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Why I don’t want to be a Pakistani Student…….

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Alright, before I’m battered with hate comments and flame wars erupt just because of the title, I’d like to clear the air by stating, YES, the the title describes exactly how I feel while not to such extremes as some of you might think, just read on, it’ll make a lot more sense. Also, I apologize for the length of this rant, but pull the inner geek out of you and push through it.

I’ve had the this huge inkling to study somewhere else in the world for quite some time now, just because of the fact that some of the the teachers I got in the past were well, for lack of a better word – idiots and where ever I looked and as far as my eyes could perceive, the situation was the same everywhere, at least it was in my province.

Yeah, I know, I’m supposed to respect my teachers but it’s hard taking some one seriously as a teacher when they are, well – idiots. Half of the things they would teach us, would contradict what they have said not just 2 seconds ago, and all I would and could do was – A huge FACEPALM! because arguing with them was futile as they would not change their stance – human psychology as they say, ’nuff said.

But, any how, that frame of my life lapsed quickly and I managed to pass out with good grades, I know that this has become such a mundane, cliched and reverberated topic on being cynical about the education system, I’m just

sharing my experiences. I was then admitted to NUST, a place that would be a new start for me, a new beginning, where I would be in the company of some of the best students of Pakistan, where I will actually learn and not yearn for the ground to crack open and swallow me whole.

But, the pattern repeated itself, again, I saw the usual stuff come up that I had been seeing most of my life as a student. Bad teachers, cramming students, rote learners and the overall bad atmosphere for learning. The first semester that I passed out from had really nothing conceptual involved, I mean, in some subject we need to learn to perform, while we were only taught to learn not perform. I don’t have a problem with others doing what they want to do, but why am I forced to do the same thing and as a matter of fact – the wrong thing just to get good grades? The thing is, it all is just so tiring, juvenile, worthless, futile and honestly, I don’t see the point anymore, I’m bored. I mean, I still have a huge inkling for gaining knowledge (I’m a physicist at heart, I occasionally do enjoy some of my classes, but those are the classes taught by teachers who deserve to be called teachers) But I always look up lectures online just because of the simple fact that I don’t want to study here anymore and am extremely distrustful of the education here. Call me paranoid but still, I hold true to my words. I mean why should you study when your goal is not to learn but to score marks by any means necessary and all this while our flawed education system and ideas keep nourishing these negative aspects of learning. Why shouldn’t we focus on the why? why should we only divert our attention to how? And why is this all still happening, even in the universities the likes of NUST which have gained fame through these bogus “International Rankings”. And I call them bogus simply because of the fact that Pakistani universities are on them.

I’d really love to see some hands on project development collabs with teachers and an overall increase in focus presented on practical work. I mean whenever I read up about the LHC, The Super String theory or be it involving the Higgs Boson, graviton, meson or the tachyon (see what I meant when I said I’m a physicist) I get chills down my spine (uber geekiness), and I think to myself, Why don’t Pakistani scientists (or the dwindling amount we have left) come up with huge break-throughs in science and the only answer that comes up is the flawed education system we have. We all have an inkling for knowledge and learning, we were all programmed to do this, but it is the education system that prevents us from doing so. You want proof? well it’s all around you.

What all this huge rant brings me to is my main point – Why I don’t want to be a Pakistani Student. Well, need I say more? Just the mere environment of our university is reason enough. with a 1001 restrictions and nothing worthwhile to offer, I often peg this question to myself, “Why the hell didn’t you leave Pakistan?”, The only logical reasoning I can come up with is that – I was weak!

Yes, I was weak, I mean when you think about it, going abroad is a huge task to tackle – give out tests, give out language tests, apply to colleges, get a passport, get accepted in a college, fly out, find a dorm or room on rent, get a job, all while financial issues would plague me for all my bachelor’s degree. Did you know that most college students who apply for loans and financial assistance are on average in debts of 25000 euros after the completion of their degrees?. This was taken from a BBC news source and college students are really messed up about it, the question of student loans is the highest one in queue to be asked to President Barack Obama on youtube.

