Category Archives: Education

Non Resident Pakistani (NRP) Summit: July 5-6, 2008, NYC

FYI. Added from forwarded message

Summit Logo

Dear Sir/Madam:

 I’m pleased to invite you to attend the first world-wide Non Resident Pakistani (NRP) Summit – 2008. This is the leading event of its kind, bringing together the most successful NRPs to a single event. This summit will take place at the Hilton Hotel in New York City on July 5th and 6th, 2008.
We note that inspired Non Resident Indians have justly contributed approximately 50% towards the growth and progress of
India. The Non Resident Chinese have contributed more than 75% to the growth of China. And Pakistan? No one really knows.  Our summit will serve as a platform where all those interested in doing business with Pakistan and in enhancing its growth and progress will meet to identify such opportunities.  The NRP SUMMIT – 2008 was established to develop the strategic insight to forge future growth and peaceful progress in Pakistan among NRPs and others interested in Pakistan’s growth.    We believe that you can make a valuable contribution to the Summit and also gain useful benefits from your presence at the Summit. Please contact us at 1-212-685-6243 or visit our website to register on line: to have your name added to the growing roster of attendees. 

In today’s world the importance of Pakistan is undeniable and without peace and progress in Pakistan, world safety is unattainable.

We look forward to your attendance at the NRP Summit – 2008.  



Mahmood Shaukat

NRP Summit Chairman & CEO


 375 Fifth Ave. 3rd Floor New York, NY 10016 T 212 685 6243 F 212 685 6924 |


Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day, 2008!

March 14

Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535… Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th.

Follow it here:

Top 100 Software Tools for Learning and Productivity

Oh, hey. I have been meaning to post this link for while. Here is a list of the top 100 software tools selected by learning professionals (i.e. people in the education community). Lots of free tools are listed here. Some will be quite familiar to you but others may be new.

The list is here.

I have tried out some of the less commonly known tools (i.e. tools other than WordPress, Skype, GoogleMaps, etc.).  Of these:

Audacity– the digital sound editing tool provides tremendous functionality and is also easy to use.

diigo– is a “social annotation” tool i.e. it lets you mark up web pages and share those marked-up pages with your friends and colleagues. Pretty useful for discussions about design and content though I really haven’t had a chance to use it (is that because I don’t have any friends )-:  ).

Tiddlywiki– is personal wiki tool i.e. you can download a wiki template and use it for creating hyperlinked documents. It is basically an html file with some Java Script and the template file size is only 269 kB. In essence you can do pretty much the same kind of stuff with Microsoft Word and its hyperlinking capability but Tiddlywiki is a bit easier to use in this manner, is free, and you only need a browser to use it.

You do know that there are MS Office-compatible free suites available, right? Some are listed in this Top 100 list; have a look.

Not quite a double helix: Watson on race and Crick on consciousness

Hi, I haven’t been posting much (too much “real” work and other activity (-:  )  but here are a few snippets that may interest you. (By the way, I post some material at Qiyas as well so you may want to drop in there too). 

You may have heard about DNA co-discoverer Jim Watson’s comments about differences in the intelligence of various races. Well, that has created quite a flap, as you can imagine. I have not followed the issue but the original remarks are reported here, and there are additional reports here, here, here, and here. In all of this brouhaha it is difficulty to tease apart science from prejudice from hype. You can listen to a discussion about this flap in the Guardian’s weekly science podcast.

Interestingly you can also listen to ideas about consciousness from Watson’s old colleague and DNA co-discoverer Francis Crick, in this podcast. Wonder what Crick thinks of Watson’s remarks.

His Last Lecture

Prof. Randy Pausch is living out the last few weeks of his life.

He is only 46.

Prof. Pausch is professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and co-founder of the CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), which is a collaboration of the School of Computer Science and the College of Fine Arts at CMU. ETC already has a branch campus in Adelaide, Australia, and will soon have branches in Korea and Singapore.

Prof. Pausch is also the director of Alice, a freely downloadable software system for teaching computer programming in a 3D graphical environment, and which will soon feature characters from the SIMS video game. He is also the creator of a project course on building immersive, interactive virtual worlds.

Prof. Pausch’s lecture is about achieving one’s childhood dreams. He really wrote the material for his three very young children but he also shared it with students, colleagues, and friends, more than 450 of whom came to hear him. You can listen to the lecture too, here.

Let’s salute the man – for his achievements and fortitude. May his days be filled with peace and love.

Science websites with Web 2.0 technology

I would like to bring two interesting websites to your notice.


The first one is called SciVee and is a joint offering of the the Public Liborary of Science (PLoS), the National Science Foundation, and the San Diego Supercomputing center. It allows scientists to publish papers and also to upload presentation videos that provide a guide to their work. It has been called a YouTube for scientists.

Explore SciVee here.


The second website called, nanoHUB, is devoted to nanotechnology and provides many resources to help people learn about it. It uses Web 2.0 technlogy to provide online presentations, animations, simulation tools that you can use (after free regsitration), and much more.

nanoHUB can be accessed here.

We are Virginia Tech. We will prevail.

VT    On Monday, 16 April, 2007, a gunman massacred 32 people on the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech; many were in class at that time. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go to the families of all the victims and the entire Virgina Tech community.

Visit the Virginia Tech site here and record your condolences here.

Reports from The Chronicle of Higher Education:

“Shortly after 8 o’clock Tuesday night, 10,000 students, faculty members, and local residents packed the Drillfield, a large grassy area in the center of the campus, for a candlelight vigil.

Near the makeshift stage sat a dozen wooden pyramids, waiting for mourners to write messages on them with pens and markers. One student wrote: “It will only make us think harder … play longer … run faster … live stronger.”

Adeel Khan, the student-body president, said, “With the entire country watching, the Virginia Tech community looks not to dwell but to heal.” As he spoke, the crowd, in unison, raised their candles overhead.

Zenobia Hikes, vice president for student affairs, urged students to “take care of yourselves, look out for each other.”

After the few speeches concluded, the crowd grew silent. Candles were again raised in the air. The only sound heard was the clicking of camera shutters. And then, for nearly 10 minutes, silence. ”  more …

“A large poster with the words “We are with VT” sits flanked by red and yellow roses at the main office of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering here. The department lost one of its professors, seven graduate students, and an undergraduate student in the massacre on Monday inside Norris Hall.

Those eight students — plus another who was not a civil-engineering major — and a professor, G.V. Loganathan, were killed in Norris 206, the classroom where Mr. Loganathan was teaching Advanced Hydrology. Five other students in the classroom survived, although some were injured, said William R. Knocke, chairman of the department.

Two other engineering professors in the department of engineering science and mechanics were also killed.

Mr. Knocke said his department planned to stop teaching Mr. Loganathan’s graduate course in which the nine students died. ” more …

Profiles of the slain

Some of those identified so far:

Ross Abdallah Alameddine
Hometown: Saugus, Massachusetts
Sophomore, University Studies
Student since fall 2005

Minal Hiralal Panchal (also here)
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Master’s student, Architecture
Student since fall 2006

Waleed Mohamed Shaalan
Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia (originally from Egypt)
Ph.D. student, Civil Engineering
Student since fall 2006  

G.V. Loganathan  (also here)

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Prof. Loganathan’s faculty webpage

Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan
Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia (originally from Indonesia)
Ph.D. student, Civil Engineering
Student since fall 2003

Reema Joseph Samaha
Hometown: Centreville, Virginia
Freshman, University Studies
Student since fall 2006

(Versions of Panchal’s and Loganathan’s profiles are posted on Sepia Mutiny as well).