Stories about PhD

Sky is the limit: My journey from Sargodha to the University of Oxford

When I was 12-years-old, I remember hearing about an institution known as the University of Oxford, but it felt too far away to ever become a reality. While I knew that if I worked hard I could probably get in someday, I never imagined the path life would take me through to finally get here. A path filled with adventures around the globe, and a chase towards learning from some of the world’s brightest minds. I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, and received my Master’s through a program that allowed me to live in ...

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Balochistan is far from “uncivilised” and these women prove just that!

That Pakistan has a youth bulge is well known to most informed readers, but what the youth thinks about the myriad challenges faced by the country rarely gets space in the media, especially when it comes to females from minority communities. The First International Conference on Social Sciences recently held at Sardar Bahadur Khan Womens’ University in Quetta, Balochistan, provided me with an opportunity to learn just that. SBK Womens’ University caters to around 6000 female students from all parts of Balochistan and offers up to MPhil and PhD degrees. In 2013, the university was attacked in a suicide bombing that ...

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Am I a qualified PhD if I paid someone else to write my thesis?

If you were to imagine a PhD student, what would you think? Well-educated? Well-versed in the language of instruction? Well-spoken? Well-read? Well, some problems become worse than you initially expect them to be. To detect this problem, you don’t have to look any further than at the present lot of PhD degree holders in most of the private and public universities in Pakistan. PhD holding faculties exists in several universities, in big and small cities, where the incumbents can hardly even construct one correct sentence in English. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) seems to be emphasising on inducting raw MS and ...

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Five stereotypes that ‘Devious Maids’ smartly shuns away

The comedy-drama series Devious Maids made its much anticipated return with the release of season three in June 2015. The show stars Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez, Ana Ortiz, Edy Ganem, and Judy Reyes as five Latina maids working for elitist families in Beverly Hills, California, with dreams and ambitions of their own. But these five women are not just cleaning floors or washing dishes for a living. Apparently they hold on to many dirty secrets of the families they work for. However, keeping the ‘devious’ element aside, I believe the show suppresses a number of stereotypes and clichés about Latinas that the writers indirectly try to enlighten ...

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Perhaps Jordan can teach Pakistan how to treat its minorities

The deadly attack on Pakistan’s Christian minority in Youhanabad left 16 people dead and was followed by communal clashes in Lahore. Soon after the incident, the Bohra community was targeted in Karachi last Friday. These attacks are not new to religious minorities in Pakistan, who have been living under fear of their lives for the past few years; their residential colonies, work places and places of worship are turning into slaughter houses in their own homeland. However, in case of other Muslim-majority countries, minority groups continue to live in peace and enjoy the rights and privileges prescribed to them by law. ...

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Dr Javed Kazi: They killed a teacher, a doctor and a gem of a person

In life you go through a lot of changes – mental, emotional and physical. However, maturity does not come until you break down once under the burden of responsibilities. We all see bad things happening and we sit quietly, mostly because our parents tell us to be politely agreeable. But guess what? Sometimes you just have to speak up. It was 2:05pm on February 17, 2014 when a car left the gates of the Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC) and was about to take a turn when two men fired at the person sitting in the car. The driver tried ...

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Pakistan has all it takes to be a great nation!

It has been four years since I moved to Austria to pursue a PhD degree. At the time of leaving Pakistan, I was overjoyed, filled with excitement and enthusiasm. The picture of Europe, though largely exaggerated, depicted by my friends who were already studying there, was so appealing that I could hardly wait to get there. The excitement was so overwhelming that I did not even bother to see the tears in my mother’s eyes when she came to see me off at Jinnah Airport. I rushed to the check-in counter, fearing that I may miss the flight and ...

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Pakistan’s got heroes (not just terrorists)

Pakistan is an interesting country to say the least. We have probably as many (if not more) news channels here than entertainment channels. Unfortunately, where other countries use their media to benefit their people and show case talent from within it, we use ours mostly to spread fear and loathing for ourselves. I was recently browsing the internet to see if we had success stories of our own, for motivating our people, when I found out about so many gifted people in our country about whom we hardly hear anything. The media shows one interesting story about these people and ...

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NA brawl: Left jab, upper cut

The two antagonistic tribes, face off in a habitat where they are forced to coexist, as viewers watch bemused, for the language spoken by this warring species is only decipherable to its own kind, and the experts who translate on television for the viewing audience. Like with communication between all primitive beings, misunderstandings can happen. Sometimes, these verbal squabbles lead to physical altercations, which don’t come as a surprise to those of us watching, because the aggressive body language on display betrays a deep seated level of animosity. On this particular instance, between the testosterone flowing opposing males, it starts with both ...

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Rehman Malik does not deserve a PhD

Our Interior Minister Rehman Malik has been awarded a PhD degree for his remarkable efforts in bringing peace to the country, specifically to Karachi. He now joins the ranks of 5,300 PhD scholars in Pakistan and sits amongt the top rung of the educated population. Sindh Governor, Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, who is also the Chancellor of the University of Karachi, conferred the degree on Senator Abdul Rehman Malik in a special convocation held at the Governor House.  The degree was awarded by the syndicate of Karachi University who justified this award with the words: “(for providing) matchless services to the country in the war ...

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