by Thu Hằng
Needy but deserving students awarded scholarships for med school
Six years ago, Dương Anh Vũ finally achieved his dream: to enroll in Phạm Ngọc Thạch Medicine University in HCM City. Vũ and his family had worried that they would not be able to pay the tuition of VNĐ17 million (US$760) a year.
His parents, who are teachers at primary schools, could not afford the fee, and his sister had not found a job after graduating from university.
But then Vu heard about the Nguyễn Văn Hưởng scholarship fund. He cried with happiness when he was chosen as his six years of tuition would now be covered.
Vũ, who recently graduated from the medical school, was one of 120 students who received the scholarships, which have been sponsored by the family of the late Dr. Tạ Trung Quấc over the last nine years, including 90 scholarships for the Nguyễn Văn Hưởng scholarship fund.
“I would have dropped out of school if I had not received the scholarship,” Vũ said, adding that he had put great effort to become a good doctor and help disadvantaged students.
This year, 150 outstanding medical students at Phạm Ngọc Thạch Medicine University and HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy received Nguyễn Văn Hưởng scholarships worth a total of VNĐ860 million (US$38,400).
Police patrol streets on bicycles in HCM City, Ha Noi
For the first time in HCM City, ward-level police officers are riding bicycles to patrol their assigned areas.
About 115 bicycles were given to police in 15 wards in HCM City’s District 5 on March 30, according to Colonel Nguyễn Văn Tiến, head of District 5’s Public Security division.
Police ride bikes that have public security logos of each ward. They can better interact with residents, who now have more trust in public security, Tiến said.
He said that bicycle riding was good for the policemen’s health but also protects the environment and saves costs.
Phạm Quốc Huy, chairman of District 5’s People’s Committee, said the bike-riding practice would enhance affinity between public security forces and local residents.
Other localities, including Hà Nội, Cao Lãnh City of Đồng Tháp Province and Thừa Thiên-Huế Province began the practice a few months ago.
The Hà Nội Police Department has received positive feedback on the police officers’ friendly image.
However, the practice has also faced criticism as some people are worried that police on bicycle patrols would find it more difficult to chase thieves. — VNS