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Dear Students

All those students who are fluent in Sindhi Language both in speaking
and listening
are requested to gather in the Auditorium as soon as
possible. PTV wants to take a shoot for their Sindhi program.

Its is urgent and Immediate

Regards

Engr. Syed Ather Ali Hashmi
Department of Telecom & Computer Engineering
National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences
FAST – NU. Karachi Campus.

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This piece is not to comment on how good or bad the picnic was. The fact that i left early is pretty much the reason I cant comment on that. But the news that Noman Bashir almost drowned at the picnic today didnt take much time to reach me and I guess almost all the FASTians.

I didnt witness the event first hand so the rest of the post might not be totally correct. Then again its not much of an info but rather an opinion one.

Nomy with some friends had gone deep in the water after lunch. A big wave came and swept Nomy away. He remained calm (a part which he told me) but everyone else on the beach didnt have the same emotions. Now here is thing which shocked me. The life guards saying that he has gone too far and we can do anything right now and the faculty telling everyone not to go after him and come out of the water. Good thing one of the lifeguards thought otherwise and went in to bring him back. Not only did he bring him back but thankfuly Noman was brought back without any serious issues. Hell, he didnt even require CPR, thats pretty tight for a guy who cant swim.

Now with the faculty you need to take into account that they were concerned with the security of other students. But to say no one is going to go after a life of a human being is pretty disturbing. Even more disturbing is the fact that the lifeguards said that they wont go after a person who everyone can see floating. The only job of a life guard is to make sure no one goes far enough to be in danger and if he does then try their best to bring him back, but apparently that is not how it works here.

Okay, Nomy is at fault by going so deep when he didnt know how to swim, but when he did actually get in danger he remained calm and maintained a positive state of mind. People make mistakes; they may be big or small but no one can say that they have had a flawless life. But to give up on a person who still has not drowned as yet is ridiculous. And no one other than a Pakistani can think of it like that. Hell people are saved from the sea even after they go underwater, this guy was floating!

All is well that end well. But we need to take into consideration they way people with authority handled the situation. “Hes too far, he cant be saved” and “no one goes after him” is too casual and lazy is statement when you are talking about a human life.

I’m sure everyone has heard the saying “the grass seems greener on the other side”. Let me rephrase that a bit…

“The grass in the past, was definitely greener”. Hmmm, there you go.

Well, a lot of people wouldn’t agree to what i have to say, but this is what I and a few others that i know feel about the university life. Before, it used to be somewhat polite, if not completely. Teachers used to care about what the students want and feel. Students used to consult the teachers for small matters, that were just time wasters for the teachers, but they didn’t ever turn them out. Teachers used to listen to us. They used to offer help. They used to advise us. Sometimes even supervise us. Never had they said no to any reasonable request put forth infront of them by any student. Hell, they even used to upgrade a lot before.

Whatevers happened to the graciousness and kindness of teachers, it did turn our university into a hell on earth. First off, our uni is out of the city. Secondly, we dont have much fun places to go to around the uni. As a matter of fact, we dont have any sort of fun activity to do if we ever decide to leave the premises. Thirdly, ragging has been banned.

Let me take this opportunity to tell you, that the friends that i made among the seniors, were my first raggers. They’ve supported me in many places, even after graduating. Where the TAs failed, the seniors took over. What they’ve done after the first semester, made me forget the ragging. Infact, ragging allowed me to be more confident, and it helped me learn the system faster. After my batch, the ragging was banned. The results of banning it were clearly visible even in the results of courses. Only a dozen people used to flunk Calculus 1 and ITC before and till our batch. After us, almost 60 people flunked or withdrew from ITC, and around 80 flunked or withdrew from Calculus 1. The next batch was even worse, they touched 120 in both courses. Ragging made us give more respect to our seniors, i’m sure at this point all the “newbies” must be thinking “what the hell? this guys so totally not making any sense”. Believe me, it will make sense to you a couple of years down the road, especially after graduation.

Last but not the least. All the fun events have also been taken away from us. AD, picnic, mela, ghazal night … and stuff like that. What is wrong with them? We’re humans, not robots. We need to chill, relax and not be always walking on our toes. FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE…cut us students a break! We are being made to realize, over and over and over again, that we committed the biggest mistake of our lives by taking admission in FAST. Even the peons talk sarcasm now. You don’t believe me? Then go talk to the “boy” sitting beside the door in the “ITard Dept.” … in short … Ayaz Ahmed’s room. Man! We need to teach him a lesson … teach him that, its him who need us to survive … without us, there would be no FAST. Now, ain’t that right?

Fasih Ahmed Rana.

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