Students Update: Gbianz Sweep at Intel Science Fair 2011

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Students Update                                                                                                    26 Dec 2011

Students of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gilgit Excelled

|Shah Kamal Wins Three Awards|

Inter-provincial Science Fair 2011, Islamabad

 A science fair recently held  under the supervision of ministry of education Pakistan and Intel Education  in Islamabad where some groups from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Gilgit, Gilgit Baltistan competed. There were 5 categories i.e Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and Maths in which students from different schools participated. It was a Provisional level Science Fair, in which AKHSS, Gilgit outclassed all other schools earning most of awards in all categories.

Details are as following:

In chemistry

Shah Akmal:

Hailing fron Yaseen Ghizar, of class 12th Pre-engineering; has received three awards:

  • Best of category
  • Participation 
  • Grand prize 

In Physics category

Three students received participation and best of category awards.

  • Mohsin Aziz Singarian, Ghakuch (Ghizar),
  • Akhter Hussain Sherliat Nagar (Hunza-Nagar)
  • Salam Ahmed Wafee,  Hunza (Hunza-nagar)

Additionaly, Zaheer and Pervaiz have received awards in category of chemistry  Самая подробная информация חוות דעת тут.

Over all, its a great  achievement because most of the projects and categories have been won by Akhss, Gilgit among all provincial schools. Its  brilliant to see extraordinary performance  by Gbians, it shows that GB has a great talent in field of research, invention and innovation.

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Mohsin Aziz
AKHSS, Gilgit

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Inspiration | A KGSP Scholar From GB

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A Korean Govt Scholarship Program  Scholar 2009
|Fayyaz Alam |

He is

-A Graduate of Cadet College Skardu

-A Graduate of GC Lahore

-Obtained  91% Marks In Matriculation

-Obtained 87.5% Marks In Intermediate

His Message To Up-comers:

” work hardwork and show the world that we can beat the best”

He is a scholar of fully funded scholarship program by South Korean Government. Pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering from Myongji University, South Korea. He belongs to village JafarAbad, Nagar-II Hunza-Nagar District. Before, leaving country, he studied three quarters at Lahore University of Management Sciences as NOP Scholar for year 2008.

Message About His Scholarship Program:

“we are already  four KGSP Scholars  from GB out of six from Pakistan in undergrads level. Our message for all students is to apply and  avail this scholarship opportunity and share this information to all students back there in GB”

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Inspiration | An Addition to PhD Scholars of Gilgit-Baltistan

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An Addition to Phd Scholars of GB
|Dr. Aman Karim |

According to a notification issued by the Karachi University, Dr. Aman Karim, a resident of Shimhsal Valley, Gojal – Hunza, has been awarded the degree of Ph.D in Chemistry. He is one of the 18 people who got the distinctions in different fields of arts and sciences.

Dr. Aman is the first person from the remote and disaster hit Gojal Valley to win this honour.

Dr. Aman  completed his doctorate research studying partly at the HEJ Research Institute for Chemistry, Karachi, and partly at the Oxford University

Dr. Aman , as part of the HEC spilt PhD scholarshp program. The Oxford University has published the research findings of Dr. Aman, related to “Natural Product Chemistry and Material Sciences”. Dr. Aman’s complete thesis work will be available at the HEC website within a few days.

Aman started his education from the Federal Government Boys Middle School Shimshal, from where he moved to F.G Boys High School Gulmit and further to the Government Degree College Gilgit, where he completed F.Sc, in pre-medical..

Karim’s journey of learning continued at the prestigious Government College Lahore and later at the Islamaabad based Quaid-e-Azam University, where he got the degree of M.Sc in Chemistry. He later went to the Husein Ebrahim Jamal (HEJ) Research Institute of Chemistry to complete a degree of M.Phil leading to PhD.

Dr. Aman,  dedicated his academic achievements to his parents, family, teachers, community members, friends and all well-wishers.

