Students at TIP: The Jackal and the Lambs

TIP is an institute where you will find students from all parts of Pakistan. These students make up a very unique culture which is rarely found in other universities. These different breeds of students have varied characteristics. The three prominent characteristics are

# the Burgers,
# the Jatts, and
# the Bun Kababs.

Although they are less in number than the other normal students, they still manage to be in the limelight. Apart from these three, there are many other breeds of students as well, such as

# the Khalifaas,
# the Chatnees, and
# the Maylaas.
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The continuous hype of ‘Not Smoking’

As I pen this article of mine, I unconsciously see myself thinking which of the probable reactions it is more prone to get ; creating a furor amongst my (male) peers, or it’s contents be toyed with and forgotten. How vain my efforts to enlighten the majority, of precisely why smoking is considered a hazard, I hope in thus resolving Monday onwards.

It’d be unrealistic to say that ‘to experiment with a drag’ is absurd and uncouth. It is a stage which all adolescents go through, and the rapid realization of them ‘growing up’ adds to their want of ‘looking old’, and acting like ‘grown ups’. Smoking, like applying make-up (for girls), and experimenting with the rough ruddy look for guys, is thus part of a transition that most children go though. Here I would like to clarify that it does not in any way assist the transition, but is simply a phase; one, which it is harder to wear out of, as once said by Mark Twain:

“To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did, I ought to know because I’ve done it a thousand times”
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“Quack to Offer Hope” and Congratulations to the Team

This month Quack Online! has already got more visitors in the third week of the month than all of October. Last month saw 1601 unique individuals visiting 50,005 times, viewing 19,724 files. The increased number of files viewed is attributed to the many pictures put on on Quack! over the last month and a half. November so far has seen 1611 visitors coming 74,244 times, viewing 18,576 files. The average number of daily visitors has increased by 140% to 70. The statistics shows that the viewer ship of Quack! Online has steadily increased since its launch on August 11, and has gained many regular readers.

Comment spam is turning into a problem, with many people posting absolutely useless shit (spam), irrelevant comments, and fighting over trivial issues (flame). Case in point is the Comment Wannabe’s article that saw 33 comments over nothing, and proves that some Tipians are so stupid do not get the point. A comment blacklisting system is in order.

But there are also interesting articles, with interesting discussions following, such as the Need for a Mosque and the controversial Senseless Scandals and Gender Partiality issues.
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Need for a Mosque

T.I.P was established in 1994 (correct me if I’m wrong). It was a small institute inside a bungalow (like the city office). Then in 1998 we shifted to the new campus (here at Ghaghar Phatak). The construction was not complete by this time. And only important buildings were constructed. Important buildings included the main building, cafeteria and hostels, but not a mosque.

Often when construction of some project or industry starts, the first block laid down is of a mosque. But on the contrary, mosque was given least preference. Isn’t it strange that there is no mosque in T.I.P when there is strength of 300 Muslim students? Every time for prayers the students have to run sometimes to the processing lab, sometimes to the spinning lab, sometimes to the cafeteria and sometimes to the hostels.

President T.I.P should look into this matter seriously and get the mosque constructed as soon as possible. Also the President TISF Mr. Abdul Saboor should reach out for sponsors and I know that he is very much capable of doing this. I’ll also try to find one.

Senseless Scandals

According to an observation, about 80% of the students can’t make friends with the opposite gender. The reason behind it is not that they are shy but because they are afraid. They are afraid because a girl and a boy’s friendhip has a different meaning in TIP’s dictionary. Friendship has no meaning, and friends of the opposite gender are only seen as a couple.

The victim is usually unaware when things change. It all starts with fun and slogans like “chand pe jis ki sorat aai… bhai… bhai”, “botal… botal” (Gulshan point) and “baharoon phool barsaoo….”. The victim thinks that his dear friends are only having fun but after he comes to know about the actual reasons behind it, it’s a completely different story.

Don’t believe me ,try it out for yourself, as one of my batchmates did, talk to the opposite gender and a scandal will be waiting for you: “they are having an affair”, “he’s a flirt and he’s making her fool”, “yesterday I saw them sitting alone and they were…”. Your reputation will hit rock bottom and you will be treated as an alien, friends will change your name to “Romeo” and “Radhay”. The news will be on the noticeboard about your affair by your own friends, even before you realize it yourself that it’s an affair, will make you think a hundered time before talking to an another gender.

Funny isn’t it. But who’s to blame, who created this environment and who’s doing all this. Try asking this question to yourself and you’ll definitely get the answer and when you get the answer, do let everyone know.

Gender Partiality

If you thought living in a male chauvinist society was the worst thing that existed, think again. Villages and rural areas aside, it?s abominable to realize that gender partiality is encouraged in our very city, in fact, let?s not even go that far, in our very University.

It?s an agreeable fact that supervision of girls is a far greater responsibility than that of boys, and that trends and mindsets take time to change, or rather evolve. But it?s ironic that girls get to toil and strive as much, if not more, than the boys, but when it comes to campus ?curfews?, the boys get to spend the whole night as they please, and the girls have to be in their respective rooms by 10:30pm sharp.

It?s melancholic that the boys at our University are being given the apparent impression that “girls are untrustworthy”. Trust me if you dare break the code here, but you don?t need to tell them that. The majority live by the rhyme, ‘The grass is green, the sky so blue, girls aren?t credible, what can we do!

My spontaneous query here is, why not let the girls stay out all night for every alternate month while the guys get locked up in the hostel at 10:30? The issue, as I perceive it, is not the girls, but both ?boys and girls? staying out late together. Either my concept needs alteration, or the issue of ?naked partiality? needs to be giving attention.

I conclude with the hope that the girls ?breathing space? will some day be given a thorough thought.