OEC Student’s Update:Cadet College Skardu Rocks At LUMS NOP Test

Cadet College Skardu rocks at the National Outreach Program (NOP)  scholarship preliminary test. Around, 15 cadets have made to NOP coaching session among 237 students  selected from all over Pakistan. It is important to mention that National Outreach Program is the most prestigious academic scholarship awarded by Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to brilliant and hardworking students with genuine financial need. It is a great honor for Cadet College Skardu and whole region of Gilgit-Baltistan. Day by day and bit by bit, we are creating an identity for our region as being merictocratic, honest,hardworking, loyal and resilient community.

These are students who have been selected for NOP coaching session by LUMS.
1.Asad Ali 2. Khursheed Ali 3. Muhammad Ali 4.Ali Singay 5.Azhar Shigri 6.Muhammad Baqir 7.Muhammad Israr 8.Muhammad Jamil 9.Jibran Khan 10.M. Kazim 11.M. Nazir 12.Nasir Abbas 13.Nisar Ali 14.Sakhawat Ali Khan 15.Zaheer Abbass

We convey our best wishes and prayers for these students and hope that they will perform to best of their capacity and will get through admission test too.


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An Anecdote:”Living on the edge:Life in a border village of Kharmang” by Zameer Abbas, AC Kharmang, Baltistan

I have come to a very remote part of Kharmang valley, my current place of posting. The village, Biralgo, is at a distance of about 150 Km from Tolti, the headquarters of Kharmang sub division. As is the practice all over, the “army” name of the village is “Musa camp”. From any point in the village one could see the snow-capped peak which marks the Pakistan boundary with India. Stories are myriad about how the army vacated many villages, including this one, as the 1999 Kargil conflict with India was soldiered on by Pak army and “volunteers”. Twelve years on, many villages are still waiting for some sort of restitution of their land and houses taken over by the army. The killing of one and capturing of another Indian Airforce pilot during the Kargil battle is fresh in every one’s memory. With perceptible pain, the death of a man and woman due to artillery shelling was described by many. Many were injured during the low-intensity conflict; one of them showed the wounds in the right arm and chest.

Those who had served in Kharmang told me before I joined there that as long as the situation along the LOC remains peaceful (that essentially means no lobbing of artillery shells across the border ). So far I seem to have a good time. Army camps dotted along the road and in the villages are part of life now.

Army camps, check posts and garrisons punctuate the whole area. As part of good well gestures, the army has launched many projects intended to uplifting the living standards of the impoverished people living in the villages. Schools, hospitals and other Govt facilities have been drastically changed in terms of up-keeping and quality of paraphernalia therein.
Today we have come here to disburse the compensation money of a road scheme in the village. As the staff was preparing pay checks for the villagers’ whose land had been used in the road , I walked up to a nearby army camp to seek permission to visit the mausoleum of a saint located further on a village called Borolmo juxtaposed by an army camp which calls the village “Shama sector “. People had legends attributed to the saint buried in the mausoleum. “He would throw a fistful of dust towards the Indian border and it’d catch fire; while fish would come out of the water on his intention “, told me a soldier from Shikarpur , Sindh in “Musa Camp “ with whom I seemed to have sounded a right chord by dint of my functional Sindhi, his mother tongue. The adjutant, the commanding officer and the ilk were busy in a conference in Olding , the nearby army base. Despite several attempts we couldn’t get through to them which meant we won’t see the mausoleum this time around. I was turned off by this. Though the top Govt official here, I couldn’t move sans army’s permission. These are peaceful times, I said to myself but you can’t breach a “security alert “in a border area!

Back with the villagers, we were served a lunch of mutton. Perhaps Mr Raza , a road worker had slaughtered a goat to honor me and the staff. In between the bank check distribution and my time alone in a room overlooking Kargil road, I switched between writing this blog and reading a PDF version about the controversial philanthropist Greg Mortenson’s“Three cups of tea” whose Central Asia Institute school buildings could be seen along the road. I realized one could do wonderful things, like reading, far from the maddening world of modern communication! This small interaction with the army made me reflect as to what a horrific state the people could be in times of conflict much less the army itself

By now we got the confirmation that due to security alert (an Indian soldier had been shot dead the other day after crossing the limits towards a Pakistani check post. Mr Tariq, the Olding CO, had informed us on an earlier visit). Overall, the villagers’ lived a medieval life: rugged road, next-to-nothing phone communication , the poorest of medical facilities (a teenage boy calling himself “nurse” was all once could see)and wooden cabins people so proudly calling shops. Part of the reason for this dismal state of development is the mass migration of the villagers to Skardu , the main city of Baltistan division, for business and education. In the village ,even the soldier from Sindh had to talk to his family in Shikarpu only once in three days despite the fact that every one thought army’s communication was seamless, due to bloated national budget allocations off course(approx. 16% of our budget goes to them).

