’S COVID-19 PANDEMIC RELIEF FUND-2020 High Commission’s Exclusive Account with United Bank Limited (UBL) UK

HIGH COMMISSION FOR PAKISTAN LONDON

Dear Community Member, I am reaching out to you at a critical time when the Pandemic Coronavirus has brought the entire world to a virtual standstill inflicting heavy losses on human lives and economy. In view of the ongoing global crisis, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan has set up a COVID-19 PANDEMIC RELIEF FUND-2020 to combat the economic impact of the disease in the country and to provide support for the poor and vulnerable segments of Pakistani society. In my earlier message, 12 days ago, the details of the dedicated account with National Bank of Pakistan were indicated. However, to facilitate Pakistani community in the UK, the High Commission has opened an exclusive account with the United Bank Limited (UBL), London with the approval of the Government of Pakistan. The Pakistani community can directly deposit their contributions in this account, details of which are as follows: Account Title: PRIME MINISTER’S COVID-19 PANDEMIC RELIF FUND-2020 Account No.: 02303801 Sort code: 60-91-70 Name of Bank: United Bank Limited (UBL) UK While Pakistani Community Members are extending support in kind for which the Government and I are indebted, deposits to the above-mentioned Relief Fund would be of significant value and impact on the lives of the families in need. Given the size of our Community in the UK, your generous contributions to the Fund can greatly assist the Government of Pakistan in its undertaking to effectively combat the pandemic and provide relief to the economically less privileged population of the country.

For details of the account established by the Government of Pakistan, please visit: https://www.nbp.com.pk/COVIDFUND/index.aspx I wish you and your family best of health and safety! Date: 13 April 2020

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Plaque in remembrance of lady Noon

We are pleased to be reminded of this wonderful plaque dedicated to our founder, Lady ‘Vicky’ Noon, put up some years ago at the Arts Council of Pakistan, in Karachi, in recognition of her many contributions to the development of arts in the country.

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Pakistan – the Oxbridge Connections: A talk by Professor Haroon Ahmed

What is it about the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and their constituent colleges that have nurtured so many men and women who have gone on to make such immeasurable contributions to Pakistan? 

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