I Have a Dream for GB
The history of Gilgit Baltistan has been turbulent especially in terms of leadership and legal rights. Despite the fact that GB is rich in natural beauty and resources, we have been kept deprived of our basic rights. Let us make a pledge to bring happiness, prosperity and above all peace to the region. It is said that after dusk there is a dawn; and I am sure to say that it should be our dawn. We can only bring a ray of hope for the local people if the talented and educated youth is allowed to enter in politics. Let us define for all of us what politics is? It is not telling lies, it is not deception, it is not corruption; but if done honestly, it is one of the most important duties of serving humanity through visionary leadership and dedicated services.
When it comes to vision, let me bring to lime light what my vision is. I have a dream to bring this society at par with international communities in terms of social services and thriving economy without damaging the values and customs of our culture. We have diverse cultural heritage and that needs to be capitalized on. To begin with, we need to strengthen the only cradle of learning and knowledge in GB i.e. Karakoram International University. We have to make it a place which spreads fragrance of knowledge, fraternity, mutual trust, brotherhood, tolerance, respect for other languages, cultures, communities of interpretation and above all – humanity.
The politicians are not masters rather they are the voices of common people. It is time when the government institutions should come to people and ask about their needs, demands, and aspirations whilst developing long terms plans in a participatory manner. Each government office should be available for any of us- where we can enter and share our problems instead of blasting those offices. We should get help from the government officials instead of beating them and killing them.
I would like to see this society as an egalitarian one which promotes justice and equality. No one’s rights would be snatched by anyone but if someone tries to grab one’s right, he/she will be brought to justice. We need to remember that media is our voice and it can be so strong if we lend it our best support. No one would be allowed to abuse media for personal gains. Neither a media person nor industry will be allowed to play with the rights of those who are unheard. Let us support a fair and transparent media. Let us protect the rights of women and underprivileged people in the best possible way.
I see GB as one of the best destinations for visitors from all over the world and let us make it the safest place on earth. We can do so if we really mean to do. Let us respect the soil and in return we will get much more ahead beyond our imagination and expectations. Let us have dreams for our soil and join hands together to turn those dreams into reality..
By Mr Sultan Ahmad
Assistant Professor, Communications Studies
Karakorum International University(KIU),
An inspiration, an answer, and a solution to all in general, but particularly to the ones for whom high grades and best institutions have been barriers to excel in educational life, for the ones who perceive that excellence is only for A graders and students of best institutes. He has unproven the dogma that only A graders and students of best institutions can excel in life. He has given a roadmap and a guideline for thousands of average and under average students. He has proved that to excel; one has to be consistent, courageous, and confident.
Among elite minds of world:
He started his elementary schooling from Al Azhar Model School and College Gilgit. After completing high school from Public School College, he went for BSc from Govt Gordon College Rawalpindi , after that he completed his masters in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University. Then, he went to University of Glasgow for masters in Development Studies. He completed his masters with distinction securing a “gold medal”. Nowadays, he is a candidate for PhD in Interfield Economics-Politics (specialization Development Economics in Economics and Public Policy in Politics)
And, the greatest achievement in his journey of educational excellence is that despite studying at simple colleges and academically being a normal student, he ended up securing admission as a Phd candidate for three consecutive summer semesters in one of top three universities of world “Harvard University” United States. He is the Fulbright Scholar for his PhD.
A Community Leader:
Thousands in this world shine for themselves but few in thousands stand out for their community, region and country. He is the one who left lucrative jobs in west to serve his people, community and country in a time when everyone either literate or illiterate wants to flee the country. He started a chain of commerce and economics colleges and high schools, foreseeing immense potential in field of commerce and economics in Gilgit-Baltistan. He is serving as Head of Economics Department in the nascent university of Gilgit-baltistan: Karakorum International University (KIU). He aims to make it a center of excellence in the country.
Additionally, he is the one who truly understands the youth, how they feel about their society and how could they contribute towards betterment of their society. Currently, he is leading this youth led initiative “organization for educational change” as the Patron In Chief.
Let me say, the core reason for his excellence despite being a normal student academically; is his strong instincts to innovate, invent, bring in new things and change generally held dogmas. He has worked as research fellow at Mahbub Ul Haq Human Development Center where he has written background papers for Human Development South Asia Report 2009. He has produced original research in which he validated that Pakistani population being rich in income is deprived in many other aspects of wellbeing
So,Who is he?