Although not that somber, this reminded me of how Mr Mortenson , the mountaineer cum controversial humanitarian worker felt while stranded from his group on the Boltoro glacier near the mighty K2 Mountain. “There can be no other place in the world where man feels himself so alone, so isolated, so completely ignored by Nature, so incapable of entering into communion with her” , he writes in the once-bestseller “Three Cups of Tea”.

Only a dozen landowners were remaining for payment of compensation now. It was time. I thought of capturing a shot or two of the ” Khamosh ” waterfall on return to my place in Tolti , so I did. While making it to Tolti again , I secretly prayed there was no war between India and Pakistan , at least not on this part of the border!


Zameer Abbass,

Assistant Commissioner, Kharmang

(Disclaimer: This is personal opinion of writer, it doesn’t necessarily reflect his or our official view)

“I admonish you to consider the needs of the poorest in the work that you do,”Bill Gates to young scientists of world

LINDAU, Germany—Microsoft founder Bill Gates thrilled a crowd of 566 young researchers from 77 countries gathered here June 26 for opening ceremony of the 61st Meeting of Nobel Laureates, and he wasted no time in telling them what to do.

His advice was borne of his own trajectory from technologist to billionaire to philanthropist. As Microsoft became successful, Gates learned of the challenges faced by those not born in “the same wealthy country that I was,” he said. And that knowledge then helped him figure out what to do with his wealth and how to give it back to people in an effective way. His focus turned to improving the health, agriculture and innovation prospects for the world’s poorest people.

“I admonish you to consider the needs of the poorest in the work that you do,” he told the scientists. “The advances there will be particularly important in coming years and without your attention they will not take place.” Gates made his comments following his induction into the honorary senate of the Foundation of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

During a subsequent roundtable discussion on the topic of global health, Gates outlined more of his positions on the role of scientists in society, and how foundations like his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can help.

“One thing that is unique about foundations is they can afford to take big risks,” he said, adding that it is “incumbent upon them to do so. That is their unique property versus other institutions.”

His foundation aims at backing high-risk science, as well as programs on the ground, such as an effort to make polio the second disease to be eliminated by humankind (the first being smallpox). There are now 3,000 new polio cases annually, he said, down from 300,000 in 1988. A lot of the challenge for the final 1 percent of new cases is figuring out why the vaccine fails in some children and finding ways to work with mothers in places such as northwestern Pakistan to encourage them to bring their children in to see a health care worker.

Vaccines are an effective way to target his foundation dollars, Gates said, due to their ease of delivery, in many parts of the world. Children are already making medical visits for routine inoculations, enabling health care workers to just “add another shot” at a cost of $1 if programs are cleverly conceived.

Drug development works well for addressing the major diseases of wealthy nations, Gates said, but not the urgent health needs in the developing world, Gates said. People in the developing world are at far higher risk for contracting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, as well as tropical diseases that are associated with poverty.

“The true market failure is in diseases of the poorest countries because the voice of those people in the marketplace is silent,” he said. “So that is why you get [a situation where] male pattern baldness gets 10 times the research [attention] that malaria gets.”

Sandra Chishimba of the Malaria Research Trust and Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute called for the education and empowerment of young people so they could “come up with their own research institutes,” rather than only relying on Western countries to come to the aid of the developing world. Chisimba’s research includes finding ways to address malaria in her homeland of Zambia, where she faced her own battles with the disease.

Ada Yonath, a chemistry laureate who also participated in the roundtable, advised the crowd to focus more basic and applied research to help with the problem of antibiotic resistance, which she called “almost the most frightening and biggest problem of modern medicine.”

She urged researchers to take risks and pursue their intellectual passions, even in the face of skepticism and doubt that a problem can be solved—as she did to solve the structure of ribosomes.

Yonath also encouraged scientists not to worry about whether their research immediately bore fruits to address global health. Basic research on how the immune system works, for instance, will always eventually lead scientists to a position where they can help with applied problems.

Gates agreed, saying that many of the research team his foundation funds start with scientists with expertise in say imaging or nanotechnology who had “no idea that their basic thinking could apply to global health problems.”


A piece of instructions to the new admission seeking students!

A piece of Instructions to the new admission seeking students

Dear Students:

I feel, you all will be in quandary situation that where you should take admission and what kind of program and university you should chose? How you will compensate the high expenses starting from the admission fee to the regular semester fee? These are some perplexing questions which really put students into difficulty.

Choice of Field(Career,Department):

1- Firstly, God has decided the best place and field for you.This should be your first and strong belief.

