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Friday, April 18, 2014


    In the prevailing political environment of unbridled lust for power and pelf, and the cancer of corruption so widespread throughout the body politic one can only pray that, against heavy odds, dedicated leaders may yet be born and raised, leaders who, if properly groomed and guided, will rise above the mire and morass that presently threatens us. And how should these messiahs be groomed and taught so that they can lead us out of the dark tunnel? Reproduced below is a letter of a father to his son's teacher on his first day at school, written about 150 years ago, which is so relevant to today's Pakistan. Hopefully, it just may make some one sit up and think if nothing else, it will be good for thought for your reader.
    "He will have to learn. I know, that all men are not just, all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero that for every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader.
    "Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend. It will take time, I Know, but teach him, if you can that a dollar earned is of far more value than five found teach him to learn to lose and also to enjoy winning. Steer him away from envy, if you can. Teach him away from envy, if you can. Teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick... teach him, if you can, the wonder of books.....but also give him quiet time to ponder over the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hill-side.

    In school teach him it is far more honourable to fail than to cheat....teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong....teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with the tough. Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when every one is getting on the band wagon. Teach him to listen to all men but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.
    "Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he is sad.....teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness ...teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders, but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob ...and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right".
    "Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him because only the test of fire makes fine steel. Let him have the courage to be impatient...let him have the patience to be brave. teach him always to have sublime faith in mankind".
    "This is a big order, but see what you can do, he is such a fine little fellow, my son".

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This is what General Salman Ali shared with me

The highest aim in life - To know God and do His will 
The most enriching good habit - Complimenting others 
The most destructive bad habit - Worry 
The greatest joy - Giving 
The greatest loss - Loss of self-respect 
The most satisfying work - Helping others 
The ugliest personality trait - Selfishness 
The most endangered species - Dedicated leaders 
Our greatest natural resource - Our youth 
The ugliest look - A frown 
The greatest "shot in the arm" - Encouragement 
The greatest problem to overcome - Fear 
The most effective sleeping pill - Peace of mind 
The most crippling failure disease - Excuses 
The surest way to displease God - Unbelief 
The most powerful forces in life - Love 
The most dangerous piranha - A gossiper 
The Greatest Life-Giver - The Creator 
The worlds most incredible computer - The brain 
The worst thing to be without - Hope 
The deadliest weapon - The tongue 
The two most power-filled words - "I Can" 
The greatest asset - Faith 
The most worthless emotion - Self-pity 
The most beautiful attire - A SMILE! 
The most prized possession - Self esteem 
The most powerful channel of communication - Prayer 
The most contagious spirit - Enthusiasm 
The most urgent need - SALVATION 
The greatest attribute of the prophets - Obedience 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Address to parlimentarians

 Oliver Cromwell 
"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress' d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!"
Dr. S. Akhtar Ehtisham.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Life Long Learning Centers in Hunza for Developing Human Resources through free World Class Education at the Doorsteps


VISION: Populations in the region are economically and geographically constrained in availing "Brick and Mortar" facilities in higher education available in urban centers. Education and learning need to be set free - and new education and communication technologies now make this possible. A number of IT facilities have been established both by Government and the CIVIL SOCIETY, notably by PDCN – an agency of the AKDN – in all the districts of GB with the noble aim of improving quality of education.These however have not been utilized to their full potential due to the prevalent culture in the country.

The idea that students from around the globe can join a course taught by renowned faculty - that they can support each other, discuss problems, find answers, collaboratively engage with the material – is truly revolutionary.

Nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty. Nothing has more potential to unlock a billion more brains to solve the world’s biggest problems. And nothing has more potential to enable us to reimagine higher education than the massive open online course, or MOOC platforms
Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Some new things are praised to the skies because people have a weakness for the shiny and novel. Others are hyped because they will obviously change the world, and it always takes the world a little while to adjust. MOOC's are of the latter kind.
Kevin Carey, director of the education-policy program at the New America Foundation.
We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

MISSION: To facilitate acquisition of FREE OF COST World class Education at doorsteps in all the districts of GB.

