Unforgettable Calamity: 8th October 2005
Oct08

Unforgettable Calamity: 8th October 2005

It was roughly 9 in the morning on a Saturday, I felt as if somebody was dragging my bed. My mother woke up murmuring that it was an earthquake while my drowsy head baffled between the possibilities of either I was dreaming or something was happening for real. I could hear Arabic verses as she recited them in a state of fright. But our fear didn’t know how lucky we were having these minor tremors in Lahore, while the real trouble faced to the direction of north. We turned on the television to witness one of the worst disasters in the history of Pakistan. An earthquake had struck the northern area of Pakistan. The magnitude was 7.6 on the Richter scale, originating from about 65 miles to the northeast of Islamabad. Muzaffarabad, that claimed to be the prettiest region of Kashmir, was turned into ruins in a matter of seconds. Blissful parents, giggling children, contended souls and breathe taking landscape; everyone and everything went upside down. Shrieks of children echoed from beneath the debris, parents roamed back and forth pleading Lord for help. The streets now had amputated body parts and blood at every step. The ill quality infrastructure brought the first betrayal to these troubled people. The access to the affected area was cut and coming for rescue/evacuation was a real nuisance/problem. The government of that time failed to curb the destruction such catastrophe could cause. The northern region being predetermined as “seismic hazard zone” deserved special attention from the governing bodies so that any unforeseen destruction could be confined to a reduced scale. Having stringent building plans to withstand tremors, better emergency services provision and practical education of the masses about dealing with such calamities such as fre quent drills (for children at schools) are few of the precautionary measures that could have been considered to mitigate the degree of destruction. That unfortunate day claimed about 86,000 lives, leaving 138,000 injured and 3.5 million displaced. The magnanimity and heartfelt concern showed by the Pakistanis nationwide for the affectees was seen as a silver lining to this disastrous occurrence. The nation stood up united to help the fellow countrymen who were going through a rough point in time. People sent all the basic necessity items to them, from blankets to medicines and food; no stone was left unturned to help them. Many people volunteered to work for the rehabilitation of the affectees in any possible way. Pakistanis residing abroad sent huge sum of money as charity; public figures renewed their philanthropic spirit and offered help in all capacity. We were told that due to inadequate hospital facilities up...

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13th Annual COMPPEC: A Technological Event in the Right Direction
Jul05

13th Annual COMPPEC: A Technological Event in the Right Direction

RAWALPINDI, June 25, 2014 –After the resounding success of yesteryear’s COMPPEC, the 13th annual Computer Project Exhibition and Competition was concluded today at the closing ceremony presided over by Lt. General (Rtd.) Talat Masood, with huge participation from various areas of Pakistan. Dr. Shoab Ahmad Khan, HoD Computer Department, was the Chief Organizer of this event while Razi Waqar and Saud Mughal were the President and the Vice President respectively of the Student Organizing body. Other organizers included esteemed faculty members like Brig. Farooq Azam, Dr. Usman Akram, Dr. Ali Hassan, Dr. Saad Rehman and Mr. Wasi Haider. COMPPEC is a prestigious technological event which is held every year at College of E&ME, NUST with the vision of creating national harmony among fellow participants and to inculcate sense of competition amongst the participants. This event provides a platform to the undergraduate students from different universities of Pakistan to flaunt their brilliant and innovative ideas. This year UET, COMSATS, UMT, Bahira and several other universities took part in the competition. COMPPEC 2014, a two-day event, started on June 24 and concluded on June 25, 2014. A myriad of participants from different universities displayed their extraordinary projects which spanned over the following 5 categories: Electromechanical Systems Information Systems Communication Systems Digital Systems Mobile Apps and Games These projects were evaluated by distinguished judges from different universities like COMSATS, SMME NUST, IIU, PIEAS and UET and renowned companies mainly We R Play. Renowned veterans like Dr. Sheraz Anjum, Dr. Moshin Jamil, Dr. M. Sher, Dr. Hamid Turrab, Dr. Sharif and Mr. Furqan Qureshi Dr. Fasih Ud Din Butt, Dr. Ghalib, Dr. Abdul Jalil, Dr. Khawar Khursheed, Dr. Ehsan Ullah Munir et cetera evaluated the projects.The overall best prize went to the project Smart Stealth by College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, with prize money of Rs. 50,000. Alongside the project exhibition the 3rd C&IT Symposium was also held. Some of the best minds of Pakistan IT sector were invited to this event and they shared their insight and knowledge with the attendees. This year’s symposium was an outstanding success. The college received proposals for 48 research papers, from which 40 were presented. Distinguished speakers included Dr. Akram Sheikh (DG PASTIC) and Dr. Sajjad Sarwar shared their insight and views on the current condition of the IT sector.. “We need to bridge the gap between university and industry. After a student gets out of university there is a whole new learning cycle that he has to go through. That needs to be changed.” Commented Dr. Sajjad Sarwar on the fact that Pakistan’s IT sector isn’t viewed as very robust/advanced by the Western world....

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Campus Activity – Book Donation

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― Stephen King NUST Book Club (NBC), a relatively new society of NUST, in collaboration with TABA Youth Chapter & Heal Pakistan, took the wonderful initiative of arranging an overdue and much awaited book fair at Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS)Auditorium, NUST H-12 on 4th March, 2014. The two days event was inaugurated by the Pro Rector NUST, Dr. Asif  Raza. CIPS Auditorium bustled with activity as  book lovers from different schools and campuses of NUST visited the stalls all day. A multitude of book sellers from Islamabad and Rawalpindi set their stalls. The books displayed at the book fair covered all genres of literature; fiction, non-fiction, novel, poem, drama, comedy. A registration booth was set for all those interested in getting membership of NUST Book Club. General members of NBC were given the additional incentive of 40% discount on the books for sale. Not only did people buy books, they were also given the opportunity to donate their spare books for welfare. Over 250 books were donated which comprised of pre-school books, coloring books, matriculation/inter & university course books, guides, local & international magazines. The donors of these books took pride in the fact that they were doing something for the underprivileged class of the society. Refreshments were also served. NBC, hands down, nailed the event and introduced the positive tradition of disseminating knowledge on a much larger scale.   Written by: Hamna   Amir Photographs courtesy of NUST Book Club The entire album can be viewed on Heal Pakistan’s Facebook Page.          ...

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