Youth choices for higher education | Saidu Medical College protest
Youth 'should keep choices open for higher education'
Islamabad, June 18: Urging the youth to keep their choices open for higher
education, Chancellor Preston University Dr Abdul Basit here Wednesday said
there are ample job opportunities available for fresh graduates in almost every
In an interview, he rejected the impression that
the current political and economic crises have narrowed the choices for youth in
the job market. "There is always an opportunity in every setback," he said
adding that success in the end depends on one's consistence, commitment and
With the growth of any industry, Dr Basit said, there are
openings for finance, human resource management and marketing. "In the coming
years, growth is expected in pharmaceutical industry, telecom, consumer goods
and the health sector," he predicted.
He said after a brief recession in
the information technology (IT) industry, IT is coming back, as its market is
again expanding at both the national and international level, and added that
despite the geopolitical situation, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
still enjoy the largest market in public and private sectors.
for more educational activities in the city, the Preston University chancellor
said events like educational fairs help in dispelling certain myths about the
requirements of job market. "Such activities provide the youth a platform from
where they can get satisfactory answers to all their questions." In addition to
providing useful information about the existing opportunities, he said, the
educational fairs play a very important role in creating awareness about the
importance of higher education. "Such exhibitions are usually attended by the
whole family including the children and thus, a whole generation gets informed,"
he pointed out.
Commenting on the opportunities available for higher
education in the country, he said Pakistan is the fifth largest country in the
world with regard to population, whereas it only has 110 universities for such a
huge population. "In the US alone, the number of universities is more than
65,000," he said adding that with such ratio in our country, only two per cent
youth get the chance to study in a university.
Highlighting the positive
developments in the field of research, Dr Basit said in the past few years, more
investment by the government in higher education has levelled the ground for
quality research. "This investment has also brought benefits for the teaching
profession and now more and more people are opting for teaching and research
than ever before," he said.
Comparing the educational facilities
available in public and private sector institutions, he said the public sector
institutions face no problem of funding and physical resource, while the private
universities take the lead in enjoying more freedom to introduce newer ideas,
collaborate with international institutions and upgrade their curriculum. "In
private sector institutions, decision making is faster as compared to the public
Dr Basit said while searching for a job, there is only one rule
to follow and that is 'never give up.' He urged the job seekers never to get
discouraged with the prevalent crisis in the country, as it is a temporary phase
that calls for collective efforts from all quarters of life. "The country is
going through a very tough phase but at the same time, there is an obvious
resolve among the government and the general public to pull the country out of
it," he added.
Talking about the opportunities being available for
brilliant and deserving students in the private sector, he said all major
private universities offer merit and need based scholarships. "In Preston
University, we offer 100 merit and 200 need based scholarships every semester,"
he said adding that it is up to the students to explore those opportunities and
utilise them appropriately. The News
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SMC students stage protest
Peshawar: The students of Saidu Medical College (SMC) staged
a protest demonstration outside the Press Club to force the concerned
authorities to accept their demands. The students led by Kamran Khan Mohmand,
were holding placards and banners, demanding the government and administration
of University of Peshawar to shift the students of SMC to save their academic
The student leader Kamran Mohmand said their families were forced to
vacate their homes and shifted to the other districts, which he added disrupted
the academic system. He said the concerned authorities should keep the miserable
condition of the students and their families and accommodate them in Khyber
Medical College. Kamran Mohmand said due to the closure of Saidu Medical
College, the students were suffering from mental distress, because there were
only two months left for the annual examinations. F.P report
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Frustration of youth portrayed
Islamabad: The beginning of Dastaan Theatre's play Jane Pehchane Ajnabi
looked striking indeed, as 11 actors including four girls dressed in black filed
on the stage in an attempt to give imagery to Albert Camus's notion that city
dwellers remain strangers to the general tenor of civilized life.
that sense, the young writer and director Zain Ahmad has attempted to make it an
existentialist play accentuating dark doors illuminated only by feeble lights.
Dim lights and focus through strong lights aimed on the faces of characters also
brought an eerie-like atmosphere to the stage.
The opening scenes are
impressive when one sees them facing each other and striking on the faces of
partners, suggesting the outburst and lack of dignity they have faced in a cruel
The idea of the play was to project the frustrated life of the
youth who wanted freedom from the drudgery of jobs, carrying errands for the
house and contributing to the income of the family. Apparently, the different
characters represented in the play, the boys and girls, were not raised well and
lacked inclination or ability to help the household and thus disappoint their
families, and themselves in the process.
All the players including Ali
Rizvi, Aimen Tariq, Farhan Shah, Farhad Kashif, Mohsin Ali, Maria Rubab, Mehreen
Rafi, Fawad Khan, Saqib Khan, Paras Masroor and the director looked raw.
All of them had grouse against their families including mothers, fathers
and sisters who failed to understand their wishes to free themselves from the
constraints of society. Indeed, the symbolism of birds and fowls was predominant
because the boys described themselves as a bird seen by their parents and the
girls complained of their wings being cut down and their station reduced as
At one point, when the boy is allowed to die in the play after
violence at home, the mother, too, leans down on the body of her son, showing no
The story deals with middle class section of urban societies
with a number of children packed in their own homes. In fact, the portrayal of
youth reminded many in the audience of the innumerable campaigns of NGOs,
wanting to reform the society in their particular image.
A critic looked
at the play as one representing the catharsis of the youth when things go wrong
with them and the lack of opportunities which bars their rise to employment and
the bitter tongue lashing received at home with a message that the family plays
a role in child's development and their exclusion can trigger further isolation. Dawn
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