Where does Pakistan stand in the education sector?

Education is one of the most important prerequisites for success. Before any country can even hope to truly prosper, it is essential for its citizens to be literate, skilled and able; and not just academically but culturally, socially and politically. The literacy rate and educational attainment ratio in a country is what ultimately decides whether it remains a periphery state or rises to the ranks of the developed block. Unfortunately

Al Khwarizmi – The Father of Algebra

It was one of the golden periods of Islamic history when the Islamic empire stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to India, under the rule of the Abbasids.  Baghdad was the world’s center of learning during this era. The House of Wisdom in Baghdad was the stage where a famous Muslim scholar was engaged in translating all the known Greek scientific works of the time into Arabic.  He was to become

The Brave Students of a Failing Country

Do you know of any third-world country that despite unending political, religious, economical and social crisis, keeps on setting world records in almost every field? No? Well I know of one–Pakistan. With great pride, I announce that Pakistan is the only country that in the last decade has achieved the highest number of world records academically. Let’s start with Ali Moeen Nawazish, who set a world record by scoring 21

Pakistani Students’ Achievements 2012

This year has been great for Pakistan as far as International Competitions and science projects are concerned as a number of students from across the country bring home the accolades in fields ranging from debates and film-making to math Olympiads and scientific research. Here’s a quick list of the events: International Science Olympiad The team from Pakistan brought home silver, four bronze medals and two honorable mentions after competing with

Read Me a Story Baba!

“Baba kahani sunao’!  This request (a demand rather) leads to one of the most fun activities I do with my kids.  Their eyes open wide with wonder and fingers excitedly run over the illustrations as they make comments about characters in the story.  Just awesome! Unfortunately, I don’t see this tradition being practiced in most Pakistani homes any longer.  Parents are too busy to read to their kids and children

10 Great Books on Pakistan’s History

This is not a list of ‘top 10’ or ‘must read’ books about Pakistan in the traditional sense.  Rather, it’s a collection of titles that present a wide range of perspectives about a country that has a complex past and, to put it mildly, a confusing present.  It covers topics that include everything from the history behind the creation of Pakistan, to the man who led the movement, to a

Karachi – Where Living is Learning

One of my favorite “Learning moment” memories: my seven year old comes running indoors to tell me how he just saw a grazing goat suddenly have something fall from within it, then a shepherd lifted the “thing” up cleaned it up and as it shivered in his arms my little boy suddenly realized; the goat had just given birth! Right there on the street! She then ate a little more

Few Simple Points to Keep in Mind for Excellence While Studying at College

College days are that time of life which nobody wants to miss out on. Everyone wishes to make the most out of them in terms of learning, fun and overall experience with friends, teachers and others around. College days are to be spent in most useful manner possible as this time never returns again. Here are few points that a student should keep in mind while trying your best to

Beyond Doctors and Engineers: Pakistani Youth Needs to Decide

Somebody from outside Pakistan, and especially those belonging to the fortunate strata of the world, might find it odd that the decisions for youngsters in this country are made by the elders of the family. This does not translate into the minor decisions alone; it’s just not the clothes they wear or the life style they adopt, it goes beyond the small things to major decisions like what to do

Cheating In Exams: Is It Really Worth It?

Cheating – a simple word used in so many contexts. Yet, we most commonly associate it with tests; maybe because that’s a kind of cheating we all are familiar with. And perhaps that’s where other forms stem from: a tiny fist closed around a crib sheet later clutching a wad of cold hard cash. Habits are formed young, after all. We all have had a brief flirtation with cheating at