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Author: Mahnoor Abdullah

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Mahnoor Abdullah

Pragmatic with a knack for emotive overthinking. Hoping to make a career in science. Could spend endless days with coffee and books in a Hole.


An interview with Vax Scene Conducted by Hilal Khan and Adil Ali Tariq in October 2021 Hilal: So, the first question is that how and why the campaign, “Vax Scene” started? Tell us about the origin of the campaign. Tauheed: So, we have a course for community service learning in our university. In that, we need to do a project that’s related to community service. We wanted to do something that was not only relevant but needed in the current time. So, we decided on something that was, I think, the most relevant and a hot topic of debate in Pakistani society at the time. And something that was both a scientific issue and a social issue, which is vaccination. We wanted to do a campaign that would spread awareness about vaccines, not forcing people to get vaccinated, but educating them so they can make a better and informed decision for themselves. Adil: We have learned about the origin of “Vax Scene”. What was the main motivation behind this? Zoha: The main motivation was basically scientific communication because people are not much aware of vaccination and its importance. They do not know how vaccines are made, how they work. And probably that’s the biggest reason why they’re hesitant to get vaccinated. Tauheed: Another main motivating factor was the fact that we did, based on preliminary surveys, find out that...

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Beyond Paper : Doodh Patti – Chasing stories

An interview with Doodh Patti Conducted by Hilal Khan and Mahnoor Abdullah Mahnoor: So, Doodh Patti, what is “Doodh Patti’? Hassan: It’s like chai. Mahnoor: Why is it ‘Doodh Patti’ and not karak chai? Aetazaz: Because Jaffar Abbas named it that way. Our first manager. He was the first person to really have faith in what Abdullah and I were doing as individuals. Before that we were working on our own and of course there was Najam and Sir Salman, but Jaffar was the first person to have faith in the fact that we could create good stuff. That is why our first proper gig was for NEC Earth Day which is just unforgettable. Abdullah: That was the first time we performed Yaadon ka samandar, an original. Hassan: This was before I was in NUST Hilal: There must be some motivation behind naming your band ‘Doodh Patti’ . What was that? Hassan: To understand that you must first understand ‘Ajooba’ Aetazaz: Yes. Everything that we have done is very personal to us. When I came to NUST, I was sure of one thing and that was to do music. I didn’t know back then that whether I would ever take the path towards becoming a songwriter or how I would pop out as a vocalist or what my strengths or weaknesses were.  I knew nothing. All I knew was...

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The 7th episode of “Dunya k rang, NUST k sang”, hosted by Adil Ali Tariq, featured Miss Mahum Erkin, a NUSTian from SADA, the batch of 2019, who is the CEO & founder of the Yardim Foundation, an NGO striving to bring about positive change in society. Mahum told the audience about the origins of her NGO. The word “Yardim” itself is Turkish and means “help”. Yardim was started by Mahum alongside her sister, who is a dentist, with the motivation behind starting it was providing help to the underprivileged and those in need. Their pioneer projects include providing...

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Despite the gruesome halt that COVID-19 has put on the world’s progress, every cloud has a silver lining, and we should know that the challenges we put up with today, only make us stronger. With this essence, NMC was back again with another episode of it’s exciting talk show ‘Duniya kay rung, NUST kay sung’. This session was held on the 19th of May and hosted by our very own Ayesha Shahzad, who enlightened and enkindled us with the accomplishments and achievements of our guest Ms. Faiqa Zafar, a very talented, charismatic, and visionary student of NUST. Faiqa is...

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365 days, counting and still locked down

The world around us might seem to be returning to normal or whatever version of normal we now have, but things on campus are just as they were this past fall semester. The hostelite and day scholar segregation continued. We returned on campus for the end-semester exams and just after the weekend, commenced the new semester. It feels like we are in a time warp, leaving the campus as sophomores and coming back as juniors and now back to DL classes yet again, experiencing loss, isolation, canceled plans, frustration even gratitude for whatever we have to hold on to....

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