Source: PT

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Students Update | Farman, Adil & Maqbool Qualified CSS Written Test 2011

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|Farhanullah, Adil & Maqbool|

Qualified CSS Written Test 2011

“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” ~ Napoleon

Farman Ullah Khan of Jaglote Gilgit, along with his two other friends namely Adil from Astore and Maqbool from Skardu qualified the written test of Central Superior Services (CSS -2011) under Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), Islamabad.

FPSC, Islamabad announced the CSS – 2011 results recently after nine months of conducting the examination. According to the official notification released by FPSC, only 9.7% of the appeared candidates could qualify this test i.e 13071 candidates applied for it, 9063 of the applied ones appeared and 882 candidates including 212 female candidates could qualify the written test. The said authority has notified the selected candidates to stay tuned for the upcoming medical, psychological tests and viva voce. Every year FPSC used to declare the said results by September of the year but this time the big number of candidates delayed the expected schedule.

Meanwhile, The Educure could reach a few of the appeared candidates from Gilgit-Baltistan in the said competitive examination and figured out three of the qualified candidates. Those who couldn’t make into it this time were pretty much determined to qualify next time and they also demanded the separation of Gilgit-Baltistan’s quota from FATA as both the areas differ in order to the availablity of resources and accessibilty of information.

Farman Ullah Khan spared his time to talk to The Educure and thanked OEC for timely congratulating and appreciating his efforts. ” I had a very good experience of attempting the papers of competitive exams as I was opinionated to qualify it and was determined to put all my efforts for a good preparation” , Farman said when he was inquired about his experience of the test. He said that the candidates must wisely decide in selecting their optional subjects as that has a greater role in good attempt.

Farman told us that he had qualified the written and Viva voce in CSS – 2009 as well but he couldn’t get selected due to his comapartively low aggregate marks but this year he is determined to join the civil services. When asked what would he suggest the other youngesters of Gilgit-Baltistan who want to be part of bureaucracy, he said that interested students of Gilgit-Baltistan should take the competitive exams as they have got much talent. ” I often wonder why our fellow students consider it a difficult examination and not dare to appear in it, though, it’s seemingly difficult but their perservence and smart hard work can benefit them”, he said.

Farman Ullah Khan is a graduate of Karakuram International University (KIU) Gilgit, who studied business administration there and thereafter appeared in the competitive examination by selecting his optional subjects as Arabic Literature, Psychology and Islamic Studies. He is no doubt , a good example for the hard working students of Gilgit-Baltistan. It’s to be mentioned here that CSS is the most competitive examination of Pakistan through which officers working at high positions in government get appointed . Every year this competitive examination is conducted in February or March of the year under FPSC and a huge number of brilliant students appear in it.

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Naveed Hussein

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Bimonthly Think-In: Anila Shafa First Female LUMS NOP Scholar of GB

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Bimonthly Think In                                                                                     15 -30 Dec 2011

 An Exclusive Interview with
First female LUMS NOP Scholar from GB

|Anila Shafa| 

Part One

Educure: Tell us about your background.


I was brought up and educated in Hunza, I have ended up in LUMS to pursue a degree in Economics. I did my primary schooling from Hunza Model High School Aliabad. Followed by admission at AKHSS, Hunza to explore myself at secondary and higher secondary level. I achieved my higher secondary school certificate for pre-engineering in 2009. In the last quarter of the same year I joined LUMS for my undergraduate study program.

Why this university?

I have always believed in exploring new areas and places of study. LUMS is one of such places which not only must be discovered rather it will assist me discover myself.

Moreover, this university was considered to be the ONLY one, which none of the GB female students could get into. This dilemma coaxed me to make it to it so that one day I would confidently say that nothing can be left unconquered, once one’s will is strong enough to vanquish every standards of difficulty. Also, I wanted to be an example for all those students who lost belief in themselves and their competent abilities. But, now am quite sure that more students especially females of GB are struggling their ways to be here someday.
Akhss Hunza

Why Economics?

