Trip down the Memory Lane: UET Lahore

Posted on June 30, 2007
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UET Engineering Univeristy LahoreYesterday I saw her again. There she was ambling along as always at a stately pace dressed in her customary blue and gold. She stopped at the same place where we used to meet. I stared at her for an instant and our eyes met. But alas, it was only for an instant. I sped away and she turned her attention to the boy who was standing at the same place where once I stood waiting for her. She had formed a new relationship. Life had moved on, both for me and her. It was now jumping from one relationship to the other for both of us.

She was my University Bus. My constant companion for the five odd years that I spent in the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore. Her very sight brought back to me those long lost memories of some years back but which now seem eons ago. I still remember the day when it all started. My first day at the Engineering University. I stood there waiting for the bus. Some veteran travelers were there to keep me company. Yet I was lost in my own thoughts. Thoughts that had to do with what lay ahead. It was with these thoughts and mixed feelings of anticipation and dread that I boarded the bus for the very first time to be welcomed by the beat of popular Indian songs. Thus started an experience that was unique in every sense of the word. An experience which besides education, (Yes we did study in UET) taught a lot about life itself.

Coming back to the first trip and there was an immediate concern.

UET has always produced talented singers and actors and the seniors did not want to waste any time in unearthing the new talent. So in a time honored tradition the selection process started. Of course we called it fooling and devised ways and means to escape the talent hunt and generally failed. Then of course, there was the entertainment bit. To show our gratitude to be included in the scheme we had to entertain the hunters (pun intended). Some with a heart decided to give us a welcome form the money collected from us. But they were in a minority. This minority also dwindled when it was our turn to become talent spotters.

A 40 minutes ride and we were in the institution that was to be our abode until we became engineers ready to build a better world for others. We took our first tentative steps in the famous Library Chowk of the University – the cultural center of all the political and non political activities of the university. The library Chowk also served as the best place for fulfilling the sacred duty of appreciating the charms and graces of the fairer sex.

Thus started our days at UET. First day was spent in introduction to the variety of teachers who would be our mentors for the better part of our stay in the university.

One teacher in particular caught our fancy. He told us quite bluntly about the big mistake we had committed in choosing this university and on top of it having the misfortune of being in the Mechanical Department.

The real business then started. Classes of two hours each with a fifteen minute break in between solely on the discretion of the teacher. In time we also became acquainted with the antique lab equipment which would be used (or their use simulated) for the purpose of educating us.

Those were also the heady days of unbridled enthusiasm and political activity.

The nation’s first love affair with the Daughter of the East had just begun. With her came the end of ban on student unions. Clashes erupted in colleges and universities all over Punjab. Oddly enough our University was the only one not affected by it. Instead it resulted in mushrooming of student parties who really threatened to challenge the status quo. None captured the imagination of the students more than the Crazy Students Federation whose avowed aim was converting the concrete walls of Girls Common Room to glass walls. Providing comic relief to the otherwise serious campaign between the two main protagonists (QSF and Jamiat) it died its natural death. The elections being won by Quaid -i- Azam Students Federation – the only non political student group in the running.

The lifting of ban also opened the doors for the institutionalization of the various extra curricular activities of the university.

UET, despite all its drawbacks has always produced talent which any institution would be proud of. UETians have also been avowed social workers contributing more to the social and other causes than any other institution. The Engineers Blood Donors Organization became the official Blood Donors Society providing more blood to the needy than the more established societies of the Medical Colleges. Debaters from UET have always dominated the debating scene of Lahore. They got a platform to really launch themselves. Activities started in the University in form of street theater and debating competitions and it seemed that the university had at last shed off its notoriety and was ready to take on the world.

However, all good things must come to an end. The non violent atmosphere in the university did not suit the powers to be.

Violence erupted and a life was lost. A young student in the prime of his youth became a victim of a bullet fired by a barbarian. The university closed down. Precious time was lost – never to be regained. The powers achieved their objective. QSF was MSF now. Its non political character buried forever.

The life went on in the university. The student power remained unbridled as always. How else could one explain the students themselves deciding when to go for summer vacations and when to sit for exams. The only area where their writ did not hold was the actual holding of examination. They were fair and impartial. Even the bullies of the university had no choice but to pass them in a fair manner. Of course the threat of boycott was always there. But this was rarely used. Even then it was more of a protest action against the teacher who had neglected his duty in teaching the class rather than an attempt for concessions for an easier paper.

But nothing compared to student power. Exams got postponed for cricket matches. Schedules were disrupted for frivolous activities. Perhaps in no institution could one go for a pleasure trip of two weeks during the exams and still come back to pass the exams with a percentage of over 75 % which yours truly did. Also nowhere will a paper be postponed because only one boy has met with a personal tragedy which also happened. Nowhere would the students themselves decide the exact length and time of their summer vacations and preparatory leaves. This all happened in the Engineering University Lahore. At the time it seemed cavalier and macho with no consideration given to the time being wasted. It is only now that the regret sets in of the time being wasted for no reason at all.

