Degree Show ’09

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Textile Design Degree Show by the graduating batch of 2009 will commence on Friday, 22nd of May, ’09, and will run until Friday, 29th of May, ’09, daily, between 9:00am – 4:00pm at the Bin Qasim campus.

The Textile Institute of Pakistan Bin Qasim campus located along the National Highway next to the Fauji Fertilizer factory is a purpose built campus where textile design, science and management degree programs are conducted.

You’re all invited to visit along with your friends and family.

Say NO to war in Pakhtunkhwa

By Kazim Aizaz Alam

War hysteria is at its peak. Otherwise sane people have overnight become war-mongers, thanks to ISPR propaganda. The multi-dimensional problem of Islamic militancy has, it is said, only one solution — crush the Taliban to death, show no mercy, conduct a full-scale military operation and let the people suffer meanwhile because there is ‘no alternative’ to the military option.

Is war an ‘option’ either, one may ask.

It would be a gross understatement to call it an ‘operation’ since it is a full-fledged war. Over 1.5 million people have been displaced because of heavy aerial bombing in Swat Dir and Buner. The NWFP minister for information says their number can swell to 2.5 million in a few days. This is the hugest human catastrophe our country has seen since 1971. These ‘refugees’ are the people who, until a few days back, had their meal in the peace of their homes. Now they are living off charity in IDP camps with poor toilet facilities. Continue reading “Say NO to war in Pakhtunkhwa”

“Internships are useless!” -JJ

15052009037-smallTIP was honoured by a visit from Junaid Jamshed, singer turned preacher, this Friday afternoon. During the 90 minute session in front of an audience packed lecture theater, he touched upon turning points of his life, faith in general, and numerous aspects of an ideal Islamic life.

Among other issues, he discussed faith based business practices, social evils in people, and triumphs of the Tableeghi Jamaat which he represents. He also stressed upon how most of the people who call themselves Muslims have deviated from the ideal teachings of the doctrine and Prophet (pbuh), leaving behind the spiritual and worldly benefits they provide.

JJ further elaborated over how he believes that joining the mission he represents is the correct way to undo the deviations people have fallen into.

He ended his sermon by inviting all students to commit to the activities of the Tableeghi Jamaat instead of “wasting” their upcoming 3 month vacations in industry internships which he believes are “useless” and “exploitative”.

One would like to appreciate TIP and all active societies of TISF for arranging lectures of all guest speakers from diverse fields. It is always interesting to listen to views of people from a variety of fields and schools of thought. I’m sure most people must feel the same.

Remembering Eqbal Ahmed.

I am a fan of Eqbal Ahmed.

In times that we live in plagued by imperialism and intellectual terrorism of the dominant philosophies over more oriental ones; and being from a country that is probably the most infected with brutal fallout of American war in Afghanistan – I miss him more.

His was a sane voice, measured and dispassionately accurate about even the most volatile political situations he lived through. His commentaries right from the start on Algerian struggle against the French, on colonization of Middle East at a time when the entire world was going through the decolonization process, on Indochinese struggle against ‘draining the sea’ tactics of Pentagon and on the militant pseudo- Jihad as a ‘conglomerate’ rather than a spiritual struggle as it is commonly perceived to be, all speaks volumes of sharp analysis of political crises.

The genius of this kind is rare. The contrast is even starker at the backdrop of the nascent Pakistani media that talks relentlessly about terrorism, Jihad, America, Taliban and Pakistani government, and yet fail to raise a distinct and compelling voice of reason to national and international audience. Continue reading “Remembering Eqbal Ahmed.”

Acknowledging Arts in Society

According to E.M. Forster:

“Works of art, in my opinion are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order and that is why though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in art for art’s sake.”

What I personally believe is that in order to recognize our own origin, we must appreciate the beauty within and around us. The Rotaract club of TIP held an interactive session on ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF ARTS IN SOCIETY on 8th May 2009 at Mughal-e-Azam at around 5 in the evening.

The speaker for the evening was Mr. Saqlain Zaidi, who is an enormous contributor in the field of art history, world cinema history, 2D/3D animation and Digital sculpturing.

He is a lecturer at TIP, KU and Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture.

The session started off with a simple question: “Do you think art is controlled by a certain class in society?”

Through much thought, indeed it is controlled by the elite class and has long since the time of Renaissance.

We discussed on different issues as to why there are taboos and contradictions when it comes to view a simple painting on self-expression but at the same time we all are okay with a movie on an extremely obscene issue such as the Indian movie Dostana.

Continue reading “Acknowledging Arts in Society”

Bye Bye Plagiarism

Dear Faculty members who C.A.R.E! I’m sure it must take you all a long time to meticulously go through every assignment (that I’m sure each of you do) to catch and punish plagiarism. Especially since our institution does not yet have one of those sophisticated software that catch cheaters by the throat.

No worries. We now have websites that offer services and software that will help you do all of the above with almost as much efficiency free of cost. Take this website for example. All you have to do is register, download plug in, install, and there you are – all set to kill plagiarism.

This is just one example. There are plenty of other free websites and software available.

For those who are not too sure what plagiarism is all about, here’s a public service video for all and sundry. Enjoy!

Students: Beware!

Who wants my vote?

Anybody? no one? Makes sense. There’s no point – not this semester at least 😀

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In a historic move today, Dr.ZB, president of TIP announced in front of a  jam packed lecture theatre the news of a fresh start for the TISF. A change we all had been asking, begging, fighting and working very hard for. And finally it’s happened, proving that having the will to do something holds prime importance. Change will make way itself.

Using his executive powers, the president announced that upcoming elections for the TISF would not take place this semester. Instead, they would be held early Fall semester. The reasons for doing so have been discussed previously, many a time. Here’s a summary: Continue reading “Who wants my vote?”