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Prominent Scholar Professor Usman Ali Khan Passes Away

Gilgit-Baltistan’s prominent scholar, historian and educationist Usman Ali Khan has passed away in Rawalpindi. He is the author of many history related books like The Doleful Story of Gilgit, Shinalogy, Tribes of the Karakoram, Jilwa-e-Karakoram and Independence of Gilgit, etc. He was the son of Mohammad Yousuf, one of Gilgit’s earliest formal teachers.

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Prominent Scholar Professor Usman Ali Khan Passes Away

Gilgit-Baltistan‘s prominent scholar, historian and educationist Usman Ali Khan has passed away after a brief illness. The 86-year old scholar was admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Rawalpindi where he breathed his last. He is the author of many history related books like The Doleful Story of Gilgit, Shinalogy, Tribes of the Karakoram, Jilwa-e-Karakoram and Independence of Gilgit, etc. He was the son of Mohammad Yousuf, one of Gilgit’s earliest formal teachers.

He is the author of many history related books like The Doleful Story of Gilgit, Shinalogy, Tribes of the Karakoram, Jilwa-e-Karakoram and Independence of Gilgit, etc. He was the son of Mohammad Yousuf, one of Gilgit’s earliest formal teachers.

Professor Usman was the son of Mohammad Yousuf, one of Gilgit’s earliest formal teachers.

He has been associated with education department under different positions for 39 years before his retirement. He started his career as a teacher at Government High School Number 1 in Gilgit for eleven years before being appointed the Inspector Schools. Later he was promoted as District Inspector Schools. He had also served as a principal in Hunza, Skardu and Jutial, Gilgit.

Professor Usman appeared on the cover page of Educure magazine

Professor Usman appeared on the cover page of Educure magazine

In 2014, Professor Usman Ali Khan was featured on the cover of Educure’s third edition in the Urdu section. His interview gives a brief account of his educational and literary journey.

He will be laid to rest in his hometown of Gilgit.

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AKAH partners with KIU for Programs of Scientific and Technical Collaboration

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AKAH partners with KIU for Programs of Scientific and Technical Collaboration

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partners with the Karakoram
International University, Gilgit, for programs of scientific and technical collaborations to advance the state of living conditions and reduce the vulnerability of mountain communities.

This partnership will encourage and facilitate young researchers and development practitioners in the field of disaster management and related disciplines such as hazard identification and assessment, mitigation, preparedness socioeconomic vulnerability assessment, climate change
induced disasters, Glacier and Glacier lakes, radiation hazards in the built environment and area focused structural design.

A high-level meeting held between Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and Karakoram International University, at Gilgit on 29 May 2019 to discuss technical aspects of the partnership for information sharing, exchange of resources and provision of opportunities. The meeting followed by the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to advance the state of living conditions and reduces the vulnerability of mountain communities to natural disasters. The MoU was signed by the Vice Chancellor of KIU and the CEO of AKAH.

In his remarks Engr. Prof. Dr. Attaullah Shah, Vice Chancellor, Karakoram International University shared that “KIU is committed to making social development and evolution of peaceful and pluralistic societies in the mountainous areas of Pakistan. This formal linkage between the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and KIU will be considered vital to boost research
and technical cooperation by sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources”.

AKAH partners with KIU for Programs of Scientific and Technical Collaboration

“Dealing with the issues of climate change and ensuring a safe and sustainable human habitat in the mountain areas is a key challenge of our times. We believe this challenge can only be addressed through strong cooperation and synergy between public and private sector organizations including academia and the civil society through generation and sharing of

knowledge, experience and technical cooperation” emphasized by Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, CEO of AKAH while speaking to the occasion. He further added that “this partnership will provide KIU researchers the opportunity of a field laboratory in AKDN projects for applied research in areas of disaster management and climate change adaptation and mitigation which will ultimately contribute to improvement in the quality of life of the communities. He appreciated the support that the public sector organizations have extended to AKDN and termed this partnership another key step for the development of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.

In the past AKAH (AKPBS) jointly with KIU has worked on the development of skilled craftsmanship in Gilgit-Baltistan through joint programs.

Hundreds of craftspeople have benefited from the joint program and are benefitting communities with their learned skills.

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Zulfiqar Essa: Contending for the Hult Prize 2019 with a Million Dollar Idea

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Zulfiqar Essa

“My name is Zulfiqar Essa and I’m from Hyderabad, Hunza. I’m the co-founder of TechScape and previously have been awarded the Global UGRAD scholarship. Currently, I’m working on an idea called “Shirijon” which aims to create over 10,000 jobs in the next decade. I’m collaborating on this idea with my team members from Chitral, Punjab, and Germany.

Recently our idea got selected in the top 35 for HULT Prize 2019 from around two hundred thousand global applications received from across 120 countries. In the next round to be held in Amman, Jordan, we will be competing against young entrepreneurs from Harvard Business School, Cambridge, and other globally known institutions. Our idea is the very first Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) to make it to the regional round of HULT Prize.

Team Shirijon from COMSATS Islamabad - Hult Prize 2019

Our team from COMSATS University Islamabad is quite excited to participate in the 10th Annual Hult Prize Regional Summit in an attempt to win a $1 million USD as a seed fund. We think that this idea has the potential to change the economy of not only Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral but entire Pakistan as well.”

This story is part of the #GBCProspers campaign by GBee. Send your stories at editor[at]gbee.pk or inbox your story at our Facebook page.

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