A student of Karakorum International University(KIU) excels at All Pakistan Inter University Debate Competition.

Apart from academic excellence, students of GB have always shown significant performance in Co-Curricular activities. Female students from GB in particular, have been remarkable in debate competitions held at both regional and national level. The 15th All Pakistan Inter University Debate Competition for Allama Iqbal Shield was held by HEC on December 19, 2012 at International Islamic University Islamabad. The topic for the English debate was “only democracy can ensure a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan”. More than 60 students from different universities of Pakistan participated in this competition. Miss Shaheen Akhtar, Miss Shehnaz Gul, Mr. Umar Hayat and Mr. Jamal Saeed represented Karakoram International University ( KIU ), Gilgit. The contestants from GB remained brilliant throughout the competition and Shaheen Akhar was declared as third position holder for the contest. Team OEC highly appreciates the courage and confidence of students for representing GB on national level competition and presents deepest congratulations to Miss Shaheen Akhtar.

Miss Shaheen Akhter Receiving shield for the Third Position in 15 All Pakistan Debate competition.

Miss Shaheen Akhter Receiving shield for the Third Position in 15 All Pakistan Debate competition.

Shaheed Akhtar KIU Gilgit

LUMS Students make their institution to save a million rupees per month

LESCO offers different billing rates to innovatecustomers depending upon  consumption pattern. Lahore Univeristy of Management Science (LUMS) was being charged on smooth billing rate of eight rupees/unit. It had the option to move to a new billing rate of ‘peak and off peak hour’ billing rate.

A group of LUMS students designed a project to analyze the feasibility  of ‘peak and off peak hour’ billing rate option for their Insititution.

The project basically did scenario analysis on both the billing rates by taking actual consumption of electricity from LUMS meter. Its findings suggested that LUMS would save around 1.5 million rupees per month by moving to the new proposed billing rates.

After carefull scrutiny of poject’s projections, the LUMS adminstration  implemented  ‘peak and off peak hour billing rate’ from the month of November and saved 1 million rupees in the month of November. Furthermore, it  will be saving above  “A Million Rupees A Month” from now onwards. On their great contribution to L292185_354235671292272_717745752_nUMS family, LUMS administration officially congratulated the project team.

Mr. Shahzad Ali,  a member of the  project team, who is also a  National Outreach Program (NOP) Scholar at LUMS from Chitral, thanked God for providing him with an opportunity to pay back the very institution, that hunted him out from no-where and gave him an opportunity to learn at the best institution of country. Furthermore, he said, “if provided genuine opportunities, the students of our country can bring innovative ideas to solve  many severe problems faced by our  nation”

Another GBian graduated from UET Taxila

Team OEC conveys deepest felicitation to Mr. Muhammad Yasir for his successful graduation with degree of BE- Civil Engineering from UET Taxila. He is very promising student from the Astore Valley of Gilgit Baltistan. we pray for his successful professional career.

Muhammad Yasir from Astore Gilgit Baltistan

Another OEC Volunteer graduated from UET Taxila

Team OEC presents its warmest greetings to Mr. Sadaqat Ali Shah for successfully attaining a degree in BE-Mechanical Engineering from UET Taxila. He hails from the Yasin Valley of Gilgit Baltistan and has remained topper of his batch at F.Sc level. Sadaqat has given his volunteer services to Organization for Educational Change for about one year. Team OEC prays for fullfilment of his ambitions and efforts be equally successful and rewarding.

Ameen

Sadaqat Ali Shah Volunteer OEC Giglit Baltistan

Media Pluralism and Diversity

Media has enormous capacity to shape values of world; I would call media a global force if used with responsibility. If I am not wrong Pakistan is the only country where News channels are more and have high market share then entertainment channels. Freedom of media is quite young in Pakistan it’s just been a decade that our nation has the choice of watching private Pakistani channels apart from state run television channel PTV. Over the decade it has certainly made itself a fourth pillar of our country. But it has certainly lacked the responsibility in terms of fostering religious tolerance and promoting media pluralism and content diversity. It certainly to some extent fostered democratic values as compared to past. What we are seeing in our media regarding the neighboring countries or countries around the world is very narrow of spectrum of content. For instance we come to know about any missile development in India, China or USA. We hardly to come to know about the cultural heritage, rituals, development in education sectors or any information that could benefit the society in general. If we look at western media it has also shown a very limited window to audience especially regarding the Muslims world.