Mr Saranjam Baig, son of Mr Ghulam M Baig , a veteran of village Haiderabad Hunza valley, Gilgit-Baltistan. A son of an uneducated yet a visionary lady, who successfully, guided him on his journey of educational excellence. He is the one with a vision to create an excellent institute of commerce and economics paralleling the best universities of country.
And, with highly valuable achievements in past his journey of change continues…………………
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In abyss of chaos and demoralization, there comes a ray of hope, an embodiment of courage and resilience which is inbuilt in this nation. He has shown the world that no matter whatsoever circumstances, we are in; we will strike back with our full potential and energy.
Hasan Sadpara , a veteran of Gilgit-Baltistan, the second Pakistani conqueror of Mount Everest, who made it under severe circumstances on top of Mount Everest. It is expression of the great audacity, pliability and confidence our nation has. The only thing as a nation we need is to give a start, then we will see a snowball effect, one by one all of our problems will get eliminated.
A special tribute, salam and heartiest felicitations to the great son of our nation.
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Shamshad Hussain of Pakistan, an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative Program (CCIP), has been named State Alumni Member of the Month. Throughout May, his leadership and promotion of mutual understanding is being recognized on the State Alumni website (https://alumni.state.gov), the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ official site for the more than one million alumni who have participated in a Department-sponsored exchange program.
Shamshad Hussain is a role model for his fellow Pakistani alumni of exchange programs. He is also an instrumental force in promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Pakistan. Hussain lives in the beautiful and remote area of Gilgit-Baltistan. In spite of the region’s struggles with transportation and security issues, he effectively promotes volunteerism, education, and ecotourism. Hussain credits his exchange experience in the United States with broadening his vision and reaffirming his mission to make a positive difference in his society. When describing his U.S. experience to residents of his region, Hussain emphasizes that volunteer work is a “noble and highly recognized job.”
Following his exchange program, Hussain returned to Pakistan to initiate numerous community service projects. He was elected president of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network Gilgit-Baltistan Chapter, and in April 2010 became the coordinator for the local English Access Microscholarship Program. As a result, educational and future professional opportunities have expanded significantly for Gilgit-Baltistan’s underprivileged children.
Shamshad Hussain is the executive director of the Grassroots Association for Community Empowerment (GRACE), a Pakistani nonprofit that mobilizes marginalized communities to help create a more peaceful society. In October 2010, he led 100 alumni of U.S. Government exchange programs in the Gilgit-Baltistan region to organize a local chapter of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network. As president, Hussain also led this committed group to encourage local students to learn about U.S. Government-funded exchange programs. More than 800 female students attended the seminars, the first of their kind in Gilgit-Baltistan. As a direct result, the number of applicants to Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program and the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) from Gilgit-Baltistan significantly increased.
Source: US State Department
Source: Pamir Times
Dr. Gul Noshad is the first physician from Gilgit – Baltistan to get a doctorate degree
Dr. Gul Nowshad, (MBBS,MPH) was a student of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, in Pakistan. She has also worked for the Aga Khan Health Services. Later, she got a scholarship provided by the Aga Khan Foundation for her PhD at the University of Texas.
Dr. Gul Nowshad has proven that given the opportunity, the people of Gilgit – Baltistan can leave their mark in all fields of life. Talking to this scribe, people of Bubur Valley have said that Dr. Gul’s achievement is a proud moment not only for their village, but also for the entire Gilgit – Baltistan.
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology has announced admission for Undergraduate programs in about 15 disciplines in it’s all 7 campuses.
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) started its journey in 1998, and established its first campus at Islamabad in April 1998. In August 2000, in recognition of CIIT’s achievements, the Federal Government granted it the status of a Degree Awarding Institute (DAI) through promulgation of its charter. The CIIT, besides its principal campus at Islamabad, has six other fully functional campuses at Lahore, Abbottabad, Wah, Attock, Sahiwal and Vehari, while few more campuses are in different planning stages. On the advice of the Federal Government, efforts are also under way for opening an overseas campus in the Gulf region.
The CIIT is now slated for up gradation as a university by the name of ‘COMSATS University’ through an Act of the Parliament.
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