Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pedagogy for Entrepreneurship

By Omar Javaid

The idea of entrepreneurship being a viable, lucrative and possible career option is being promoted all across the country keeping in view the economic challenges such as unemployment; the untapped opportunities & potential we have.

The system of education which the country has been following up till now was developed & perfected to meet the requirements of a very different kind of circumstances. 2013 TED prize winner and renowned educationist Sugata Mitra explains it as a perfect system to produce managers for a Weberian style bureaucratic machinery which in fact still exists, but perhaps not for so long. The graduating students were/are considered as standardized 'products' as if they were coming out of an assembly line. Renowned educationist and thinkers like Sir Ken Robinson, Noam Chomsky, Seth Godin, and futurist Alvin Tofler has compared the traditional design of education system with the design of a factory intended to transform students into subservient beings who submits themselves to the rules of the organization and authority, who are void of any critical thinking, have identical dialects, who largely thinks and stays within the box and are afraid of experimentation and making mistakes or take risks.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Systematic Investigation & Measures for Peshawar Attack

By Waqas Inam

Nonconformity requires systematic investigation that includes root cause analysis followed by corrective and preventive measures. Calamities such as the one happened in Peshawar require the same and so did all the previous calamities that we had faced. But unfortunately the response of the regime is always maneuvered on the directives of global players. By analyzing the reaction I don't see any attempt to pinpoint the root cause of such attacks. As for the preventive measure the establishment has tried to take measures to repeat the same errors with even more magnitude enabling the internal chaos to multiply.

I wrote a letter one year back when I was moved by the pain of Quetta Blast. Same goes for innocent children who were martyred in Peshawar attack. Mere candle lights, mere sympathies, mere condemning the evil act, mere reactionary operations on tribal areas is not the way out. We need to analyze the point of inflection in the Geo-political timeline. We had never experienced such flurry of attacks on innocents before the American presence in Pakistan and in the region. If you need to stop this! Then you need to answer the root cause. Within the annihilation of the root cause rests the secret of avoiding these waves of terror.

It is perplexing that on one hand, the government asserts that we are fighting terrorists influenced by foreign hands in the tribal regions, yet on the other, it permits American terrorists on our soil to execute their malicious projects. And this is why on the daytime when the authorities seize the American infiltrators, for example Raymond Davis and Eugene Joel Cox, they released them. This ironic contradiction is for the reason that Pakistan’s regime had neither moved for an impartial systematic investigation nor for the preventive measure on the point of inflection of terrorist attacks.