Universities in Pakistan.

August 23, 2007 at 4:19 pm (Academic, debates, hundred, knowledge, mosques, pakistan, Public lectures, scholars, university)

Pakistan has almost a hundred universities now. Not one of them is world class. Truth be told, not even one of them is a real university, if by a university one means a community of scholars engaged in free inquiry and the creation of knowledge.

Take for example the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, reputed to be Pakistan`s best. Academic activities common in good universities around the world are noticeably absent. Seminars and colloquial, where faculty present for peer review the results of their on-going research, are few and far between. Public lectures, debates, or discussions of contemporary scientific, cultural, or political issues are almost non-existent.

The teaching at QAU is no better. Rote learning is common, students are not encouraged to ask questions in class, and courses are rarely completed by the end of the semester. This university has three mosques but no bookstore. It is becoming more like a madressah in other ways too.

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hello kitty

August 6, 2007 at 3:22 pm (abuse, hello kitty, karachi, offensive, pakistan, police, public, shame)

Pakistan, Karachi -Pak police officers who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring “hello kitty,” the Pakistani icon of cute, as a mark of shame, a senior officer said,Police officers caught littering, parking in a prohibited area, or arriving late — among other misdemeanors — will be forced to stay in the division office and wear the armband all day. The officers will wear the armband in public. The striking armband features Hello Kitty sitting atop two hearts. “Simple warnings no longer work. This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor,”.

“(Hello) Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something Pak police officers want covering their biceps,”.

We want to make sure that we do not condone small offenses, adding that getting tough on petty misdemeanors would lead to fewer cases of more serious offenses including abuse of power and mistreatment of the public by police officers.

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