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The debate about whether to study in co-education or not is a question many students face in Pakistan. I wonder why is it such a big question anyway. This topic is talked about many times at colleges for debate competitions. I find it quite irritating (as there are so many other interesting topics for debates). I mean I never considered this issue when I was thinking about which university to join. The students here may have their reasons.  But personally I don’t really see this a  ‘big’ issue to consider when opting for a university. This debate has been going on for quite a while now.

 Every now and then when I come across someone going to join a uni. they have this ‘decision’ to make among many others. All I think students should look for is good quality education. And they can have fun in either of the systems. 

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Najma Aijaz, 28th March 2012

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As said in my earlier posts, I have lived in U.A.E. for many years, which means I had the privilege to meet people from various different nationalities.
Once I was with my friends at the Dubai Creek Park when we came across an elderly couple from U.K. They were tourists and since it was winter at that time they were loving the weather (because the winter in U.A.E. is like the summer in U.K.). We talked about places in U.A.E. and some known places in U.K. which me and my friends knew from the stories we read at school (At that time I hadn’t been to U.K.).
Then our conversation went to the differences in our lifestyles. They said their son and daughter in law live in a house with one son, whose very cute. But it’s not like it is in most Asian countries where after retirement, parents stay with their kids. They said it’s very unlikely that their daughter in law would tolerate them for more than a week. And they said, most of their time is spent in travelling. Their next stop being Thailand. They complained about the teenage girls being pregnant in U.K. and overall the lifestyle of the youngsters over there. Me and my friends were a little shocked as we thought that the Europeon people prefered this way of living. They prefered to stay on thier own, being independent all their life.


Anyways, when I went to Dubai Pharmacy College after some years. There were teachers from Pakistan, India, U.K., France etc. We were sitting in the college’s cafe and again a similar debate started.

But this time the teacher from U.K. got emotional, stood up and said: ‘I bet none of you people staying away from your parents call them everyday. Well, let me tell you, I call my mom every single day’. Plus, the Indian teacher told us about how even in our countries we see numerous cases where the people literally tell their parents to get out of the house. Even here in Pakistan every once in a while there’s a case being shown on telly where they show parents living in Edhi (an organisation).

So, I don’t really think we should pinpoint people from specific nation and say that they don’t love their parents as much! The kids that do love their parents will show care towards them in their own way and those who don’t, won’t, no matter from where they are.

Najma Aijaz,  22/03/2012

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During the time when I was studying for CAT (Certified Accounting Technician) I came across one sir’s style of teaching which kind of impressed me.  The reason why I observe all my teachers’ style of teaching is because I personally enjoy teaching.

Sir Shahid taught us Management Accountancy and I wasn’t surprised when 90% of the students passed at his subject while at the other classes, the ratio was 70%.

And I am not exaggerating.

Firstly, he gave us a test after every chapter. (Not a big deal, I know.. read on.)

Sir Shahid divided the class into equal numbers and so two groups were hence formed. The test used to be 10 marks each and whoever got below 7 had to attempt a retest the following week together with the test of that week.  This was the first way he urged students to pass the test in the first attempt to avoid the burden of two tests. And this worked with the lazy students: 

Secondly, the group which had the most number of failed students (below 7) in a month had to give another group a party. So there was a tea party every month. And per person it didn’t cost a lot.  Everyone tried not to get below 7 and even urged the procrastinators of the group to get above 7. Gradually, the number of students with below 7 marks, became really very less. And somehow the students who may have failed other subjects, passed Mr. Shahid’s subject of Management Accountancy. 🙂

I miss the ambiance, the enthusiasm he generated in his class. He actually made his subject a lot more interesting than it would have been without him. 

Najma Aijaz, 21st March 2012

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The main reason why I always wanted to leave Pakistan was that I didn’t like the way daily life moved. In Fact, I was trying to find excuses to speak bad things. I was a famous unpatriotic person among my friends. I used to get annoyed by the honking bikes and polluted traffic.

I remember clearly that I never thought for a single moment to improve things, at least to keep a positive attitude and optimistic approach towards things. All I did was I ran away. 