The existing IT facilities established over the last few years by agencies such as AKDN - specifically by PDCN - the Government education department and also self help entities will be gradually encouraged to introduce this education mode for the populations within their jurisdiction. SASLLC will act as a feeding unit for all interested facilities, while PDCN will provide WALK IN TRAINING to the TKN volunteers who want to help the communities in providing this revolutionary theme of education and skill development.

The additional facilities, specifically MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR, PRINTER and SCANNER, and in some cases reliable electric supply through SOLAR SYSTEM components, are to be financed through the community effort by SMCs and LSO boards.


All well intentioned individuals any where in the world are expected to participate in downloading the COACHING MATERIAL and arrange to send to the relevant individual in SASLLC. 

In Hunza, the Government Model School will make the WI-FI available to all the population in Central Hunza, free of cost, to enable interested individuals to contribute in downloading COACHING MATERIAL and also to peruse their studies from homes.

The Center will be available to teachers and students during the working hours while 3-Hours daily will be reserved for female aspirants.
Participants in an academic/skill development course will inform SASLLC/OPEN UNIVERSITY so that the data base for the students is updated. This data base, apart from contact information/personal details, contains the results of EXAMS and other student achievement data. The student gets a DEGREE if his score is 90 percent or more; he is entitled to a PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATE if the score falls between 60 and 90 percent.


I am in the process of commissioning "LIFELONG LEARNING CENTERS" in this region with the aim of introducing Distance Education to populations who otherwise are economically and geographically constrained in availing "Brick and Mortar" facilities available in urban centres.
I recently held a session with teachers, school management committee and students of 9th/10th class to demonstrate that world class education from school to university is feasible within the available resources of Government Model School Karimabad through Distant Learning. We have agreed to establish "SULTAN ALI SAMARQAND LIFELONG LEARNING CENTRE" - and open university) - in this school using the excellent system provided by PDCN and lying underutilized since installation. One of the computers will be used as a server for the proposed network and store following category of coaching material covering all the topics/sub-topics/specialty in which any interested person (irrespective of gender) wishes to educate or upgrade his/her skills.

Comments by Muhammad Din, Vice Principal:

"The main objectives of this Centre are as under:
1 To provide FREE quality education at doorsteps.
2 To enhance teaching quality of the schools.
3 To provide access to better coaching tools for teachers.
4 To access the coaching material of best educational institutions of the world.
5 To avail the opportunity of free education available on inter-net around the world.
6 To enhance the LIFE SKILLS of educated population and provide LIFELONG LEARNING opportunities.

EDIP - Educational Development and Improvement Programme - of PDCN Gilgit working in this has established this facility in 2010 in this school as LRS - Learning Resource Centre - for the school as well as for few other feeding units of this school. Its main objective being enhancement of quality of teaching learning and to provide missing facilities specially IT related gadgets and equipment. More than ten brand new computers have been provided along with the DSL connectivity. Other facilities student chairs, and teaching kits for all the teachers of LRS and short/long courses arrangements have also been made at PDCN Gilgit and IED Karachi. This computer system was not operational for the last nearly one year due to some inevitable circumstances. But after brigadier’s intervention we have a bright chance to use this facility for multiple purposes in the best interest of students in particular and teachers in general. Educated general public of the locality will also take benefit according to the schedules.

Although the facility is available 24-hrs a day, it is being planned that SASLLC and Open University, be open at least for 12 hours daily. Mr. KARIM KHAN has been requested to facilitate this Centre from 9 am to 3 pm and office has moved to this Centre. TKN volunteers will look after the centre from 3:00 pm to 8.00 pm daily. An income generation mechanism will enable the school to offer a compensation package for the time taken by these volunteers. Mohd din, A.H/M will assume the role of Honrary VC of this facility while Mr Karim Khan and Mr Aurangzeb will act in the capacity of DEANs. An Academic council will also be formed very soon."
What resources will I need for this mode of education?
All you need is willingness to think and learn.
APPEAL: All readers blessed with knowledge, experience and skills are requested to send either a file or a link - on the mail address listed below (missing addresses will be communicated later by Mr. Mohammad Din Vice Principal and Honorary Vice Chancellor of the Center/Open University) - from which following category of coaching material suitable for ECD through university education and or upgrading of life skills can be downloaded. Kindly go to reliable sources such as 500 best universities of the world and their distant learning programs on this CONSORTIUM OR LINK , LINK2.
GUIDELINE from Mr Marcela Morales Community Relations Manager & Open Education Specialist

