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Study abroad presents many multifarious challenges
Karachi, Apr 26: Pursuing study abroad is always a demanding and exciting - It impacts student's career and human relations that he/she develops and expands over time. In today's knowledge base society there is a great trend of students spending some time for their study abroad in order to enhance their knowledge to gain more experience and knowledge.

In recent economic crises, employers are seeking for more challenging, skilled and expert individuals. In the globalization young people's future prospects are enhanced by studying abroad as the working environment is becoming progressively more international and companies require intercultural skills and competence.

Keeping in view these dramatic global changes our national educational system needs a lot of improvement. The existing education delivery system is not meeting the needs and requirements of the new society as such.

Study abroad presents many multifarious challenges, not only when you have to cope with the country existing bureaucracy but also when you have to accommodate new culture, traditions and experience. Of course this is not an easy job, but it is an excellent opportunity for Pakistani students to prove their adaptability and resilience to themselves and to others. Pakistani students are very capable and have a lot of talent. Depending on their educational background, we give them assistance over English language proficiency. We are always proud of our students who are studying in UK, Australia, New Zealand and USA as they are doing really well there. We do help our students who have been granted scholarships free of cost. 80% of our students are going to international institutions on either partial or full scholarships.

HR represents the top ranked universities around the world that offers a range of courses in different disciplines such as management, engineering, science, art and design, health care, hospitality, sports sciences and many more. HR is providing the safe, challenging and life-changing study abroad experiences for students and professionals in Pakistan and abroad. These institutes evaluate the market trends worldwide and offer upgrade courses. And this able students how to confront effectively the existing and upcoming challenges in market

HR Consultants is the most seasoned and reliable name when we talk about student placement in foreign countries. For decades HR has placed thousands of students in a number of foreign countries, namely: UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Switzerland. Through a nation wide network of eight offices across Pakistan, HR is committed to endow students with transparent, exceptional and personalized service at an affordable price. HR enjoys the reputation of being the highly recommended Consultancy firm by top ranking international institutions and foreign missions in Pakistan, such as Australian Trade, The British Council, AEI, and New Zealand Trade etc.

At HR we council Pakistani students the best courses that match their academic background and that can help them to achieve success in their career path. Further more our partner institutes equip students with the up to date knowledge, skills and abilities. Having a strong grip over subject with the foreign education will surely, make one's career not only in Pakistan but also abroad. As after completing degree abroad you can get post study work visa and you can pursue your career abroad and serve your homeland. -By Hamid Rauf, HR International (The news)

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Medical literature in chaste Urdu
Some 15 years ago, I came across an elderly German couple who were on their way to visit the Swat valley. They both were teachers and had taught at Bhawalpur's Sadiq Public School for quite some time. After an introduction and exchange of pleasantries, the gentleman asked me about Pakistani society and Urdu. His first few questions included: "Is ghazal the only genre in Urdu poetry?" "Not at all!" I exclaimed.

We may forgive him since he did not know much about our language and literature. But what to say of those who believe that Urdu literature does not have much to offer beyond poetry, particularly love poetry.

In his book 'Urdu mein sciencey adab' (1969), Khwaja Hameeduddin Shahid wrote that the Salar Jang Library in Hyderabad Deccan had a rare manuscript of a 16th century masnavi (a long poem) named 'Bhog bil' (luxurious living). Written by Shahabuddin Qureshi (1504-1543), a poet from Deccan, the manuscript includes some medical prescriptions as well. These prescriptions were versified and one of them described a remedy for eye infection. Though today's medical experts may dismiss the prescription as unscientific or dangerous, or both, and we may laugh at the sheer idea of writing a medical prescription in verse, we should remember that this is, perhaps, the earliest scientific writing in Urdu and shows that Urdu was quite capable of expressing, even in its early phases, what one had to say about technical and scientific issues.

'Raag Bilawal', the oldest Urdu manuscript on music found so far, was written in 1591. Another manuscript on music 'Mufarreh-ul-quloob' (something that delights the hearts), obtained from Tipu Sultan's library and preserved in India Office Library, was written in 1783. An Urdu manuscript 'Mualajaat-i-Khwaja Bandanawaz' (the remedies of Khwaja Bandanawaz) dates to 1681. And Urdu manuscripts on religious subjects are innumerable and date to even earlier times. What these manuscripts amply prove is that the writers of Urdu were aware centuries ago that no language can truly be called a developed and progressive one unless it has books on a variety of subjects. In later eras, the number of Urdu books on scientific subjects remarkably increased and disciplines such as astrology, algebra, midwifery, surgery, diagnostics, paediatrics, zoology, pharmacology, chemistry and engineering were discussed by writers of the books, many of which were published and many other writings are still lying in the dusty shelves of our libraries and museums in the shape of manuscripts.

Delhi College, Aligarh's Scientific Society, Rurki College of Engineering and Hyderabad Deccan's Usmania University were among the institutions which got Urdu books on scientific disciplines written and published. After independence, many institutions began translating or publishing technical books in Pakistan. Karachi University's Bureau of Compilation and Translation and Muqtadira Qaumi Zaban merit a special mention for rendering thousands of technical and scientific terms into Urdu. One can only regret that despite a large number of books written in Urdu on science and technology in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and incessant efforts by institutions and individuals, the misconception that the Urdu language is suitable only for literary writings persists.

