Category: Commentaries

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,…

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…

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…

Pakistan Army and Pakistan’s Water Security

By all accounts, Pakistan is currently one of the top water stressed countries and the situation is likely to further aggravate in the future. Given the rise of population, urbanization, and loss of forested areas, water planning should be at the top of Pakistani federal and local governments. However, there seems to be no coherent…

The Incredible Pettiness of Mr. Trump

America has had its fair share of not too intelligent presidents, but in most of the cases when such people got elected they made up for their intellectual shortcomings by either being compassionate and kind, or by simply projecting a popular I-am-just-like-you-all persona. That Mr. Trump does not have the required experience and intelligence to run…

Pokémon Go: My Journey to Level 30 in Pilot Point, Texas

It might seem odd for a professor of literature, who usually writes about deeply political issues, to opine not only about an augmented reality game, but to also admit to having played it extensively over the last six weeks. To be honest, I find the game valuable and revolutionary in so many way, not the least…

Humanities make humans

We often hear, in public and private conversations, that Pakistani culture and politics will become better with the increase in access to education. This is nothing new: almost all nations offer “education” as a panacea: as something that can solve most of their socio-economic problems. In the last decade or so, huge investments have been…