"Dear Hisamullah,
Thank you for your interest in the Open Course Ware Consortium courses and congratulations on your eagerness of using OERs in your facility. We would be delighted to know you have find them useful for your community.
To review the courses available in our database you may use our course search engine: You’ll be able to browse by course, language or source. Just fill in the search terms you need and the available options will appear. Once you find a course you are interested in, all you have to do is download the material and start learning and sharing. You do not need to register, nor you will be monitored, OpenCorseWare is designed to be a self learning experience. 
I realize you have some connectivity issues, unfortunately the only way you’ll be able to use the materials offline is if you have at least a few minutes of electricity/internet to download the materials. Once you have them locally you’ll be able to use them as many times as you’d like. 
Happy teaching & learning! =)
Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
With warm regards,
Marcela Morales
Community Relations Manager & Open Education Specialist
phone. +52(81) 8421.3334
skype. arqmmorales
ALISON — MOOCs & Redefining Education for the Next Generation
Speech by ALISON CEO & Founder, Mike Feerick, YEO, Washington DC Sept 12th 2013

Dear Hisamullah, 

Education and learning need to be set free - and new education and communication technologies now make this possible. 

At a recent conference on Youth Employment Opportunities held in Washington DC, USA, our Founder and CEO Mike Feerick was invited to speak about the exciting possibilities before us. He talked about many familiar topics, from youth unemployment, empowering women, reaching the 5 Billion, overcoming the teacher shortage, to how our attitude to dynamic competency-based certification and innovation radically needs to change. 

Above all, Feerick outlines how free education can become universal, dynamic and empowering, if we allow new educational opportunities and methodologies to flourish. 

Click on this link or the above screenshot to visit the video. If you agree with Mike's views, please share with your friends and contacts!
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The mission of ALISON is to enable anyone, anywhere, to educate themselves for free via interactive self-paced multimedia.
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The learning Center will have following category of coaching material for any of the topics/subtropics/ specialty selected by the student:

1. Video/Audio Lectures
2. Lecture Notes
3. Online Text Books
4. Student Work
5. Assignments and solutions
9. Assessments
10. Interactive Simulations
11. Transcript of Lectures
12. Virtual experiments 
{Head PDCN, DD Education, Principal, Two DEANS, SMC}

Session,-4, Briefing of Teachers, Head Teachers and Interested Citizens at Hasigawa Memorial Public School and College Karimabad, Hunza

SESSION-5: Student at home joining a course on "Sustainable Development"
ECD-I            Ms. Yasmin Naeem E-Mail _______ Ms. Yasmin Shah E-Mail _________________
ECD-II           Ms. Fazila E-Mail ______________ Ms. Parveen E-Mail ______________________
Class- 1           Ms. Shakila E-Mail ____________ Ms. Meher E-Mail ____________________
a.                  Ms. YasminSalim        E-Mail
b.                  ShabnumBano E-Mail ___________________
            a.         Ms. NaseemBano        E-Mail
            a.         Ms. Almas                   E-Mail
            a.         Ms. Uzma                    E-Mail ______________________
            a.         Mr. Kulani                   E-Mail
            a.         Mr. Amin Khan            E-Mail
            a.         Mr. JavedKarim                      E-Mail

            a.         Mr. SarwarHussain     E-Mail _______________________
            b.         Mr. AurangZeb           E-Mail
            a.         Mr. KaleemullahBaig              E-Mail
            b.         Mr. Mohammad Ali                E-Mail
            a.         Mr. Murad Khan                     E-Mail
            b.         Khan Ghulwai                          E. Mail
            c          MashghoolAlam                      E.Mail
            a.         Mr. Mussaullah Khan              E-Mail

5. Univerity : For a guide on university level topics subtopics and Speciality see the list below, may visit this link: ; For any other courses/universities that a student wishes to avail you can go through: 
a) Mr. Karim Khan Hon DEAN Business, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Science,
Society, Teaching and Education E-Mail:, 
b) Mr. Aurangzeb Hon Dean Energy, Engineering, Health and Medicine, Mathematics, Science
NOTE: CC Mail address for all mails.
Mr. Tawakal Muhammad (Principal) E-mail:
Mr. Mohammad Din (Vice Principal and Hon VC) E-Mail
Please note that audio, video, and some other special files are not included in the download zip package in order to keep these files a manageable size. You can download these files through links provided in the course. 
Example of how a large file can be communicated:
This is a large file and can not be attached with normal mail, hence I have resorted to send it to you through "Google Drive" It can also be sent through MSN "Sky Drive". Please educate all users of SASLLC.

