Letters to the Editor (Nov 2014)

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I am an aspirant to the CSS exam. I have been preparing for this exam for almost a year now.

Many students like me need guidance of different subjects. JWT is the best source for those preparing for CSS with its diverse base of knowledge of various subjects. But, subjects like Geology, Sindhi, Arabic etc. should also be included.

I humbly request the JWT team to publish articles on these subjects so that the aspirants may benefit from them.

Jamil Jani Soomro (Pakistan Study Center, University of Sindh, Jamshoro)

Today there is a growing gap between the middle class and the lower class. We often moan that some people can buy whatever they want, but there are countless people who don’t have enough money even to buy a bit of food. This disparity undermines the status and dignity of humans. In Pakistan, poor people are the major segment of our society; that is about eighty-five percent of the population. On the contrary, rich families live in big and comfortable houses adorned with all the facilities and luxuries one can imagine. This growing schism could prove to be detrimental for our social fabric.

I pray that our rulers realize the gravity of the situation and take all necessary measures to bridge this ever-growing gap.

Fazal Abbas  (Mastung, Balochistan)

I am a regular reader of the Jahangir’s World Times. It’s a very useful magazine as it covers all aspect of various subjects. It is a rich source of knowledge and an effective means of information about the planet. It raises the students belonging to lower and middle class to the high level of services.

One page of vocabulary has been a part of World Times on which proverbs and phrases were explained through the sentences. Now that page is missed from the magazine. I earnestly request the JWT Team to start including that page again.

Nadir Khan  (Peshawar)

Baluchistan is rich in natural resources and this is, undoubtedly, among the greatest blessings of Allah Almighty upon this land. But, unfortunately, undue political interference has thwarted all our attempts to as connect to our Baloch people as we should have had. Balochistan had abounding reserves of minerals, coal, gas and other sources which can steer Pakistan out of crises to put it on the path of development. Huge natural gas reserves and Reko Diq are some relevant examples. Besides, Gwadar Port, called the gateway to Middle East, is a great strategic asset for Pakistan.

Through Gwadar Port, we can earn billions and billions of dollars a year. Huge gold and copper reserves at Reko Diq, about one billion tonnes of coal, 19 trillion cubic feet gas and about six trillion barrels of oil reserves are lying there in Balochistan. Moreover, Balochistan’s coastal areas are also perfect for generating wind power. These are the reasons why India and other anti-Pakistan forces are active in this province. Taking too much interest in Balochistan is a manifestation of their satanic thought to sever Balochistan from Pakistan as they did in 1971 with East Pakistan.

It is the time for our government to take bold decisions and boost the morale of local and international investors to invest in Balochistan by providing them investment-friendly environment.

Mirza Mohsin

Through the pages of the prestigious JWT magazine, I want to attract the attention of HEC and other government authorities towards an ill practice that is prevalent in our educational institutions. It is about the multiple grading or evaluation criteria whereby most institutions, just to hold their students, do not award CGPAs according to the method devised by HEC and that is being followed at the University of the Punjab. The criteria being followed by many institutions not only become an impediment to students’ efforts to pursue higher education, but also close various vistas available to them to progress.

I graduated from FC College University, Lahore by securing 82% marks in BBA. But, the CGPA awarded to me is 2.943 which is not enough to compete on merit for higher studies in PU. Despite getting higher marks in entry tests of IBA-PU and Hailey College-PU, I couldn’t get admission in M.Phil. More perplexing was the fact that the student who was on top of the general merit list had scored lower than me in Matriculation, Intermediate as well as entry tests of the concerned departments. University of the Punjab awards 4.00 CGPA on 84% marks as per the HEC standards. And according to this criterion, my CGPA should have been 3.8.

I request the HEC higher-ups to look into this serious matter and put a full stop to this ill practice of private institutions. Moreover, it should also make it incumbent on the PU and other public sector universities that while issuing equivalence certificates, they must convert the percentage marks of the students from private universities on their own grading scale. It is the only way that the graduates of private institutions can compete on merit for admissions in the PU and other public sector universities.

Masooma Zaheer (An aspirant to MPhil Programme of Punjab University) Lahore

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