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Atta ur Rahman

For An Educated Democracy

In earlier articles I have stressed the critically important role of education in the process of democracy. In Pakistan we have seen a sinister plot at work in which political parties have ensured that the majority of Pakistanis remain…

The Strange And The Wondrous

We live in an age where innovation determines progress. Truth has indeed become stranger than fiction. The remarkable manner in which innovation is transforming our lives can be seen in many examples. The blind can today see with their…

Catching The Corrupt

An unfortunate tradition that has brought the country to the brink of disaster has been that those who are at key positions in the government indulge in loot and plunder and then escape completely untouched by the government that follows…

Our National Shame

For the last five years a strange drama is being played out by the Election Commission of Pakistan to support the biggest crooks in the land. This relates to supporting hundreds of those parliamentarians that forged their degrees in order…

Accolades For A Scientist

On March 4, 2013 the Dr Atta-ur-Rahman Research Institute of Natural Product Discovery was inaugurated at the largest university in Malaysia: The Universiti Teknologi Mara. The university has about 200,000 students enrolled in over 20…

Education At The Doorstep

One of the most spectacular successes in Punjab in the last two years has gone almost unnoticed. This is the ‘almost’ complete elimination of dengue fever from Lahore and certain other parts of Punjab. This became possible due to the…

Enemies Within

The single most important factor that determines the fate of a nation and its state of socio-economic development is education. It is the scientists and engineers that are changing the world today. Indeed, it is the quality of education…

Winds Of Change (Part III)

The traumatic recent developments involving the long march to Islamabad of over a hundred thousand persons expressing their deep frustrations at the present political system reflect the agony of the people of Pakistan. Pakistan is sinking…

For A Different Democracy

Pakistan is today on the brink of being a failed state. Industries stand devastated because of the Rental Power Projects scam in which certain powerful persons have amassed tens of billions of rupees abroad. The government is buying…

The HEC Impact

The period between 2003 and 2008 saw amazing developments in the higher education sector of Pakistan, dramatically changing the landscape of our universities. In 2003, only 2.6 percent of youth in Pakistan aged 17 to 23 had access to higher…