Some audio and video lectures are also available through MIT's iTunes U and YouTube sites. 
Is it possible to save the video files to a disk or to my hard drive? 
Some of our videos are available on YouTube. Download is not available for these files. To see the complete collection, visit and this link LIST OF AUDIO VIDEO LECTURES
iTunes U 
Links to our videos on iTunes U require Apple's free iTunes application. If you have this application, these links will automatically open it. Once you have iTunes open, you can download a single lecture by selecting "Get Movie," or the entire course by selecting "Get Tracks." Once you've downloaded these lectures, iTunes will automatically add it to your library. 
Internet Archive 
Some OCW videos are available on Internet Archive as both MP4 and Real Media files (and a few other types provided by Internet Archive, such as OGG). To download these, right+click on the link (MP4 or RM) and select "Save Link As." To watch MP4 files, you need QuickTime. Real Media files require Real Player.
Is the MIT OpenCourseWare site compliant with W3C standards and accessibility requirements?
The templates we designed for our content management system (CMS) are both valid HTML 4.01 and meet Sec. 508 & WCAG AA Web Accessibility
recommendations. Our style guide has been revised to include validating and checking the accessibility of HTML as part of the authoring process. Our standards require all images on our web pages to contain ALT attributes. Our data tables contain heavy use of the scope and headers attributes that make it easier to navigate using screenreaders such as JAWS. We spend a lot of time on the accessibility of PDFs. As part of our conversion process we remove any PDFs using Type 3 or bitmapped fonts. We use Adobe's "Make Accessible" plugin before finalizing the document. We work closely with the MIT Adaptive Technology for Information and Computing Lab to ensure that the MIT OpenCourseWare course sites are as accessible as possible. As resources permit, we create transcripts and subtitles for our lecture videos. Approximately half of our lecture videos now contain transcripts. These are identified on each course home page under "Course Features."
What information does MIT OpenCourseWare collect from visitors to the site?
The information we collect from visitors helps us improve the MIT OpenCourseWare site, and assists us in evaluating the access, use, and impact of MIT OpenCourseWare on the worldwide educational community. MIT OpenCourseWare collects the following information from visitors: Information You Provide: We receive and store any information you enter on the MIT OpenCourseWare Web site or give us in any other way. You provide most such information when you submit feedback on the site, contact us by e-mail, or agree to participate in a visitor survey. This information may include your name and e-mail address, your academic status, your institution, your geographic region, how you are using MIT OpenCourseWare, and what you think of the site. In all cases, any information you provide is strictly optional and voluntary, and you may choose to use the MIT OpenCourseWare site without ever providing this information. If you voluntarily provide your e-mail address or other contact information, we will not share personal information with anyone without first requesting your explicit permission to do so.

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23 Leo, April 11, 2012 at 5:29 a.m.:
all right folks, here are some tips about downloading the videos and subs. 1) you can go, and click the link then you'll see the video window, there are some buttons behind it, if your brain serves you well you'll find the "Download this Video opinion". in some cases you can directly go iTunes U and search the relevant videos, or go to Youtube MIT channel you sure will find them as well sorry i cant upload some pics there.
well, there are several ways to get them, how can i put that? well, here i introduce the easiest one,, watch this video then you'll figure it out. of course you can use Google Chrome inspect element to find the sub and convert it to SRT file but that could be kinda tough.
that's it, hoping it could be helpful.

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Fine Arts:(SUB TOPIC):
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Music (Speciality):
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Theatrical Design

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Film and Video
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1. Introduction to Humanities
The "Humanities is not one specific subject, but many things: philosophy and cinema, studies of science, of religion, of society; literature and poetry; history and culture. The material in this course is designed to help the students to begin exploring their own ideas, as critical thinkers, critical readers, and critical writers. In this course the students look at past, present and imaginary cultures, across times, and space, and people. Students learn to "interpret" by understanding different possible perspectives of the texts they read. 