Western media has certainly added further vacuum to understanding between east and west. Majority of news channels have reported only on the militancy, radical Islamic views of certain groups. Due to which a general perception about the Muslim world is related to “terrorism”, which indeed a real issue but what we are lacking here is the enormous diversity within ummah , cultural , tradition , philosophy and architecture could be used to bridge the gap , to foster the sense of trust and hope between two poles. Focusing on terrorism issues will only create more gape and consequently endanger the global peace. What we need is a “Responsible Leadership” both in East and West. That will look to foster pluralistic content across globe. A leadership that include common cause for the humanity apart from having corporate and commercial interests.

Contributor Pen name is “Rakkin”

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Human life is very fascinating but it is always uncertain. It can amaze you with the surprises it has to offer. My journey to The London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) from a remote and a very beautiful village was such a pleasant surprise. When I started my master’s program at LSE, I was very excited. Studying with a very diverse group of students itself is very conducive. But studying in an international university is not always easy. It is very challenging and overwhelming most of the time, especially when you are coming from a very humble educational background. The course content, language, readings list and writings are not a piece of cake to just swallow easily. Purpose of this paper in no way is an attempt to show a terrifying picture of international studies. This paper is written with an aim to help and guide students from backward areas of Pakistan for a less painful start of educational journey in any country abroad, especially UK. The list of required set of skills, which I observed that we need to be successful are as follows;

1- Improve your writing skills

Well, if you are a poet and you like to write your diary or short stories. Well-done you! But those who don’t, good news for you, It’s never too late! It will be a very valuable input to your education and it is going to be very helpful in your success if you improve your academic writing skills and try to know about it very well. Just to highlight two of the major components, Make sure you know about “Critical Analysis” and “presenting an argument”.

2- Improve listening skills

“I watch English movies; English news channels and I listen to English songs”. If that’s your first reaction, I would like to congratulate you. Keep it up. If you don’t, then remember, it’s never too late. It’s very important to listen to English in different dialects, try to spend one hour watching BBC, Aljazeera or any national English news channel. Pick up your favorite song and try to understand its meaning and highlight words you don’t understand. Find meanings, read papers and work on improving listening abilities, NOW!

3- Develop reading habits

If I may talk about rural areas, I know and I have seen that we don’t have this ‘reading habit’. There are very few students who read a whole book in their semester phase. I am not talking about reading a novel. These reading habits are associated with the academic text books. You need to develop this habit from now on IF you want to study abroad or if you want to be successful and knowledgeable.

4- Learn an international language

Working with UN or World Bank is ultimate dream of some of the students. So is there any way? I met HR managers og UN, World Bank, ILO, ADB, IRC and many others at LSE. Ability to speak at least two international languages is one of their basic requirements. If you want to work for any international organization abroad or in Pakistan, learn an additional language like French, Spanish or Arabic with English. Learning multi-national languages will benefit you to work in these organizations nationally.

5- Undergraduate degrees abroad

If I have a reader from a school or college here, I am more than happy for you. You are at a very crucial stage of your education. You are lying bricks at the moment for your upcoming educational and career building. If it’s a basic unit of your future education and career, Why not think rationally to aim for an undergraduate degree from a foreign country. There are scholarships available and you can avail them. One source that I want to mention is Scholarships for developing countries (http://www.scholars4dev.com/) I wish you all the best!

The writer,Munira Shaheen , is student of MSc in Anthropology and Development at London School of Economics. She is a graduate of Karakoram International University KIU.