Preferring economics as my major was because, recently the changing world economic order has given a timely impetus to specialize in it. The unpredictable recession in the economies of developed countries worldwide has plunged my interest deeper into the vast waters of economics. I would like to contribute to the struggling societies through the implementation of innovative policies which will address the core issues that under-developed nations face today.

Ideal job/Dream job.

A job which involves the betterment of the deprived, my community and my nation has been always a dream. Considering this, my ideal job would be any development sector in Pakistan or abroad.


I have got bits of inspiration from many people whom I have encountered so far. This has lead to development of my inspiration from narrow horizons to broader ones at many points in time. And I consider myself on that path of growth which will never end as long as I am at a stage of learning every now and then.

However, I must mention those five GB, LUMS’ students who came to my college to give the career counseling session focusing their university and its details. Since that day, I had dreamed of being in their position and delivering my speech to juniors one day. And through my writing today, I am fulfilling that silent longing.

Mentioning a few more people, who inspired me were all those successful students who made GB proud and their parents in particular. Also, my instructors in school, college, and university have contributed building me, by giving me inspiration in their own simple ways.

Define success? How successful do you’ve been so far?

For me, success is finding oneself at the right time for the right reasons of self obligation, leadership and service. I am trying hard and giving my best to be able to achieve it one day. For now, I think I am heading in the right direction.

To be continued…

Coming in Part two: The toughest time of  education, motivation, role of finance, choice of studying abroad or local, challenges and message for upcoming students, and also a message for parents about female education and life at LUMS.

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|OEC| Discover GB: Photos By Former IGP Sarmad Saeed


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|OEC | Discover GB                                                                                                15 Dec 2011

Photo Credits:
|Mr Sarmad Saeed Khan|
Former Inspector General of Police,Gilgit-Baltistan



Its a collection of photos of different valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan taken during his presence as IGP in the region.

It presents a pictoral coverage of  magnificent and marvellous natural beauty of Gilgit-baltistan. 

Share it, and help to promote the region locally as well internationally.
To be Continued…….

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Khursheed Ahmed Jan | A Youth Leader


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|Khursheed Ahmed Jan|
a youth leader

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Khurshid Ahmed Jan:

-An emerging youth leader.

 -A banker by profession.

-Represented Pakistan at One Young World Conference, held in Switzerland.

-Serving as a youth ambassador of the OYW for Pakistan.

-Hails from Punial Tehsil of Ghizar District

-A student of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gilgit

-A graduate of Punjab University

He says

“The objectives of social, cultural and economic development can not be realized by neglecting the youth of Gilgit – Baltistan”

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Jamsheed Dukhi | Jalib of Gilgit-Baltistan

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|Jamsheed Dukhi|
Tell me about your in-laws, mother!
so that I may know whose daughter-in-law you are.

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Not for nothing he is known as Habib Jalib of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). His protest poetry in Shina language is a lament against the political alienation and cultural isolation of his mountain homeland from mainstream Pakistan; and it is no mere stylicism that he takes the pen name of Dukhi (despondent and sorrowful) for his poetry reflects the many ills like sectarianism and ethnic prejudices which undermine life in present day Gilgit-Baltistan.

Jamshed Khan Dukhi, 56, is an obscure government servant but a well-known Shina language poet. His verses are quoted by politicians and commoners alike. His voice has reached beyond the borders in Indian Kashmir where his poetry has many admirers. His poem “My Motherland” has found resonance across the border where political speeches are often laced with its verses. But cultural isolation and apathy towards minority languages has forced him to write poetry in Urdu also.

“Pata susral ka do to khabar lain, Meri maa too bata kis ki bahoo hay.”(Tell me about your in-laws, mother, so that I may know whose daughter-in-law you are) is his caustic reference to the pathetic neglect of Gilgit-Baltistan by Pakistan that the mountain region ‘wedded’ on the eve of independence.

