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Book Fair at IIU

Three-day book fair is being organized at International Islamic University, H-10 campus. A number of stalls have been set up at the fair where books on history, science, computer and biographies are on display.

Tomorrow is the Last Day, if you are a book lover HURRY

Daily Times also reported today about it with more tint of Tariq Azeem :|

New Semester Starts ….


And it shows :-D

a fashion show as a class project

Lately, a trend is going up in educational institutions around the country of having ‘live projects’ in business studies where students are put into a situation to make the most of their learning. These can be from setting up small businesses to running full scale events. Bahria University, one of the premier universities of the capital (and my alma matter as well) takes this idea to the full. Senior students from MBA are asked to run some sort of project as a ‘class project’ (not even the final project) on which they will be graded. Due to intense competition to get better grades, each student is determined to outdo not only each other, but all of their predecessors over the last couple of years with bigger, better and bolder ideas. One such project was a Fashion Show, once an event which could only be run with university/faculty involvement, captured brilliantly by Humayun Rana as a documentary. Check it out.

Any wonder why students from Bahria are slowly becoming coveted by top organizations around the country?

World Environment Day

Its about time Pakistan realized that the Himalayan mountain ranges that serve as a natural source of fresh water for the entire country are under a severe threat from global Carbon emissions and consequent global warming. Well, fear not as the people at the Environment Ministry and it’s international affiliates do know about the importance of these reserves for a nation which has a major chunk of it’s economy depending upon it’s agricultural produce every year. Without fresh water, there is a huge chance and a threat that we might not be able to meet the demands of our agricultural lands solely through rain water.

Schools & Colleges: Wrong Locations :|

Few days back I read an interesting point of view made in Daily Times

Location of educational institutes in the city is a major cause of traffic congestion during rush hours. Reputed private schools and colleges attended by children of well-off families are situated in middle class sectors while reputed government schools and colleges, attended by middle class children are in posh areas.

Children from sectors I and G go to public education institutions in sectors F-6, F-7, F-8 and F-10, which are counted as more upper-class sectors. The majority of major private institutions are in Sector H, attended also by children from upper-class sectors come. Hence there has been a considerable increase in cross-city traffic.


Fatima Munawar, a BSc student in F-7/2 College, one of the largest girls’ colleges in the city, said only five out of a total of eight college buses were in working order. She estimated that 75 percent of all 5,000 graduate students were from sectors I and G and Rawalpindi. So is the proportion of the students in master’s classes. The college administration has only five buses for the cross-city movement of all these students.

The assigned bus routs run through Sectors I and G, Khayaban and Pindora. Each of the bus runs in three shifts. Not a single bus takes students from sector F as only a few students from this affluent sector do not come on their cars. Misbah Ali, another student, complained that these buses are jam-packed every time and the students had to stand very close to each other.

Though I disagree a bit here, the fleet of buses college’s got may not be in 10’s of number, but through shifts they manage to serve well and its not possible at all not a single bus take students from F sectors … (the reporter added few bits on his/herself i guess) or maybe my times were good (or maybe its the hate-all phenomena the girly is suffering from ;-))

On the contrary, well-off children go to sector H in cars, increasing the flow of traffic along city roads. The city administration decided last year that public and private schools and colleges should have their own buses.

New Media University

A media university proposed to be established in Islamabad would be the first-ever university of international standards in the Muslim world as well as in the South Asian region, so says our information minister.It was also decided that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the HEC would collaborate jointly in launching the media university.

The university would also collaborate with the leading international media universities for short-listing of courses, faculty members and other relevant areas so that the students could be imparted quality education at par with the international standards

Education- Mullah Style!

Education-%20Mullah%20Style.jpgReligious parties in Pakistan’s National Assembly are contesting the teaching of Pakistan’s pre-Islamic history in schools. Members of the six-party Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) staged a token protest walkout Wednesday over the inclusion of chapters about Hinduism, Buddhism and the ancient emperor Chandragupta Maurya in the history textbooks for senior classes after a heated discussion.

Five MMA members had raised the history textbook issue through a call-attention notice, but their claim that the inclusion of chapters they considered objectionable had caused a “grave concern amongst the public” was disputed by education minister Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli and some other ruling coalition members, who accused the religious parties of seeking to keep students ignorant about glorious periods of the sub-continent’s history such as the Indus Valley or Gandhara civilisations

Islamabad’s Brightest Younglings

Islambad%27s%20Brightest.jpgNine Pakistani students were world toppers in different A Level’s subjects under the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Among them was Fahad Mahmood of City School, Islamabad, who scooped two prizes.

Fahad took the honours in Thinking Skills and Physics to emerge as the world topper. He also received an award for topping chemistry in Pakistan. His proud mother collected the awards on his behalf to a thunderous applause from parents and students. Simon Lebus, Cambridge Assessment group chief executive, and Ms Jo Bakowski, the British Council director, gave away certificates and prizes to the High Achievers.

Books are uncool!

I am an avid book reader. But I have rarely talked about books and authors with my friends and other people.
Perhaps this is because of the lack of interest in book reading, in the people of the capital. Most of my friends think that reading books is sort of uncool and is mostly for nerds. Although I think otherwise. I have always found reading, a very enjoyable experience. There is always something good to learn.
In a recently conducted survey by Dawn it was found that the number of people buying books has reduced. Even the bestsellers don’t get any attention.One of the old book shopkeeper said that:

Though most of the titles can be found in mint conditions and at low price but who cares.

I have rarely seen young people at bookshops browsing through books. Although piracy is rampant here and the pirated books cost very less but people still don’t buy any of these except for the course books( which are otherwise very expensive).
This change in reading habits can mainly be attributed to the easy access of new and cheap technology. People would rather spend time on the internet or waste endless hours in a gaming cafe, then reading a book.

It’s Just Another Wash Out

Water%20Issues.jpgWater covers about two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, admittedly. But most is too salty for use. Population is rising, but water supplies are not. Only 2.5% of the world’s water is not salty, and two-thirds of that is locked up in the icecaps and glaciers. Of what is left, about 20% is in remote areas, and much of the rest arrives at the wrong time and place, as monsoons and floods.

Humans have available less than 0.08% of all the Earth’s water. Yet over the next two decades our use is estimated to increase by about 40%. Today, one person in five across the world has no access to safe drinking water, and one in two lacks safe sanitation.

World over, depleting water resources and increasing temperatures have prompted heated debates, pro-active policy approaches demands for rational use of available resources and their conservation. Pakistan is no exception either to the global warming and receding water levels — both over and underground.

But if you wade through pools of water flowing from driveways of palatial houses even in Islamabad’s posh E and F sectors, mostly home to foreign diplomats, top notch of Pakistani bureaucracy and an overbearing NGO community, you hardly get a sense of urgency.

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