The amount of projects that these huge universities have and the students participating in them makes me envious. We really need hands on practical work here to be really able to solve the world’s problems, I mean for God’s sake man, we are supposed to be engineers, building the future is our top priority, not recreating what others have already done, we have automated robots for that.

 

I guess it really is my fault that I’m so miserable, or maybe not, my head hurts! (Probability! Argh!)

And for all of you loyal NUSTIANs, I don’t mean to offend you, but this is the truth, you can’t argue by stating that we should all be content with what we have, I say we should be content, but we shouldn’t be satisfied, for satisfaction would eventually halt progress.

Maybe I don’t deserve to go to a decent university, but then again, I’ve seen many far worse than me graduate from MIT and be transformed into geniuses or is it just my perception of them? For now, I’m feeling quite good at NUST because my second semester has kicked off and I’ve finally gotten teachers that are worthy to be titled ”teachers” (except one or two, but hey –  can’t win ’em all, can you?)

All I am trying to say (through these odd, mind numbing and convoluted thoughts of mine) is that I don’t want to be a student here, and I can’t be one there, but now I’ m pretty content with being a student here, while I still want to go out and study in a world class university just for the sake of comparison and knowledge, is the grass really greener on the other side? what’s wrong with this picture? Am I insane?

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14 Responses to “Why I don’t want to be a Pakistani Student…….

  1. Hassan
    February 20, 2011 at 2:36 am #

    In the last paragraph you say :

    "I don’t want to be a student here, and I can’t be one there, but now I’ m pretty content with being a student here,"

    what is this suppose to mean 😛

    besides if you want to be a physicist and at the same time want to improve the teaching standards, then why not go for being a physics professor yourself?

    Most of the eminent scientists that Pakistan has produced who have done real breakthroughs in research, were educated here. Dr Abdus Salam etc

    It is right to think that MIT and other universities are very far from where NUST is right now, but let us search the solution.

    I love physics, you love physics, why don't we do a project ourselves, why wait for official projects from our colleges.

    xXx

    c3ip

  2. Hasnain
    February 20, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    The last para isn't supposed to mean anything, I'm just trying to show that I'm not sure how I feel here, I'm happy whilst being sad.

    Yeah, right, tell me the name of a 'good' college that offers BS Physics in Pakistan, and will gladly leave for it, and as far the doing the project ourselves thing goes – Get Real! We need some supervision, because we are not geniuses, if I wanted to do the project myself, If I could study everything myself then I or you or any other student won't need colleges in the first place now would we? What's the point of having a University then? It's like your saying we should cook food without heat.

  3. Hasnain
    February 20, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    *You're^

    And for the record, Dr. Abdus Salam did get educated here, but got his degree in Mathematics and Physics from St. John's College, Cambridge University. You were saying?

    Pakistan does produce scientists, but they only blossom after getting educated in the west except for some exceptions like in any case.

    Ceipay, an argument should have a solid base ;).

  4. Hasnain
    February 20, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    oh, and I'm down with doing a project with you, or at least trying but it should be a 'real' physics project, not something about creating a windmill again.

    P.S., sorry for the 3 comments.

  5. February 20, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    The great universities of the world are the product of great societies which were developed with a vision . Unfortunately our society lags behind the rest in terms of ethics and wisdom.

    We need to recognize the vast disparity in funding between universities of the developed world and those in the developing world which is again due to the fact that their economies and societies are more developed.

    So in short, we need to develop the world around us ourselves.

    Its not so easy to produce a world-beating university.But lets look at something. Every famous university of the world, has contributed immensely to the society around it and in the process gained local and international recognition. Has NUST done the same ? Has any other university done the same ? Has any university in Pakistan thought about the problems facing Pakistan and worked to solve one of those ? Has any university in Pakistan put

    solutions to problems before "research for dollars" ?

    Nah, they havent and thats why they arent great .

