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The Bird’s Eye View of Laptop Distribution in KEMU

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This blog was published in KemUnited on 9th April 2012.

By Farkhanda Qaiser

Getting those DELL Inspiron N4050 laptops wasn’t as easy as it may sound. Here’s an in-depth analysis of what conspired both on-screen and backstage. There’ll be many an interesting tale never made public before. So read on and enjoy…!

In KEMU, it all started in the first week of March with a top-notch meeting of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asad Aslam Khan with the Presidents

and Executive Members of all societies. And a whirl of activity followed soon afterwards. There was alot to be done and little time at hand because the laptop distribution ceremony had been scheduled right after the Sports Week. Majority of workload fell on the frail shoulders of KAPS – managing the decor of the entire event as well as training the kemcolian choir. Whereas KEDS provided the speakers for hosting and speeches. All the organizers worked day and night to make this event a success. Yet they couldn’t bear to miss the Clash of Titans i.e. the Pakistan-India Cricket match. (VC hadn’t spared the organizers even on a sunday) so they decided to live-stream the entire match by using KEMCANNA wifi and watching the action on a projector set up in the library hall. However all their planning came to naught as the wifi failed them on a crucial moment. Even the VC was disappointed at this mishap. He seemed to avid supporter of the Pakistani team. (well who’s not when it comes to a match against arch-rivals!).

During the last days before the big event, the organizers often stayed back in university till 12 or 1 at night. Once VC even took them for a dinner to Salt n’ Pepper to reward them for all their hard work. (wow…!) And ofcourse how can we forget the furtive renovation of buildings of KEMU with a hastily put up “Shahbaz Research Centre” being the highlight. and finally some much-needed separate washrooms for girls and boys were also built (at the back of Exam branch or so I’ve heard).

Then came along the notorious ‘Undertaking forms’ and the various official documents that had to be attested. For 2 days before the ceremony, KEMU patiala block was flooded with scores of people hovering around the ‘dreaded’ notice boards while the boys adorned the benches in the tented ground. All waiting for an announcement about the registration numbers and the beginning of dispatch of forms. They were to be disappointed time and again. The first day the buses left at 6 pm and still the undertaking forms were nowhere in sight. However the next day brought some good news with the first onset of ‘shoving-you-out-of-your-ribcage’ phenomena. Trust me, the crowd’s reaction was worse than it is during the announcement of the result of PROFS (on the same notice board). Then there were the Street Art people roaming around in their “World record holder” shirts. They had just finished painting the world’s largest painting in the National Hockey Stadium and now expected to be treated likewise by being given an easier excess to the front of the queue. But not to be…!

There was also the racket of the girl organizers having to wear white shalwar kameez with maroon dupattas and the boys to don the maroon coats with white shirts. While the dress may have been easily accessible to the boys (as many happen to be ravians) but the girls were much perturbed. Some hastily got them stitched at double prices. Others were seen borrowing them from their younger sisters or the younger sisters of the cousins of their friends. While still others were seen hovering around the Nursing hostel pleading with the nurses to lend them their dresses for a day…!

After much ado, finally the big day arrived. The VC being the cheif organizer was often seen shuffling around the ground where the arrangements were being made. Some KAPS girls actually hammered in nails onto the trees to fix the ‘WELCOME TO KEMU’ banners. Whereas the KAPS boys were given the job of blowing the green and white ballons (which sadly deflated before the evening could even kick off). At around 6 pm, the flag party gathered to welcome the Cheif Minister of Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif. However they were much disappointed to see that his son Hamza Shahbaz had come instead.

“Kemcolians are always let down by the CM.”

