GILGIT: During the last few years, students from Gilgit-Baltistan have been making exciting success stories which are means of music to our ears.
They give us hope and inspire the youngsters back in the region to move ahead with hard work and passion. Among such dedicated students and young professionals, Basharat Issa is another story-maker who has journeyed to London from Ghizar Yasin to pursue his graduate studies in islamic studies and humanities.
Basharat Issa recently graduated from Forman Christian College University (FCU), Lahore with a BS degree in Social Sciences majoring in Sociology and got successful in hunting the prestigious scholarship for his three-year master’s program. He is one of the very few selectees under this program i.e. Graduate Program in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH). Previously, he studied for a semester in the US through the Global Ugrad Exchange Program under USEFP.
Telling about his educational journey, he said that he got his primary education from D J High School Yasin and then he joined Al Sabah Sakura Academy for his middle-level education. From 2005 to 2010 he studied at AKHSS Gilgit along with active involvement in voluntary work and co-curricular activities. “Along with the degree of my primary education from my village Yasin, I got degrees of a shepherd and a farmer”, he added smilingly.
While reflecting on his entry into the social sciences, unlike engineering and medical, he said that he was least interested in studying natural sciences but due to the limited fields of choice at AKHSS, Gilgit, he had to opt for pre-medical in FSc. “I was the only student in the class who didn’t want to be a medical doctor making it clear while being asked about future that I wanted to study something in social sciences even not properly having an idea of what it exactly was but had deep interest to study something about societies, people, and their behavior.” he explained.
He elaborated his argument that he was more interested in community services, volunteered to teach, motivate and inspire students of the remotest areas in villages along with maintaining the interest through the habit of reading; resulting more focus on general readings as compared to the course material.
Was it easy for him to choose the unconventional path of social sciences as compared to other fields of medical, engineering or natural sciences? “No, not at all”, he said. “It was like making the hardest decision by going against the will and expectations of parents and even the society by not choosing the conventional career options; medical, engineering or armed forces. The most challenging situation of life faced in the time between making this decision and getting admission in a university as the students graduating from a prestigious school like AKHSS are highly expected to get into the top universities of the countries or to go for the professional degrees (medical and engineering) even from the mediocre universities of the country. I believe that this expectation which has almost turned into a myth is responsible for the waste of a huge talent of the region.” he added.
Following his dream of finding a suitable university where courses of his interest were being offered, Basharat Issa got admission at the renowned FC College Lahore. Having a deep liking for the liberal arts education system there, he pursued his studied with profound interest. During his last semester of the BS program, he applied for GPISH and got selected. Soon, after graduating from FC College, he started his further studies at IIS, London.
“I consider this achievement one of the indicators to measure the success of my goals but still there is a lot to achieve and the real achievement I believe is to contribute back in the community and struggle to make the world a better place to live in. The contribution of my family, friends and teachers can never be ignored in achieving all this” he said when he was asked how he had been feeling over this achievement.
In his message to youth around, he said, “My success story may not be too inspiring, but it is an example for all the ones who have a dream and want to turn in into reality. Today I find the quote of Walt Disney true that if you can dream it, you can do it! but I believe this can be only done if one sets some principles or values for his life and these values are too simple like being true and faithful to yourself, honesty, integrity and while living in a country like Pakistan we must inculcate the sense of responsibility through which, believe me, we can make a great difference to build the country in a better way”.