“I regret the political estrangement of my region from mainstream politics and my poetry is simply an expression of my feelings,” said Dukhi in an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune. “I have had to write poetry in Urdu to reach out to the politicians and rulers in the mainland who do not understand Shina.

Dukhi who is the author of the portion on Gilgit-Baltistan in the Pakistani Cultural Encyclopedia published by Lok Virsa in 2005, has also translated a volume of Allama Iqbal’s works in Shina which has earned him great respect among the poets and writers of  G-B. He has written with feeling against sectarianism, particularly those who fan hatred between Shias and Sunnis.

Professor Usman Ali, a renowned literary person of the area, describes him as “a man of open mind born in a narrow valley.” Sherbaz Barcha, another well-known historian, acknowledges Dukhi’s efforts in restoration of peace in ‘bleeding Gilgit’, while contemporary poets say his work has brought respect and recognition to the Shina language.

Dukhi has suggested the addition of more vowels in Shina’s alphabet to enrich the language. “It is necessary to include some words from Arabic and English in Shina if we want to expand the language,” he proposes. But this change is yet to come due to opposition from the purists.

Dukhi is also disappointed with the role of state-run media, especially Pakistan Television (PTV), in failing to project regional cultures. “PTV should allocate sufficient time and broadcast dedicated programmes to highlight regional cultures, as culture is the only tool to reach out to people nationally as well as internationally.”

He, however, praised the G-B chief minister, who recently donated Rs1.2 million to the Gilgit Arts Council, a body formed by local writers and poets in the late 80s. He suggests opening of a branch of the Pakistan Academy of Letters in G-B to promote the region’s culture.

By Shabir Mir
Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2011.

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11 Dec 2011 | Happy International Mountain’s Day

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11 December 2011

|Happy International Mountain Day|


International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain Day”. This year’s International Mountain Day theme will focus on Mountains and Forests. It aims to raise awareness about the relevance of mountain forests and the role they play within a Green Economy as well as in climate change adaptation measures.

Healthy mountain forests are crucial to the ecological health of the world. They protect watersheds that supply freshwater to more than half the world’s people. They also are the home of untold wildlife, provide food and fodder for mountain people and are important sources of timber and non-wood products. Yet in many parts of the world mountain forests are under threat as never before and deforestation in tropical mountain forests continues at an astounding rate. Protecting these forests and making sure they are carefully managed is an important step towards sustainable mountain development.

Source: United Nations Food & Agriculture Office

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Natasha Sultan | First Lady Commercial Pilot of Gilgit Baltistan

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|Captain Natasha Sultan|

Daughter of Gilgit Baltistan, first female pilot

Captain Natasha

Belongs to Hunza, currently her family resides in Ghizer and she is the First Female Commercial Pilot of Gilgit Baltistan

Captain Natasha Sultan is currently instructor at AYLA Aviation Academy Jordan, She is originally from Hassan Abad, Hunza-Nagar, currently her family is living in Gahkuch, Ghizer. She was born in Ghizer and trained at a flying School in Lahore, she  explains the experience at Ayla Pricless as“It is a fantastic place with everbody committed to learning and doing it properly.” She admitted that there had been some cultural issues with some students having reservations about taking instruction from a woman,but these were quickly resolved.

Ayla had been committed to the first ever conference on the role of women in aviation in the middle East. Students are helped with accommodation at the ground school with modern classrroms with the latest teaching aids.

Natasha Sultan wished to join PIA in the future but her biggest dream is to fly His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan’s private jet. She is a fully qualified pilot exemplifying as first female commercial pilot from the Gilgit-Baltistan and deserves it the most .

Natasha showed that abilities can take a person to greater heights regardless of any gender.

Long long way to go Natasha… You deserve more and more… Keep on adding feathers to our caps…




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