  6. Hassan
    February 20, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    A good college that offers BS Physics–

    LUMS, GCU Lahore, Punjab University..

    As for the project, you have to start at the very least, the supervision, funds, support comes later.

    With education I meant, they started here in Pakistan, and you are starting too…

    As for the 'wind-mill' project, we have to make something that could benefit us at this time, and believe me alternate energy would.

  7. Hasnain
    February 20, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    Yeah an alternate energy source would help, but it's not 'really' a physics project, and one windmill, even if in some crazy universe we are successful, wouldn't really help all of Pakistan now would? Our Govt. needs to invest in alternate energy.

    LUMS's BS physics you mentioned isn't really BS physics in core, they are just courses. The other two Unis you mentioned, well I don't really consider 'good'.

    Yes, the major scientists of Pakistan did start in Pakistan, but give credit where credit is due, western education honed their scientific credentials not the Pakistani system. Don't you think that the Pakistani education system needs a change? Why are you defending this flawed system ceipay? Have you played too much counter-strike today Lord Uncle. You are going to win the competition, don't worry about it.

  8. Hassan
    February 20, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    k

  9. Farhan
    February 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Hasnain, to cut a long story short, my advice to a young student like you would be to keep the fire burning, and not lot little issues bring you down like this. Yes, our country has its issues, we are still struggling against problems, but we need to keep our spirit alive.

    University life can be a hard time. People usually have some unrealistic expectations when they go in an engineering college. Undergraduate studies are mostly like this throughout the country, so you have to bear with it. NUST is way better in this regard. No one is stopping you from learning as per your liking, right? Clear the course with what is required, and keep yourself involved with the subjects of your interest.

    A very simple real life example. I know a poor little girl who comes to our house every day to study. Her mother thrashes her for not working with her, but she still studies. She comes to the house even when its raining cats and dogs… and she's soaking wet. Sometimes she comes on an empty belly, and we have to give her something. But whenever she is here, she has the brightest smile and an expression of utter enthusiasm. She has the fire burning man, and you should too.

  10. Hasnain
    February 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    @Farhan: I do have the fire burning, I'm only dissatisfied with the education here, that doesn't mean I'd stop learning. BTW, nice anecdote.

  11. Anum Javed
    February 21, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Hmmmm Hasnain it was nice to read such an IGNITED article on iR Nustian. Considering your situation as not being satisfied with the current system of education here in Pakistan I will propose that you should take into account the positive aspects too. Blaming everything is never the solution of making the system right. Wingeing never let you win or succeed. If you think that the system is not doing justice to you then you should come up a solution. Ma Shaa Allah your style of writing is good and I think the 'stupid' teachers, schools of your province that you mentioned would have contributed a bit in making you write at least the right sentence structure of this blog.

    NUST might not become the reason of making you a scientist but I think at the end it will be of some value addition in your life. In addition to that if you had been served with all the BEST , BEST AND BESTIE BEST then your dream to study abroad might not have got materialized as you would have got the best here before going there.

    Once in psychology class we were asked to write a 100 words note on the person we hate the most. We wrote everything that we found wrong about that person and at the end the teacher told us these all flaws are present in you. Although I still do not believe on what the teacher said but just shared a similar incident that happened once in my class. 😛

    All the best! 🙂

  12. Hasnain Raza
    February 22, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    First of all, thank you for the complement and secondly my teachers did contribute a little towards my knowledge, but still didn't live up to their full responsibilities, and I'm not a 'one man army' that can bring about change and revolution in our grades.

    But still you do have a point. BTW, psychology I didn't understand that psychology anecdote 🙂

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  14. marea khaled
    July 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    asalamolikum

    this is marea khaled.

    m doing a project on Pakistani education system . i nyd ur article as a help,witness,a student's feelings …whteva u take et as. this wud b published with the complete referenc.and for further queries u can catch me on my mailing id or facebook..as u like.

    crystaldrop2010@live.com

    regards.

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