2- Secondly, you know we are living in a society which is a dominant factor in determining the filed of our study. Our parents,our friends and even the common people really influence us both positively and negatively in the matter of our choice. This is the most worrying situation where your parents direct you in one direction and your friends are moving in another direction and you are in the middle thinking about what to do next. Some people blindly follow their friends and chose a field/University which they are not supposed to chose. Be careful here and don’t let others to influence you negatively.

3- Thirdly be confident and trust in yourself. Think what you want to do and what kind of nature and aptitude you have? If you have the desire and will power to do a specific job, then don’t stop, move-forward and approach the university which offers it. Now with such self-motivation and commitment you can prove a common university & field a best place and career for yourself no matter what the world is doing.

4- Fourthly, before applying to a particular university make sure that the university and the field of your choice is recognized by HEC (PEC) etc. These are the things which initially often students don’t know and later on they face troubles.

How to deal Financial Problems:

It is a fact that we are living in a country where standard education demands to much money and we belong to a part of it where most of the people can’t afford their children to get such expensive education. This is something very deterrent and depressing which mitigates the morale of financially weak students. For dynamic and multi-approach students this is not a factor of worrying. Get into a university, search and find out the scholarships and financial add. If your university doesn’t facilitate you in this regard again don’t need to be worried because there are other benevolent and charity organizations which can support you. You may also approach different banks because many of the banks offer interest free loans. You can get a loan from there and can easily continue your education.

Shakir Hussain Shakir

GCU Lahore.

Exclusive Report:Cadet College Skardu Passing out 2011



On 14th of June 2011, passing out parade of 6th entry held at Cadet College Skardu. On this great occasion Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah was the chief guest. The Guest of Honour of this passing out parade was FCNA commander Major General Ikram ul Haq. Chief Sectary Gilgit Baltistan Saifullah Chatta was also present at this sacred program.


Address of Principal Cadet College Skardu

In his address to guests, parents and cadets the principal highlighted the following points:

1.  The main objective of the college is to impart quality education to the students of Gilgit Baltistan.

2.  The college also pays attention to strengthen the unity of nation by imparting education to all students of Pakistan equally.

3.  After the arrival of new brigadier at college as principal all the pending construction projects has been restarted. It includes mosque, cafeteria, computer lab, shopping mall and post office etc.

4.  The college has also started a primary school and construction of multipurpose hall and squash court.

5.  In his address to the outgoing entry he said, “Dear Cadets you are now the part of the society which is outside this college. You have to face lot of challenges and you should standby with all the challenges. Always remember the things which have been taught to you during your stay at this college. I congratulate you, your parents and your teacher at this occasion.


Address of Chief Minister

Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah highlighted the following points:

1.  He thanks the principal Cadet College Skardu to invite him as chief guest of this passing out parade.

2.  He congratulates all those cadets who got prizes due to their brilliant performance in different activities.

3.  He paid his thanks to previous[X] FCNA commander, the present FCNA commander and Field Marshal General Kiyani who helped him a lot assigning an in-service brigadier at the college.

4.  He promised to increase financial support to the college and also allotted new land to the college.

5.  He said to the cadets, “you are the part of our society, life outside this college is a race and you have to win the race even you have to pay great sacrifice for it.”



1. BEST VOLLEY BALL Player of 2010-2011

Cadet Naseer ul Hassan of Nangaparbat House


2. Best Football Player of 2010-2011

Cadet Mudabbir Ali of Nangaparbat House


3. Best Basket Player of 2010-2011

Cadet Bilal afraid of Siachen House


4. Best in academics

Cadet Khaleel Ahmed of Siachen House

5.Best Cadet of the Year

Cadet Waqas Johar of Siachen House

6. Champion House of Year 2010-1011




1.  March in of parade commander, Nishandars and other cadet’s house wise.

2.  Arrival of Chief Minister as Chief Guest.

3.  Arrival of FCNA commander Major Genral Ikramul Haq.

4.  Address of Principal CCS.

5.  Address of Chief Guest.

6.   Flag changing for Champion House.

7.  Prize distribution.

8.  March out of 2nd Year class.

9.  March out of other House.


After the passing out parade ceremony Major General Ikramul Haq inaugurated the multipurpose hall and Squash Court.

Report by
Syed Mehdi Shah
OEC Cordinator, Baltistan
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Point To ponder: “fourth priority remained education sector” in GB Budget for year 2011-12


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Fourth priority remained Education sector with an investment of Rs 295.805 million (9%)which is 4 times higher than the budget allocated to this sector at Federal Level and other provinces. 52 schemes out of 101 education sector schemes which  make more than 50% will be completed by end of  financial year“Govt GB Website