HEC’s projects in remote areas
SINCE its inception, HEC (Higher Education Commission) has played a pivotal and laudable role in promotion of higher education. Because of its efforts and support programmes, many students are acquiring doctorate degrees in different disciplines both at home and abroad. The Commission’s future plans of promoting the higher education in far flung and remote areas is another appreciable step that would greatly help bridge the gap between underdeveloped and developed areas and remove the sense of deprivation of people in backward areas.
According to reports, government has earmarked twenty two billion rupees for various HEC’s projects. Amongst the main projects that would be executed include the establishment of Gwadar and Baltistan universities as well as campus of Balochistan University in Zhob. Indeed, this is a significant and remarkable initiative, as it would help people of backward areas especially of Gwadar to take full advantage of multi-billion dollar CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) project. As we are hearing from both the Chinese friends and the government officials that the Gwadar port would become operational by the end of this year, therefore, it was imperative that youth of this area are equipped with modern and higher education so that they could exploit opportunities to be generated by the economic activities at the port. We have no doubt in mind that the port city would emerge as one of the most developed and modern cities in the next few years because of its geo-strategic location and taking along the youth of the area would help extract its true dividends. We believe that establishment of Gwadar University reflects government’s full determination towards the development of CPEC and the Gwadar port. We hope that more major initiatives would be launched in Gwadar and Balochistan to help remove grievances of the local people and to reap real fruits of the game changer CPEC project.
SEVERAL years ago, as one recalls, BBC World telecast a most interesting report on a demonstration in London arranged by dog-lovers. The raison d’etre was to denounce the South Korean practice of eating dog meat. The timing was determined by the fact that the football World Cup Championship that year had South Korea as a co-host. The demonstrators wanted dog meat off the menus of the South Korean restaurants during the World Cup Championship and, presumably, beyond.
What was striking in the telecast was that the contrary views of pro-Korea persons were also presented. The latter were shown arguing that a clear distinction needed to be made between ‘pet dogs’ and ‘dog meat’ that happened to be an item of food for several nations in the region. Just because certain canines were reared and loved as pets in the West did not mean that ‘a source of food’ should be banned. They pointed to the practice in certain Western countries of eating such items as frog legs served as a delicacy. If Koreans and others considered dog meat as a delicacy, it related to their eating habits and ‘that was hardly the concern of outsiders’.
Over the centuries, man has so diversified his eating habits as to make it nothing short of bizarre. Much like ‘haute couture’, ‘haute cuisine’ too has developed its kinky facets. A lot of these relate
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