Dr. A Q Khan
Mohsin e Pakistan

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Tales and anecdotes (28 Jan-2009)

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January 28th, 2009

Random thoughts
By Dr. A. Q. Khan

I had been planning to write on some technical/educational topic, but ran into some  interesting episodes, which I thought I should share. Some of you might remember that on Sept 1, 2007, the  Shershah Northern Bypass Bridge collapsed just 20 days  after its inauguration by Gen (R) Musharraf. No action of  any sort was taken and there were rumours that this was  because Maj Gen (R) Farrukh Javed, chairman of the National Highway Authority, was a personal friend of  Musharraf. This and other rumours were rife. Now the chairman of the Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission, has put the blame of that catastrophe, which cost the lives of 6 people, squarely on the shoulders of the chairman of the NHA and his colleague, Mr Altaf Chaudhry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tales and anecdotes (28 Jan-2009)

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January 28th, 2009

Random thoughts
By Dr A Q Khan


KRL used to organise many international conferences on important technological and scientific subjects, usually covering those disciplines that were of direct relevance and importance to them. The aim of such conferences was to gather together a large number of participants from abroad to provide Pakistani scientists and engineers an opportunity to interact with foreign experts, exchange views, seek their guidance and initiate contacts with them for future studies abroad. These conferences covered such varied subjects as vacuum technology, advanced materials, phase transformations, software engineering, fluid dynamics, super conductors, magnetic materials, mechanical vibrations, and biomedical sciences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tales and anecdotes (28 Jan-2009)

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January 28th, 2009

Random thoughts
By Dr A Q Khan

Education is a very important subject for every nation. So much has already been written on the topic that one hesitates to add more to it. Reports, articles, yearbooks, and World Bank, IMF and UNESCO reports contain data on the money spent by every country, literacy rates, number of students enrolled and of children denied access to primary education. There is a general perception that literacy alone is a panacea for all ills and can solve all of a country’s economic problems. Nothing is further from the truth. A closer look at Sri Lanka shows that, despite a literacy rate of almost 98 percent, it is still underdeveloped and poverty and unemployment are at a peak. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tales and anecdotes (28 Jan-2009)

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January 28th, 2009

Random thoughts
By Dr A Q Khan


In 1961, when I went to Germany to study at the world-famous Technical University of Berlin, I missed two things very much: 1) friends with whom I could speak Urdu and 2) English books and newspapers. After a few days I found out that I could buy The Sunday Observer at the railway station. This paper was voluminous enough to keep me busy for a few days, at the same time keeping me informed of events happening around the world. I also discovered the British Council, from where I could borrow very useful and informative books. The railway station and the British Council were both hardly a 15-minute walk through the beautiful park from the hostel where I lived. Read the rest of this entry »

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