Library Systems and Labs for Tier 1 Universities

Introduction: While the HEC Vision 2025 document does mention the need for libraries and labs for research institutions, it seems prudent to recognize the integral connection of libraries and labs to the long-term mission of innovative research. This brief document offers a few insights, gleaned from my experience of research universities in the US, about…

Brief Guidelines for Applying to US Universities for Doctoral Studies and Post-Doc Research

Introduction: This draft document elaborates the general application process to US research universities. For a more detailed understanding of the process, the candidates should research the application criteria on the particular University websites. These draft guidelines are prepared voluntarily to aid the aspirational guidelines of Higher Education Commission as contained in the HEC Vision 25,…

US-Pakistan Knowledge Program: How to Negotiate with US Universities

Introduction: These observations are based in my personal experience at three US research universities and including also the experience of negotiating such a deal, at smaller level, with the University of North Texas. I offer these insights to the HEC initiative as described on Pages 37-39 of the HEC Vision 2025 Document. Who to Contact:…

Why Does the Pakistan Army Deserve our Support

It seems that deriding Pakistan army and maligning its efforts has become a finely tuned mechanism within the Pakistani public sphere. It would, however, be prudent to keep certain truths in our minds when we reach hasty conclusions and then share such easily formed opinions on the ubiquitous social media outlets. I write this neither…

Pakistaniaat: CFP for Special Issue on English Language Pakistani Literature

Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies CFP for a special issue on English-Language Pakistani Literature Co-editors: Dr. Cara Cilano, Professor, Department of English, Michigan State University & Dr. Aroosa Kanwal, Assistant Professor, Department of English, International Islamic University This special issue of Pakistaniaat seeks to forge new critical insights into the now well-established field of…

The Bengal Kitten Scam by jonesbengalkittens.com

A few days ago, I almost fell for an online Bengal kitten scam. I am posting this here, even though it is a bit embarrassing, to report the website and their methods so that all of you animal lovers out there remain safe from these predators. Our beautiful Bengal kitten sneaked out about a week…

Pakistaniaat Publishing Again

Dear All: I just wanted to share the news that Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies will start publishing regularly from January 2018 onward. Due to various personal and professional reasons, we had put the journal on a long hiatus, but now, after reconfiguring our editorial team and after updating our software, we hope to…

بنامِ مقتولانِ مصر

مساجد قتل گاہیں بن گئ ہیں، مدارس نفرتوں کے آستانے وفا و پیار کی دو چار نظمیں، جفا و ظلم کے لاکھوں فسانے تمہیں کتنا لہو درکار ہے اور، تمہیں کتنے دریدہ جسم چاہیئں ہاں لاو ظلم کی جھوٹی حدیثیں ہمارے قتل کے رنگیں بہانے اگر کچھ اور حاجت ہے لہو کی تو آو اے…