Today I realize that the efforts that I put and the money that I spent in order to get aboard and leave the country; If I could just spend a half of it over making something better, I would have been something. At least I would have been able to visualize the future, which I can’t see it here in Kuala Lumpur.

It’s been 64 years since Pakistan got freedom. Wait a minute: What is Freedom? I don’t know. They never taught me in school. All I remember from school is that Pakistan was freed by Jinnah on 14th August 1947 from The Great Britain via dialogues.

So what is freedom? When Pakistan was a part of India, still things would’ve been the same. People with families trying to find work to feed them. Parents would be thinking about their children’s future and education.

Ambitious people would have been running after money, sex and fame. People would hardy get the justice out of the government offices unless they have certain sources. Scared of political and racist activities with in the towns. The Mothers would send their children to the schools like they send young men for war, hoping for their safe return. So where are we now? What we have lost and achieved in the 64 years? Freedom?

Dictionary defines Freedom as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. These words seem quite simple but holds massive power and importance. It is human psychology that we always realize the importance of something once we lose it.

Every family has a black sheep you would never realize the importance of something if you haven’t seen the opposite. I have not experienced but seen, the captivity and hence I realize the importance of Freedom. It really brings hell of feelings in my mind when A police officer on a road block stops me and asks me” What are you doing in my country”? Or when a proud citizen yells out that” This is My country and I would do what I want”.

This is when I realized how free we used to be; the freedom of making choices. See your friends whenever you want to, stay late night out and no one would ask a question. No police officer will question about your appearance in that country, for, that is your home, the paradise within. The country is our body, and if any part of our body is aching, we don’t cut it, we work on it, try to improve it and bring it back to music. The fact is, I think, that we are too busy in criticizing our country’s problems that we have lost the notion of thinking it optimistically to make things better. If the system is corrupt, let it me. But corruption doesn’t work officially. You are citizen, you have the rights. You should know the rights and you should use them.

I’m the active user of Facebook and I have seen many people/pages that post mainly the pictures which exposes the bad side of the country. And I feel sad and sorry. Why don’t they post the good things to show the worlds how good we are or how good we want to be. Yesterday tells us that the nation it used to be, but today and tomorrow, this is what matters. We can make it happen. The tomorrow might be ours. Miracles do happen and we have ability to make one happen.

The security concerns might be an issue but when your emotional self is satisfied and like hell we care about anything else. Besides that you are close to your family and your traditions and cultures. You are surrounded by the people who look alike you and you have the liberty of expressing your emotions in your own language.

So now this comes with the technology and modern things. So tell me, Should I not love Pakistan because it doesn’t have metro train systems, huge shopping malls and branded coffee shops? That’s not enough reason not to love your nation. Let’s, for instance, look at education. I am enrolled in one of the leading industries of this country, Hotel Management.

I don’t say I’m super talented and hard-working student but I don’t find any competition. Most of the times I tell my teachers what to do. I rather felt sad when I was the only student in my first semester to pass my exams out ta 23 students. I wish badly that I could have invested my money in any of the leading Alma mater of Pakistan, such as CBM or SZABIST. I could have some competition and luxury of being taught by the quality and highly qualified teachers rather than high school graduates. 

Most of the people say Pakistan doesn’t have the opportunities but that is not true. Where there is will there is a way. I would put it like this. If you have courage of doing things you do, no mater what circumstances be, or you become coward, and run away. After completion of my studies I wish to comeback and work in my own country and something tells me I’m going to do it hell lot more better that anywhere else in this world. 

First important tier of Islam is Touheed; which means “I believe in ALLAH the Exalted, in His Angels, His Scriptures, His Prophets, the Day of Judgement, and in the fact that every thing good or bad (in the world) is pre-destined by ALL resurrection after death.” Every Muslim in the world believes so. So the primary belief of Islam is not only to believe what you see but believe what you don’t see; Allah. This belief differentiates from other religions of the world. So the point is, Why don’t we keep such belief for our future; That, Allah has set up the destiny and you would never know what’s coming on your way. The question arises here in my mind that does Allah pre-destined the life and future of communities, cities, states and countries. The only answer that comes to my mind is that all those worldly things are run my man and faith ans self belief is what is going to take them to the finish point.

Awais Rehman,  A Hotelier

in Kuala Lampur

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