Many were seen opining as even on the 150th celebrations of KEMU, Hamza had come instead of his illustrious father. Is KE not good enough for the CM or what? Anyhow disgruntled

as they were, yet the flag party still escorted the chief guest to the stage. After which the ceremony was officially inaugurated by the hosts Rabia Zia and Usama Talib. Then the recitation of Holy Quran and Naat took place. Among the highlights of the event were the address by the VC and Khawaja Saad Rafique; speech by Sidrah Latif and the national songs sung by the choir. The crowd seemed to love the songs and were seen singing along with them on the tunes of “Is parcham k saaye tale hum ek hain, hum ek hain” and many others. The most amazing sight was that of Dr. Awais of physiology waving the Pakistani flags and dancing to the songs in the middle of the ground. He greatly energized everyone. Some guys stood up on their seats to sing and dance. It was definitely a wonderful sight and one of the rare displays of our love for our motherland. For me, this was the most precious moment of the day…! We may complain about the Punjab Government squandering the public money for political purposes but this same government brought the 6000 crowd together on a single platform..he objective may have been to get laptops however the KEMU organizing committee must be commended for putting together such a wholesome event. We were jubiliant. We were exhilarated. Not just to get laptops but also to be kemcolians…and most importantly to be Pakistanis…!

Some enthusiastic political minded students didn’t let this opportunity go out of hand. They were seen wearing the Shahbaz Sharif shirs and caps while others wore teh Imran Khan ones. At times they even broke out into slogans in support of PTI. However this was an unnecessary gesture that could’ve been done without. Rumor has it that strict action was taken against these students.

Then there were also those unlucky students who were denied their rightful share of laptops because they’d had supply in their Final exams. VC and Prof.Dr Farid were seen pleading their case in front of the CM team emphasizing that a supply in medical is not the same as elsewhere. It’s much more common and less stereotypical in nature. Even a seemingly brilliant student can get a supply on account of bad luck or nerves. Eventually their demands were met and the Punjab Gov agreed to also present laptops to these unfortunate people.

Moving on to the highest respect which was bestowed upon the brilliant students of KE…yes I’m talking about the profound guard of honor that was given to them. This was another amazing experience. People stood on their seats to get a good view as the myriad of media people and their cameras hid much from view. Our joy knew no bounds at being given so much respect for all our hard work. If only, doctors were as respected at other times too.

Then came the big moment that all had been waiting for. The time for the distribution of the laptops. The top 5 students of every class were to be called to stage and given away the laptops by the chief guest Hamza Shahbaz. Whereas 5 booths had been set up for the remaining students. The PA of Hamza Shahbaz asked the host to make this announcement. And once the word was out, the audience rushed to their respective booths in patiala without waiting for the chief guest to leave first or make a speech if there was any. The organizers kept trying to woo back everyone but to no avail. This may have been the biggest mishap of the event yet the CM team had an equal hand in it. They shouldv’e been more clear about their intentions in the first place.

While the toppers received their laptops on stage, the crowd rushed to their respective booths to be the first ones to get the laptops. Many lines were made outside the booth. Infact one too many. So much so that they didn’t appear to be queues any longer. However the boys proved to be more disciplined as they are less in number (in KEMU atleast. For every boy, there are 3 girls). At booth 3, a serious fight broke out which led to the booth being closed until decorum was maintained. Actually there were around 400 people at each booth which was too much to handle. Some students received their laptops as late as 11 pm. The KE buses left really late that night. When the media asked these students to record their protest, surprisingly they refused (usually we happen to be a nation content at complaining but not that day). Instead the girls started singing “hum zinda quom hain, hum painda quom hain.” and that literally shut the media up…!

Now we know that CM Shahbaz Sharif was giving out 110,000 laptops worth Rs. 4 billion. but we didn’t know was that the laptops would be in 2 colors -black for boys and red for girls. However the kemcolian guys proved to be an exception to the rule. Some of them wanted the red ones. Considering the fact that the female population at KE is far more, the corresponding number of red laptops was really less. So that saw most of the girls begging boys to exchange laptops with them. However many were not granted their wish. So they learnt to be happy with their black ones instead…!

And so a much happening day came to an end…!

