Arfa Kareem, youngest Microsoft Certified Professional
Arfa Karim a wonder child of Pakistan
Lahore, Jan 16: "She Came, She Conqueror and She (suddenly) died", that's perhaps the most
appropriate obituary, which comes into mind on the death of Arfa Kareem
Randhawa, who became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
in the world in 2004 at the age of 9 years, and died on 14th January ,
She left a lasting mark on the world before she left for
her heavenly abode. She may be better off with Allah Almighty than with
us all; that's the best possible explanation which comes to one's mind.
There are many common factors between Arfa and Alexander the Great; like
the little girl Alexander of Macedonia was the youngest conqueror of
the world and died in his early thirties after being dubbed and
acknowledged as the conqueror of the known world at that time. However,
Arfa sits on a much higher pedestal in terms of achievements on
comparative grounds. She was the youngest ever MCP, the youngest pilot
as she was certified for flying a plane from a flying club in Dubai at
the age of 10. In August 2005, Arfa Karim received the Fatima Jinnah
Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology. She also received the
Salaam Pakistan Youth Award again in August 2005. Arfa Karim is also
the recipient of the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance and is
till the youngest recipient of that award ever.
In November 2006,
Arfa was invited by Microsoft to be a part of the keynote session in
the Tech-Ed Developers conference held in Barcelona. The theme of the
conference was "Get ahead of the game" and she was the only Pakistani
among over 5,000 participants in that conference.
Arfa Karim also
became the brand ambassador of PTCL EVO service (wireless broadband
Internet service) in Pakistan. She remained in intensive care at
Combined Military Hospital (CMH) after suffering an epileptic seizure
and cardiac arrest a few weeks ago. After battling for life for 26 days,
one of Pakistan's brightest brains left this world for good.
in 1995, Arfa Karim got the honour of World's Youngest Microsoft
Certified Professional when she was only 9 years old in 2004. Bill
Gates, the Chairman of Microsoft, invited Arfa to visit the Microsoft
Headquarters in the USA when she was only 10 years old.
Arfa Kareem, far ahead of Alexander or any other living or dead icon who
could achieve such greater fate in just 16 years of life.
is no words to present to the thunderstruck parents of this amazing
genius but , if it could help at all to decrease the pain of the grieved
parents of Arfa at all, she did for Pakistan in just seven years since
she came on the world scene what all the ambassadors, sports men and
women, intellectuals, artists and statesmen could not do in the last 67
years: She made us all stand tall in the world with this little girl
holding our hand and saying :I am from Pakistan , a great country! The news
"she was great...........too."
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80 FJWU students appear in ITP's quiz competition
Islamabad: Around 80 students from various departments of Fatima Jinnah
Women University (FJWU) took part in a quiz competition arranged by
Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) with the purpose of raising traffic
awareness amongst the students.
In collaboration with Pak Suzuki
Company, ITP is organising a series of colourful events at different
educational institutions to inculcate better traffic sense among
students and encourage them in getting awareness about traffic rules. A
total of 36 candidates will be elected in the first phase by evaluating
their traffic sense through filling a questionnaire. In the next phase, a
practical driving test will be held and successful candidates will be
given a chance to appear in third and final round. app
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Flaws in education budget highlighted
Islamabad: The members of civil society were made
aware of the flaws in the allocation and utilisation of education budget
urging them to be watchful in this regard for its judicious use.
participants would further convince the education officers at district
level to ensure the positive use of the budget and get maximum output
from the funds earmarked for the purpose.
The three-day workshop
ended on Saturday was organised by Pakistan Coalition for Education
(PCE) in collaboration with Institute of Social and Policy Science
During the workshop, renowned economist Dr Salman
Humayun deliberated on the issues regarding policy and budgetmaking
process highlighting the nexus of education data, policy and budget.
Tareen, a trainer, explored multiple aspects of budget by addressing
all tiers and terminologies for its basic understanding.
speakers were of the view that the workshop would help formulate a
'Budget Watch Group' having all budgetary information, education
statistics, information about quarterly releases and analysis on the
basis of prior information which would be helpful for efficient resource
allocation and bring positive change on sustainable basis.
Coordinator Zehra Arshad said that 25 educationists, members of
NGOs and educationists participated in the workshop. Basic concept of
the workshop was to educate the civil society to put a check on the use
of education budget.
She said even the parliamentarians did not
know how budgets were used. Therefore, civil society would also guide
the education departments about the use of budget at district level, she
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AIOU launches e-learning facility
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Nazir A. Sangi has said
that the university would launch e-learning facility through Internet to
conduct workshops across the country.
Talking to APP in an
exclusive interview, he said that students, who hail from remote and
adjacent areas, can attend the workshops through e-learning facility.
said that e-learning project would be completed within one year and
workshops would be conducted in various languages including English,
Urdu and other regional languages including Sindhi.
completion of the project, the workshops would be held in subjects like
MBA, M.Com, Education, Journalism, Information Technology etc, he added.
To a question, Nazir Sangi said that it is big achievement of the
administration of AIOU in launching the new campuses in various parts of
Sindh to promote the learning society.
He said that the
university has established the commission for Umerkot campus and also
provided all the facilities including library, hostels, video conference
and auditorium, adding the workshops in various courses will be held
He said, "The university is planning to set up AIOU
Jamshoro campus at Sindh University. I have talked to the VC Sindh
University and Sindh government and its PC-1 is underway." He said that
AIOU is providing quality education to the 30,0000 students in different
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Planning Commission lauds UET's initiatives
Peshawar: The Planning Commission in a recent meeting lauded the management of the
University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar for the speedy
progress on the development projects.
The meeting discussed the
four projects being executed in the UET at a cost of Rs8.28 billion
funded through the Public Sector Development Programme. The expenditure
incurred on the projects was Rs3.02 billion of the total cost. A sum of
Rs460 million has been allocated for the said projects of which Rs285
million had been utilised, sources privy to the meeting said on Sunday.
The meeting lauded the efforts of Vice-Chancellor Imtiaz
Gilani for making the development projects in the university a success.
The meeting also suggested steps for effective implementation and
timely completion of projects, including the strengthening of existing
earthquake engineering centre, establishment of Jalozai campus,
strengthening of satellite campuses in Mardan, Bannu and Abbottabad and
strengthening and upgrading the Peshawar campus.
Adviser Finance Mohammad Sarwar Khan gave a detailed briefing to the
meeting. Giving an overview of the development from 1980 to 2002, he
said projects worth Rs571 million were undertaken including the
upgrading of existing lab and academic facilities, planning and
designing of new campus, scientific instrumentation centre and
collaborative programmes with different universities.
past eight years after Imtiaz Gilani took over as vice-chancellor of
the university, development worth Rs9.2 billion was made, he said,
adding that several centres and departments were established during this
period, satellite campuses were set up and buildings were upgraded.
said that semester system was introduced in 2004 and linkages were
established with 17 international universities. He said the student
enrolment in the university increased from 1,700 to 4,000, which is more
than double during the last eight years. The enrolment would reach
8,000 on the completion of the ongoing projects, he said. The news
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