Reasons to be a proud Pakistani

By Parvez Jamil

IT IS rejuvenating on to share information regarding the laurels our youth has earned internationally.

Whether it is education, innovations in science, arts, sports, quizzes, general knowledge, etc., our children continue to shine over the world horizon from time to time.

IoBM honoured in Europe (2012)

Syed Rehan Ahmed of the Institute of Business Management (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 business institutions organised by Nyenrode University, Straatweg, Breukelen in The Netherlands. Nyenrode University, rated among top management universities of Europe, held a global competition to rank the top business administration and management students of the world. Well done Rehan!

Pakistani student scales Africas highest peak (2012)

Tanzania-based 18-year-old Pakistani student Alveena has brought laurels for the country by scaling Africas highest peak, 5895-metre Kilimanjaro.

Student of Agha Khan School Darussalam (Tanzania), Alveena left for the Kilimanjaro summit on May 19 and succeeded in scaling it on May 24. Alveena has been given a certificate of appreciation for this by the Tanzanian government.

Mathematics wiz (2012)

Pakistani student Moosa Feroze got first position in the International World Maths Day Competition held in Sydney, Australia. Students from more than 200 countries participated in this competition. some 5.5 million students of 52,805 schools participated in this competition and Moosa Feroze stood 1st in the 11-13 year old age group.

Fixing the environment (2012)

A Pakistani student has won silver medal in an international competition on environmental issues, held at State University of New York (SUNY), at Oswego.

Students from 40 countries presented 657 projects in the Genius Olympiad, where the Shadab Rasool Buriro from Khairpur, Sindh, stood second to win silver medal. Another Pakistani student, Abdul Daim from Haripur, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, was awarded with honourable mention certificate.

Shadab Rasool and Abdul Diam, both students of Pak-Turk Schools presented their project, Removal of pollutants from industrial waste water by usage of tea waste, in the contest.

Sword of Honour at Sandhurst (2012)

A young Pakistani cadet won the prestigious “Sword of Honour” for overseas cadets at the annual Sovereigns Parade at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Officer Cadet Muhammad Talha Zahid from Pakistan Army attended the academy during 2011/12, along with cadets from well over 30 countries.

Shining at Special Olympics (2011)

Pakistani contingent returned with a staggering tally of 56 medals at Special Olympics, in Athens, last July. Four years ago, in the same event, Pakistani athletes won 43 medals in Shanghai.

As always, the contingent comprised mentally challenged athletes who showcased their talents by competing 7500 other athletes from 180 countries.

Winners at the Intel Science Fair (2012)

Three Pakistani students were awarded US$ 500 for their innovative project entitled Energy square for cattle, at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2012.

Shiza Gulab, Bushra Shahed and Mahnoor Hassan from the Institute of Computer and Management Science of Peshawar, were the winners of a fourth place grand award in the “Animal Sciences” category at ISEF, held from May 13-18 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

Self-taught Pakistani artist excels in Europe

Hanif Abdul, the self-taught artist of Pakistani origin, working in Frankfurt, Germany, originally hails from Rawalpindi where he, as a young boy, initially learned from local signboard artists but later moved to Germany as a full-time artist. He exhibits his work in mainstream galleries throughout Germany and other European countries with a considerable facility in oil, acrylics and mix media work.

Minhaj makes the difference (2011)

A team of Minhaj Youth, won the First Lego League (FLL) Champions trophy and became the FLL Champions. This secured the team a place in the Scandinavian final where they stood second among 12,000 participants.

Minhaj-ul-Qurans team participated in the worlds largest knowledge contest, FLL, which was held in 50 countries. FLL is an international robotics tournament for children between eight and 16 years of age.

Pakistani student breaks world record (2009)

Although it has been a few years now, but we just cant stop talking about Ali Nawazish, from Rawalpindi, who broke a world record when he passed 23 A-levels in subjects. The 18-year-old received 21 As, one B and one C and became a part of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Straight As in O levels (2011)

A whopping 23 straight A grades in CIE O-level exams set Beaconhouse School student Ibrahim Shahid at the top of the academic arena in Pakistan! Ibrahim has made Pakistan proud by produced an amazing record of A grades. He sat for 24 CIE O-level examinations in 24 different subjects and scored an incredible 23 straight A grades.

Sitara shines in O-levels (2011)

A resident of Chiniot, Sitara Akbar, at 11, set a world record by passing O-level English, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology papers. She had passed O-level chemistry exam at the age of nine! In addition to this honour, Sitara also holds the title of being the youngest Pakistani candidate of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and scoring 7.5 out of 9 in the testing system.

Solar car (2011-2012)

Solar car is the brainchild of Team CLAPTRIX, a group of students from NED University of Engineering and Technology. They represented Pakistan at the Shell Eco Marathon Asia, 2011, Malaysia, in July 2011. They made a solar-powered car with efficient fuel consumption and an eco-friendly drive. They again projected Pakistans positive image in the Solar Car Challenge 2012 in Cyprus, Europe.

Environmentalists par excellence

Mehwish Ghafoor and Ambreen Bibi won a Grand Prize in environmental science at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), United States. Each received $1,000 for developing a treatment that utilises nanotechnology to make polluted water drinkable.

Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional

Last, but not the least, the late Arfa Karim made Pakistan so proud when, in 2004 at the age of nine years, she became the then youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).

There are countless others who have contributed towards the promotion of Pakistans positive image. They prove to the world that the youth of Pakistan has a lot of promise, potential and capabilities to make it among the brightest in the world. The superstars listed above are enough reasons to be a proud Pakistani.

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