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Dengue in Schools

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So all educational institutions in Lahore have been closed down for 10 days starting from 15th September due to the deadly Dengue

Woaah…go back…All institutions? NO, no, no…not All…there’s one left and that is none other than King Edward Medical University…well yes, somehow it’s thought that we the kemcolians are made of thicker skin so dengue can’t affect us and thus no holidays for us at all…! Today, even UHS delayed the profs of all medical colleges but the administration of KE still didn’t budge….!

Seriously, it’s no laughing matter at all…! The dengue epidemic is a very serious one and more so in the present local conditions when dozens of people are dying daily around us. Therefore keeping all this in mind the Punjab Government had declared official holidays…I wonder why KE is not following this order…

KEMCOLIAN CHRONICLES (PART 2)

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 This post was published in KELLOGS on 10/4/2011

By Farkhanda Qaiser

The next one on the list is ‘The Lahore Museum.’ HEY no…!! I’m not about to commence on a lecture about arts and craft and how we should value our glorious past! We all have studied that in our history books.

Instead I will give you a detailed account of how my first and only trip (after coming to ke) to the museum turned out to be. And also the things to look out for.
The first shock awaited us at the entrance when the plump ticket guy told us that no cameras and mobiles are allowed inside. I mean, what gibberish he was uttering…! We had come on a fun trip and he expected us to go without taking any pictures and thus any memories to show off to those of our friends who hadn’t turned up…! He seriously needed some lectures on girls-with-digital cam psychology. And I had a mind of doing just that when my panicked friends decided to restrain me by buying me a kid ticket! Well yes, I got that colorful, small and cheap one while all others got that boring and expensive adult ticket. Good, atleast the plump man had learnt one lesson to appease angry girls. Give a discount…! Aaah yes discount was the magic word that did it for me and I agreed to forgive the poor uncle who was just doing his job.
Then we entered the majestic and ancient museum that gave you the feeling of a church.
(you’d understand what I mean, if you’ve been to a church) The far-away roof, the red brick walls, the tall standing mighty pillars and the emptiness of it all. You could shout and your voice would echo. I actually felt like playing ‘pakran pakrai’ because there was just so much empty space but then my eyes fell on the handsome Mughal Emperor, Babur! Lo and Behold! If crush at first sight actually exists then this was my moment of experiencing it first hand! His portrait had been engraved on elephant teeth. And he looked so dashing and royal that he took my breath away (figuratively speake ing) It was definitely hard to believe that he had fought all those battles of Panipat and many more. Anyhow as we were running short of time so we (I) had to move on grudgingly. We saw some more portraits of Mughals. Our medical knowledge definitely helped us here. We diagnosed Sher Shah Suri and Mumtaz Mahal with Down’s syndrome. Poor people, they never even knew they had an extra chromosome! Then we saw a thoracopagus vase (we had recently taken our Profs so all the pagus kids were definitely in our mind). Actually 3 vases were joined at the imaginary thoracic level and thus our diagnosis. We got so excited at watching this vase that we started yelling ‘look, thoracopagus,’ ‘Omg! Thoracopagus!’ and nudging each other to have a peek at our discovery…! All our commotion definitely diverted the attention of the handful of people in the museum towards us. A group of school kids probably on a field trip even passed by us complaining of all sorts of ailments and pains saying, ‘gosh I have a severe headache,’ ‘my tummy ache is really bothering me’ and believe it or not a kid even had the audacity to say, ‘I need a cure for my heart ache!’
Heartache! Seriously what has the world come to! Little toddlers (okay not exactly toddlers but kids in early teens) were actually trying to flirt with grown up to-be lady doctors…! Tch tch. These Indian soaps have really corrupted the young minds…!
Shaking our heads, we moved on to the next section which was ‘The Islamic History.’
There were many old manuscripts of The Holy Quran which were elegantly handwritten. Personal possessions of The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) had also been preserved. Beautiful pottery and things of daily use of Muslims of that era fascinated us so much that we wished we could do that harry-potter-style-glass-vanishing-magic and run away with all that stuff…! But alas, we couldn’t!
Cursing our inability to do magic, we then proceeded to ‘The Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism’ sections. All sorts of statues awaited us here. The many-handed and many-headed gods of Hindus with their tongues protruding out; the Buddha in his meditating posture; the Holy cow; the snakes and finally each phase of the life of Buddha carved on stone. Very interesting, indeed!
However, now we were tiring and wanted to freshen up so started looking around for the washroom. Then one of us remembered spotting 2 doors, one of which was labeled ‘mastoorat’ and the other also had a similar sounding word. We automatically assumed that mastoorat would mean ‘washroom.’ Glad at having found a fancy alternate for the word washroom, we went around asking for the directions of ‘mastoorat’ only to find out later that mastoorat means ‘ladies’ and not washroom…! LOL
After having had a laugh at our faux pas, we strolled to the last section of the museum which was situated on the 1st floor. The Pakistan Movement. This part of the museum was definitely more developed as compared to the rest. The entire history was recounted in the form of pictures from that era. Both black and white and colorful. We finally got to see all those faces whom we only knew by names. Mohsin-ul-Mulk, Ameer Ali, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and other similar names. However one face particularly drew our attention and that was the face of Nawab Viqar-ul-Mulk who had a striking resemblance to the previous HOD of the Physiology Department of KEMU. We then pondered over the possible link between the two and ultimately reached a consensus that the HOD must be a descendent of Nawab saab.
Carrying this thought in mind and all the other wonderful memories of this trip to the Museum, we then headed towards our very own KEMU as we were getting late for the next lecture. Ah yes, back to the lectures!
However this trip ensured me of one thing. We must promote active learning of history in schools. This would definitely increase the interest of students in this boring subject. And one way of active learning is visiting such museums…!

