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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Why FAST?

A batch-mate sent a message on MSN messenger a few days back. It's always nice to hear from old fellows, specially after 9 years :) Below is a snap of the chat; with due respect to FAST and its administration.
Note 1: It's not that I have something personal against FAST rather I am one of the proud alumni. I hold the institute dear to me to the extent that some of the most respected people for me are the teachers at FAST, who made me what I am today. Laster, when I was doing my Masters at Chalmers University of Technology, the coursework at FAST made me shine. But how can I not see the problems? In the words of Iqbal, "nala-e-bulbul sunoon or hamatan gosh rahoon?"
Note 2: I have made some modification to make the conversation a bit more understandable


One Guy says:
salam
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
Wa alailkum Assalam!
One Guy says:
do you remember what was the policy of gold medal for our batch ?
One Guy says:
or we didn't have any gold medal?
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
was there a policy? :)
One Guy says:
hehehheheheheheh
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
well, I, "A" and "B" were given gold medals
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
we had equal GPA's: 3.78
One Guy says:
why not you?
One Guy says:
actually i seen on nu.edu.pk website
One Guy says:
they listed positions holders for every year
One Guy says:
and now a days...they have 1st , 2nd third postion
One Guy says:
but in our time they have something else....
One Guy says:
so if no person have more then 3.8 then no gold medal
One Guy says:
am i right?
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
give me the link
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
yes, you are right...there used to be something like 3.8...but still they have 3 medals to our batch
One Guy says:
http://nu.edu.pk/MedalHolders.aspx
One Guy says:
check this out....
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
you can see that 3 names are mentioned for gold in year 1998
One Guy says:
we have olympic style medal...silver bronze etc...
One Guy says:
i got Alumunium one
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
that's great :D
One Guy says:
i remebered may be wrong
One Guy says:
you got more GPA then naveen?
One Guy says:
Sr.# Roll No Name Medal
1 98-0858 Hamid Shahid Gold
2 98-0958 Muhammad Ali Shah Gold
3 98-0976 Muhammad Imran Saeed Gold
4 98-0931 Rizwan Hassan Silver
5 98-0889 Naveen Anwar Bronze
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
sub bakwas hai bhai...yes, I got more gpa
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
but you know how they give gpa
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
there used to be a random number generator
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
which assigned random gpa's to people
One Guy says:
yes i belived on this otherwise you know
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
on a serious note, results submitted by external faculty were always manipulated by the trio
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
why digging this out after 9 years?
One Guy says:
other then me who else can come in top most position
One Guy says:
actually....i saq Mr.Rizwan Rajwani picture on road
One Guy says:
on sign board with NU-FAST Ad
One Guy says:
they put ad on roads....ad different location in city beside tooth paste ads...
jaywalker v4.7.3 says:
acha, ok :)
One Guy says:
then i check website and came to know the positin holders list
One Guy says:
kher leave it...actually we know real things that's enough..........

Note 3: There are actually 8 photos of alumni on such billboards; 3 of them are from my batch: Rizwan Ravjani (now in Standard Chartered Bank), Rehan Abdul Ghaffar (now in Unilever) and Naveed Bajwa (now in Microsoft)---all having nice positions within Pakistan.


Finally, I got hold of the billboard snap. See it below.