Among the individuals who have worked hard to dispel this notion by writing books in Urdu on medical science is Dr Aslam Syed. A family physician and a heart specialist, he has been writing on health issues for over four decades now. He stands head and shoulder above the rest in the use of the language. What distinguishes him from others is that he rarely uses an English word in his Urdu writings. His lovely, flowing and chaste Urdu makes one realise that Urdu is quite capable of expressing any thought with only rarely falling back on English for technical vocabulary.

Dr Syed has brought hundreds of technical words back to life by using them in his books. He has coined many beautiful Urdu equivalents for medical terminology. Most of his books contain either index (a rarity with Urdu books) or glossary that explains medical terms in Urdu. Some of them are 'hissiyet' (allergy), 'hamla-i-qalb' (heart attack), 'buland fishaar-i-khoon' (high blood pressure), 'afoonat' (infection), 'jarrahi-i-mashaatgi' (cosmetic surgery), 'hawa paash' (aerosol) and 'tosi-i-rag-i-dil' (angioplasty) etc.

His early education that he received at mosques and madressas and, a little later, at Aligarh Muslim University created in him a deep sense of belonging. Later, his training at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, gave him a scientific and modern approach. As is evident from his books, these two apparently contradictory traits are beautifully entwined in his personality. His books, dotted with exquisite Urdu and Persian couplets and peppered with anecdotes, make a good reading, in addition to informing and advising the reader on health issues.

Being a cardiologist, he in his recent books, 'Ehtiyaat', 'Sheeraza-i-dil', 'Tandurusti' and 'Ghiza sab ke liye', gives some really important information on health, especially the heart, and tips on how to make it work longer for you.

Published by Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, these books are a pleasant reminder that Urdu is a perfect medium for expressing your scientific views - as it has always been. Those who believe that Urdu is fit for ghazals alone must read Dr Aslam Syed's books.

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Three days full of fun at GIK Institute
Swabi: The 12th All Pakistan Performing Arts Festival concluded at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology on Sunday, giving audience a rare chance to cheer and enjoy a festival full of fun and frolic.

The entire Agha Hasan Abedi Auditorium of the GIK Institute was jam-packed on the last day of the performing arts festival.

The three-day festival was organised by Cultural, Dramatics and Entertainment Society (CDES) of the GIK Institute. Students from all over the country and members of Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) participated in the festival.

The official media partner for the event was City FM 89 and renowned comedian Sohail Ahmad was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony.

The event brought a lot of entrainment to the fun lovers who enjoyed the most refined acting skills of the students representing different institutes/universities.

However, the outstanding performance was of the GIK comedians, which sent the whole auditorium in a burst of laughter.

The organisers said the event was aimed to encourage the young artists to display their best work and show their talent.

The art lovers appreciated the efforts of CDES for reviving the true essence of drama with quality humorous plays. The participating groups staged their plays relating to cultures of different Pakistani regions and social issues but it were the comedy plays which pleased the audience the most.

The exciting stories of the plays were based on some heart-touching stories of human behaviour, social attitudes and issues faced by families in a community were relevant to the society in terms of entertainment, education and positive aspects of living. The most vital part of the festival was it integrated with the academic activities of the students. "Such events enhance skills and develop personality and greatest achievement was that it helped discover many artists," said CDES coordinator Yasir Afridi. "It also developed a teamwork habit and raised the concentration level of the participants."

The classical dance performed by Adnan Jahangir charmed the audience. With great display he elegantly carried the audience with him through different classical demonstrations. The most attractive plays were: Oh My Proposals, Mental Tunnels, Level 99, Nritya and Abhinaya, Tuta Hua Tara (Mime), Fifteen Minutes Hamlet By Tom Stoppard, Faulty Towers, Hadbandi, Sufism: The Sources of Peace and Pass Ker Ya Bardhast Ker.

The story of Hadbandi was an epic tale about the love of a couple who were separated by the boundaries of time while Fifteen Minutes Hamlet was the parody of the famous Shakespearian play, Hamlet. "The plays were presented to point out the social issues with entertainment and education and were amalgamated in satire," said Sohail Ahmad. "It was an opportunity for the youth to explore the concepts and styles of traditional and contemporary stage artists."

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School gets grant for development activities
Timegara: The University Public School (UPS), Chakdara has been provided with Rs8.6 million grants for development by the Malakand Development Project (MDP), a spokesman of the university said on Sunday.

The spokesman Dost Mohammad said a function was held at the university on Saturday in which the vice-chancellor Prof Mohammad Rasool Jan, principal of the school Ms Basharat Shah, field supervisor of the Malakand Development Project and engineer Jihad Ali signed the accord in this regard.

The spokesman said the MDP would provide Rs8.6 million to the UPS for development and non-development expenditures under the accord.

The amount, he said would be spent on purchasing furniture, essential equipments and civil work in the school. He said the MDP had been working in the region to carry out reconstruction activities and support public service institutions.

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Malakand Inter exam
Chairman of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Malakand Chakdara Prof Nawab Khan has said examination centres for the intermediate examination Bar Khalozo and Nawagai have been shifted to Khar Bajaur on the request of FC commandant Bajaur Agency. Dawn

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