Story of a Successful Campaign

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This article was published in KEMunited on 14/5/2011

By Farkhanda Qaiser (2nd Year) and Shafaq Tabassum (3rd Year)

From 3rd to 7th May 2011, SPWS with the collaboration of APPNA took the initiative to launch a unique yet interactive week long campaign to educate the general public especially patients and barbers about Hepatitis C. At the onset, it seemed like it would just be another seminar held by just another society: same old lectures listened by none, a good 3 hours spent sleeping in the air conditioned auditorium, followed by the long-awaited refreshments (this applies especially to the kemcolian guys =p ). However the actual story was quite the opposite.

Infact the project advisor, Ahmad Naseer and project director, Shafaq Tabassum ensured that it was so by organizing the following events for the campaign:

1) Interclass Poster competition

2) Interactive Seminar

3) Awareness Campaign in various wards of Mayo Hospital

4) Visit to the barbers and beauticians

They were helped in this task by 5 Project Managers and 20 Project Organizers who coordinated and meticulously organized all these activities.

Name of the Campaign:

After a lot of deliberation with the entire team of the project, it was decided to be:‘Beat Hepatitis C, Treat Hepatitis C Campaign’

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Colorful and eye catching charts, detailed notices and banners were pasted in all parts of the campus of KE.In addition, announcements were made in all classes to ensure that the message reached to the maximum number of people.

Poster Competition:

This was an exclusive attempt to spread awareness about Hepatitis C in a way that would appeal the general public. It was open to all students of KE. And Boy…did they show enthusiasm! All those innovative and artistic posters that kept pouring in the SPWS office in OPD 19 proved that kemcolians can surely paint as well as they do surgery or dissection (as applies to 1st and 2nd Year students).

The Judges for this competition were Madam Tauseef, the college artist, KE; Madam Sara from PIPO and Dr. Inamulhaq from Mayo Hospital, Lahore.

The judges’ criteria for this poster competition were:

Only hand made posters were allowed.

Caption was compulsory.

Poster should depict some aspect of hepatitis C (precautions, causes, outcome etc)

Poster should be understandable by general community.

All the participants definitely followed these rules and so their posters were displayed in the KE auditorium on the day of the seminar. The fact that people were seen taking pictures of these posters was proof enough that they were really liked by all.