2. Individual and Society 
Relationship between individuals and society has been part of the debate across many humanities and social sciences disciplines such as anthropology, history, literature, philosophy and sociology. This course focuses on the issue of individual and society in the light of individual and social identity formation, gender, science, technology and ethics, individuality and religion, and natural environment. The course will examine ideas from diverse writers of Asian, western and/or Islamic backgrounds, where students will have an opportunity to address contemporary issues that have an impact on their lives. 
3. Identifying Civil Society
Identifying civil society, exploring its roots in history, literature, religion and society is a need that has been felt more in the late twentieth and the twenty first centuries than at any other time in human history. This need to identify, establish, and root civil society in every modern state is being met by scholars, politicians,Professionals, citizens, as well as students. Through enrolling in this course, students will get an opportunity to examine the concepts of civil society, the alternatives to it, and the value humanity sees in it. Some of the questions that will be addressed are: What is civil society? How has the concept of civil society evolved in recent human history? Is respect for universal human rights the foundation for civil society? 

4. Negotiating Human Nature
Most transactions in the market, at work, and at home are more or less based on our understanding of human nature. Directly or indirectly we rationalize our decisions on the basis of human nature. This course therefore, allows the participants to explore the concept of human nature through reading texts gathered from diverse cultures, perspectives, and ideologies. There is no absolute agreement on what is human nature. However there is serious debate on human nature that involves philosophers, ideologues, artists, social scientists and theologians. It is therefore, necessary for people from different backgrounds to come to a negotiated agreement on what constitutes human nature. This course allows the participants to become part of that negotiation on human nature.

5. Seeking Social Justice

This course introduces diverse ideas of justice and examines how these ideas on justice guide societies and communities. By examining these conceptions and comparing them with the ideas presented in the texts and in discussions in media, at home, and in classroom, the participants will have the opportunity to see patterns of justice and injustice that guide and order communal life. A critical examination of social justice by each and every citizen remains the only possibility for achieving it in any society. The course promotes the development of a keen sense of social justice and recognizes the need for responsible citizenry for better world for all of us. 

6. Tradition and Change
All societies and cultures, as well as individuals, are in a process of change. We are always evolving, always becoming new and reacting into the future. Our ideas and our imaginations encourage us to assess our present situation and what our future might be. The knowledge, way of life and cultural habits, and experiences of the past become a tradition that is handed on to us. With tradition, we shape the present, and finally the future. In this course, the dynamics of tradition and change will be examined through the six themes: 

(1) The creation of traditions,
(2) religious innovation, 
(3) tradition as nostalgia, 
(4) urban traditions, 
(5) tradition vs. modernity, and 
(6) globalization and traditions. 

Understanding the role and place of tradition in daily life will enable us to be rooted in our culture without becoming trapped and locked into it.

7. Rhythm and Movement
The rhythm and Movement course will explore the great influence music has had on shaping human society and history. The main purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to dance and music as important disciplines within the humanities and to debate basic ideas related to the art's aesthetics. All the materials presented in this course are selected from different cultures and civilizations (Europe, America, Russia, some Muslim countries, and India, among others) that gave had direct or indirect links to the history and contemporary life of Central Asia. This course will allow the participants to freely question existing musical forms, groups, and ensembles and to challenge the ruling cultural, traditional and political attitudes concerning issues of professional or local musical performance, self expression, and the responsibilities of musicians to society. 
Also read the concept of HCF.

8. Art as Appreciation
Most people appreciate art and/or critique art but few people understand what that appreciation or critique means. This course offers an opportunity to appreciate and understand art through a discussion on the various aesthetics propounded by artists, critics, philosophers and writers. At various times art has been defined as something sacred, beautiful, intuitive, political or experiential. We will address each of these definitions. Participants in this class will present and defend their own views on visual arts. They will get an opportunity to visit an art gallery, talk to local artists and watch films on famous artists. The aim of this course, therefore, is not about gaining knowledge of art history but simply of understanding the various responses to it and the relative benefits of that understanding.

To reach the broadest spectrum of learners possible, UCA will offer a range of internationally recognized academic programmes