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National Jewels Shine over the World Horizon

National Jewels Shine over the World Horizon

 Pakistan’s potential truly reflects of its youth, humbly earning world laurels for themselves, their families, their institutions and their country. Whether from Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab, KPK, FATA or the Federal capital these promising Pakistani children excel in their respective fields as noble world high-achievers of Pakistan.

 APPLAUD Asad Raza, student of NUST, Islamabad who won the third position at the “Global Student Entrepreneur Award” (GSEA) 2017 held at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, USA held in Germany in April 2017. Commend 12 Pakistani undergraduate students excelling at the “International Genetically Engineered Machines World Championship”, MIT, USA in October 2016. ACKNOWLEDGE the Electrical Engineering graduates from NUST, Islamabad bringing accolades to Pakistan in March 2017 by winning Stanford University’s “Longevity Design Challenge 2017”, in California, US. IMAGINE computerized garden maintenance without human supervision by Baluchistan’s wonder boy Waleed Bashir. He is a grade 9 student of Khuzdar, studying at Quetta’s Pak-Turk School, winning Gold Medal for his project “Green Automation” at the “1st International Infomatrix Asia and Pacific Project Competition” in Kazakhstan. SEE our Sargodha jewel, Abu Hifs, shining in Australia. A student of Bhabra Higher Secondary Government School, Sargodha, he won Gold Medal at the “International Mathematics Competition” held at the University of South Wales Australia in April 2016. He stood first among 16 other countries. DISCOVER 20-year-old Babar Iqbal, from D. I Khan, KPK. He became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at age 9 (2006), youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator at age 10 (2007), youngest Microsoft Student Partner at age 11 (2008) and youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist at age 12 (2009).

 EXAMINE how Shahmir Khan Niazi, student of Beaconhouse School, Lahore won 4thprize for his project on utilizing ocean currents for producing energy titled: “A New Spin on Renewable Energy in the Physics: Energy category” at the “Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2016” held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in May 2016.  MEET a Pakistani kid, Zafar Ali from FATA, attending the United World College on the full scholarship. Born in 1997 in Khyber Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), his passion to gain education led him to complete his intermediate from DJ Science College, Karachi and later to attend the United World College (UWC) in Bosnia. BELIEVE how Haris Khan, Pakistan’s smartphone wizkid residing in Ireland, developed and launched his first smartphone app “Super Soccer Kick” 3D, in 2014 on iTunes. THINK of promising Pakistani siblings, Shireen Zafar and Hasan Zafar, from a “Street School”, Karachi, educating underprivileged children, being awarded “The Global Youth Award 2016” in Taiwan, organized by the Library of National Changhua Senior High School, Taiwan. ACCEPT visions of Sana Batool, Shazia Bibi, and Iqra Irshad from the Danish Girls School, Hasilpur, honored at “Intel International Science and Education Fair 2014”, Los Angeles, the US for a project on the wind turbine with low air pressure.

 Syed Rehan Ahmed, IoBM has recently been distinguished among “Top 99 Business Administration and Management Students of the world” at a largely and keenly contested international competition for students of business institutions organized by Nyenrode University, The Netherlands. Noman Shaheer, graduate of IoBM, currently a PhD (ABD) in international business (IB) at Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, along with his Advisor, Dr. Sali Li being awarded Alan M. Rugman most promising young scholar award by the Academy of International Business (AIB). Syed Ahmed Raza Kazmi an IoBM alumnus, BS(Actuarial Sciences and Risk Management), IoBM, has recently reached research and career milestones at Philadelphia, University, USA.                     

 CHERISH Pak students Talha Ahmed, Muhammad Arif, and Kamel Ali studying at the University of Sharjah, UAE receiving 1st prize in the “Think Science” competition for their “Micro Wind Turbine project in the Energy and Environmental Science category” organized by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development in June 2016. LOOK at the vision of Zymal Umer, the 9-year-old social entrepreneur from Sargodha, selling newspaper bags to assist underprivileged children. She received Prince Abdul Aziz Award for “Children Pioneer Award in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2016)” and Gold Medal from Federal Secretary of Education, Pakistan (2016). REJOICE the honor bestowed upon Mona Mahtani from Hyderabad, Sindh, when in May 2016 she received the “2016 Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Education” in London.

 THREE CHEERS for Pakistan at 2015 Special Olympics, in Los Angeles, USA courtesy Arif Qayyum from The Effort School for Special Kids, Karachi who won two Gold and one Silver Medals in Lawn Tennis and attributing sentimentally and patriotically his success and heart out for Pakistan, disabled yet gainfully employed as an example!  Unable to walk, talk and listen, countless special children of Pakistan emulate as  models of unity, faith and discipline and present themselves as unique examples in self-help, self-confidence and self-assurance due to unparalleled commitment and devotion of their selfless, loving, caring, sharing and parent-like teachers and caretakers.

 These and many hidden talents, untapped assets and unsung heroes of Pakistan shining over the international horizon with flying colors and as world performers of class, caliber, and charisma in their respective fields await from fellow countrymen hearts to feel, eyes to see, brains to visualize and words to wonder in letter and in spirit as they bring home from foreign lands magnanimous laurels, grace, dignity, and honor for Pakistan; a land of purity, promise, and potential.

Author : Parvez Jamil, HoD and Faculty Public Affairs, CBM, Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Korangi Creek, Karachi.  021-35091905. 0334-3013971. 0324-2899563. parvez@iobm.edu.pk