The winners were:

Farah Huma (2nd Year)

Amber Batool (4th Year)

Rukhsaar Naseer (3rd Year)

 

2011 is definitely the year for 2nd year…! Getting first position in sports day skit then kaps video competition and then the 2 interclass photography competitions…! Wow..! 2nd Year truly rocks….!

Seminar:

The highlights of the seminar were an interactive lecture, quiz competition, multimedia educational videos and a superbly acted skit. The Chief Guest was the honorable Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Asad Aslam Khan. Among other distinguished guests were Prof Dr. Fareed (Registrar KEMU) and Prof Mahmood shaukat (prof of paed. surgery). All other professors were also invited to witness this great effort by the students.

After recitation from the Holy Quran, the hosts, Farkhanda Qaiser and Humaira Sarfraz officially inaugurated the seminar by showing an introductory video about SPWS and its achievements. Then there was a very informative lecture on the causes, symptoms and treatment of Hepatitis C by Dr Asif Mahmood, senior registrar, South Medical Ward. This lecture was followed by an interactive question & answer session with the audience. It was evidence enough that all the viewers had been attentively listening to their Professor’s lecture especially because it was aided by an interesting multimedia show.

However the best test of audience response was the subsequent quiz competition. Questions were shown on multimedia and audience given a chance to answer those questions. The main attraction was the gift hampers that were given to the winners and that encouraged a lot of students to actively participate in this competition.

This hyped up event was then proceeded by a video presentation about hepatitis C.

Then came the last and the best part of the seminar which was a very amusing skit acted and directed by students of MBBS 2nd Year. It highlighted the typical attitude of illiterate people towards social health workers whose task is to spread awareness of such infectious diseases as hepatitis C. After a series of events that included a reused blade at the local barber’s shop, the protagonist of the play contacted hepatitis C. He was then informed that this disease is very much curable and should have been prevented in the first place if all the precautions had been followed. Due to witty one liners and amazing acting, this play was a huge success among the audience.

And so this seminar ended after addresses by VC, Staff president and Staff Advisor. All of whom applauded the students on holding such a wonderful event.

Lastly refreshments were given to all.

Awareness Campaign:

Permission was granted by VC and M.S. to the team of Hepatitis C campaign to visit different wards of Mayo Hospital to spread awareness. 15 teams were formulated and 3 teams were sent to the wards daily. The following wards were covered,

4 surgical units

4 medical units

Urology (units 1 &2)

Dermatology (units 1 &2)

Psychiatry (Drug Addiction & Rehabilitation Centre + clinical psychology and child psychiatry floors)

Orthopedics (units 1 &2)

OPD (All rooms and laboratories)

Pathology labs.

Each team was led by one of the members of the organizing team. The total number of volunteers was about 150. They were first given instructions by their team leaders about the transmission, signs and symptoms, precautions, diet plan for hepatitis C patient, treatment and duties of medical and paramedical staff. Then these volunteers educated the patients, their relatives, nurses, ward boys and paramedical staff.

As most of these volunteers were 1st and 2nd year students so it was a totally new experience for them. Thus they were enthusiastic about interacting with patients and guiding them through their limited knowledge.Even the patients were eager to listen to these friendly young doctors and tell them all their past history of illnesses.

Moreover Posters about Hepatitis C were also displayed in all wards and brochures were distributed among all patients. All the organizers captured a lot of photographs of these memorable moments.

Total patients dealt with were 300. Out of them, 25 were HCV positive.

Thus another chapter of the Beat Hepatitis C, Treat Hepatitis C campaign came to an end.

Visit to Barbers and Beauticians:

A team of 6 Volunteers visited about 13 barbers (1 of them was HCV +) and 6 beauticians in the adjoining areas of Neela Gumbad and educated them about hepatitis C. Informative posters were also pasted in Anarkali.

An information desk has been established in SPWS office in opd 19, mayo for continous awareness of general public where APPNA hep c brouchers shall be available for patient education.

Thus a very extensive and well thought out awareness campaign was concluded at last. It is hoped that this event will have far reaching affects and will be a means of saving lives. Kudos to SPWS and APPNA!