Shinning stars bring laurels

WHEN provided with an opportunity, our students and youth have always proved that they are second to none. We once again saw its demonstration at the iGEM (The International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in Boston when a twelve member team of our shinning stars from leading Universities of Pakistan brought laurels to the country by winning Silver medal in a tough contest among leading International institutions such as MIT, Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and Imperial College. Last year also, our students brought honour to the country in the domain of science and technology by winning bronze medal yet this time they have further elevated the stature of the country by clinching second position in the world class competition.
In fact Pakistan is very rich when it comes to talent of our students in different fields. Especially over the past decade or so, we have seen our students registering new records be it in academics, information technology, arts or sports, military training and contests of all kinds. Most recently, Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, a 17-year-old boy, garnered praise for his visualisation of a phenomenon, known to physicists for decades, which can help engineers develop technology for printing, heating or biomedicine. As one of the first Pakistanis to participate in the International Young Physicists’ Tournament, Niazi replicated and provided a visualisation of an electric honeycomb. We have no doubt in saying that Pakistani youth have the ability to bring more laurels, as done by Shaheer and iGem, provided they are also given the right kind of environment and opportunities to show their potential. In this era of technology and innovation, if we really want to take forward our country and end reliance on western world, we will have to invest more in education and technology beside establishing more centres of excellence where our youth can perform positively to the best of their mental capabilities.

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