Tag: Education

Some Thoughts on Solidarity and Community

(I had written this article for our Save the UNT Library blog; I think it applies to more than just one cause and that is why I am sharing it ehre) We live in a world constructed to force us to internalize our own insignificance. Every single day we go on with our daily activities,…

Pakistan Students Scholarship Fund, University of North Texas

Last year I, along with Dr. Qaisar Abbas and Dr. Saleha Suleman, established a need-based scholarship for diasporic and heritage Pakistani students at the University of North Texas. Now a recognized fund at UNT, the fund is housed in College of Arts and Sciences and will be administered by the founding members and other board…

Metropolitan Scholars and the Role of Cultural Informants

Having read enough of Gayatri Spivak to understand the power dynamics involved in the center-periphery exchanges, I have always been wary of the role of the cultural informant. As a scholar of postcolonial studies, therefore, I always keep a critical eye on my own conduct in order to avoid falling for this deeply troubling role.…

Education: Imran Khan's false promises won't help

Zero attention was paid to recent news which, in many a country, would justifiably have been cause for panic. But in Memogate obsessed Pakistanno military or civilian ruler – or any normally loquacious TV anchor – has yet commented upon the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). Released one week ago, this damning indictment of…

New Book: Partition and Locality

Partition and Locality: Violence, Migration, and Development in Gujranwala and Sialkot, 1947-1961 (Oxford University Press, 2011) Ilyas Chattha Readership / Level It clearly would be of international interest for both scholars and general readers in history, sociology and politics. It will particularly be of interest to students and scholars of South Asian studies and to those…

CFP: Worldly Teaching: Critical Pedagogy and Global Literature

Worldly Teaching: Critical Pedagogy and Global Literature An Edited Collection As universities move from a Eurocentric literature curriculum to one focused on world or global literature, there has emerged a need for a text that addresses the issues of teaching world literature from a theoretical as well as a praxis-derived perspective. Worldly Teaching aims to…

A Case Against HEC Devolution

In terms of actual expenses, the five corps commanders cost us way more than the entire budget of HEC. If our politicians need money, they should have the guts to conduct a thorough audit of money wasted by the army elite. And if we devolve the HEC and let the provinces work at their own…

HEC: We shall overcome!

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is an autonomous organization whose mission is “to facilitate institutions of higher learning to serve as an engine of socio-economic development of Pakistan”. The HEC is not attached to the Ministry of Education. The Prime Minister is the Controlling Authority of the HEC. The 18th Amendment through the 4th Schedule…