This unbridled energy was also put to good use. UETians were always the most active when ever a calamity struck. Be that the floods which ravaged the outskirts of Lahore or any other social cause. But the effort that really caught the imagination of the city was the collective effort by these very students to collect money for the treatment abroad for a student of the university for blood cancer. Boys in the sweltering heat of June standing on roads with banners not begging for money but only just appealing to the conscience of the people in cars. Asking the business community to donate to save a life. And UET can justly be proud of saving one of its students. The money, more than 3 million of it, was collected in just over two weeks and the boy sent abroad for treatment. They of course had help from the great Abdul Sattar Edhi but it was the initiative and enthusiasm of the students which really made the difference.

Such is the student body of the Engineering University. Perhaps it is the atmosphere there which makes them into much more than students.

Fills them up with boundless energy or perhaps it is the tonic that Lahore gives to all people who come there which is complemented by the lively atmosphere of the University. This same energy when misdirected is a cause of concern for it always resulted in destruction and mayhem.

There were many facets of the university life. Each would take many pages to explain. Some changed for the better. One being the farewell of the outgoing class. These farewells were fun oriented with balloons and music. The Library Chowk of course being the venue.

No mention of the university can be complete without a mention of the Bhola canteen now sadly closed and extinct under the new administration of the university. The place where you could get something to eat twenty four hours a day. An institution unto itself its breakfast of Aaloo ka Paratha was a must even for some of the day scholars. Located in the middle of the hostels it served as a socializing and meeting point also. The convenience of getting piping hot tea at three in the night during the exam season was indeed something. Add to it the special ambiance of the place and the atmosphere which can only be experienced and cannot described. Countless have eaten at that place and none have forgotten it.

Such was the life at university. It offers boundless opportunities to learn for those interested. It provides the best opportunity to exploit ones talent

It aptomizes the spirit of Lahore and rubs the Zindadilani of Lahore in all those who enter its gates from the far flung areas of the country. As a distinguished gentleman who came to adjudicate at the debates in the university pointed out, life in Lahore would be very boring without the full participation of the boys of UET. The boys who have been beaten up in all the shopping areas of Lahore yet who return there in increasing numbers to make their presence felt. Students who with their sheer will to survive and enjoy the life make the city of Lahore a more interesting place to live in and the University which trains them to compete with the best and beat them.

About the Autor: Syed Fareed Ali is a 1993 graduate of University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. He got his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. Later he passed the Civil Services Exam to join the Police Service of Pakistan. Currently he is pursuing a Masters degree from the University of Melbourne Australia.

46 Comments on “Trip down the Memory Lane: UET Lahore”

  1. ahsan says:
    July 1st, 2007 7:00 am

    When a Mechanical Engineer becomes a Police Officer, how does he apply his Engineering to Maintain Law and Order? Is it (Engineering) helpful in Trafic Control or in something else in Police Job? It is a simple curiosity on my part.

    I am afraid that the police may follow the foot-steps of the Army and start doing many other things than maintaining Law and Order. Is there a possiblily of Police Inc. in a few years hence?

  2. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    July 1st, 2007 8:16 am

    There already is Police Foundation.

  3. MB says:
    July 1st, 2007 8:52 am

    Well i guess its better to have a POLICE INC. than ARMY INC. because they come directly in our contact. ARMY is hush hush, far away from the ordinary.

    After we have POLICE INC. the police wala’s wont be able to use the “low salary” pretext for rishwat ,lol

  4. Bilal Zubairi says:
    July 1st, 2007 11:18 am

    One doesnot need to apply everything that he studies in his/her professional carrier. Mr.Ahsan the university or higher studies makes you Intelectual not that you have to design a control system of police monitoring. It gives you the skills. All you require for that post is the people’s skills how you manage people and how effectivley you can pass your message across the masses.
    Regards
    Bilal Zubairi

  5. A.S. says:
    July 1st, 2007 11:34 am

    This brings back beautiful memories. Are these pictures recent because I remember some of teh buildings from my time at UET in the 1980s

  6. MQ says:
    July 1st, 2007 11:38 am

    I enjoyed reading the post.

    Ahsan, you have unjustifiably ambushed the potential discussion on the post by raising a somewhat irrelevant question of possible relation between mechanical engineering (aouthors’ education) and police work (his chosen profession). But now that you have raised the question, I think there is strong correlation between the two disciplines. For example:

    How high a suspect should be hoisted by his feet before the rope gives way and the gravity takes over? Or, with what force the the leather strap (commonly known as chittar) be applied to the bare bottoms of a suspect so as not to tear his skin and leave any telltale marks. All this is highly technical work.

    Farid, I apologize for bringing in these irrelevant observations. Once again, I enjoyed reading your post, particularly the opening where I thought you were going talk about your college sweetheart who had left you for someone else.

  7. ahsan says:
    July 1st, 2007 12:54 pm

    Dear MQ, Thanks for your intervention to explain the usefulness of Mechnical Engineering for hanging a culprit.

    This much even a Matric Fail Police Constable knows. There is no need to go to a University to attain this intellectual level. In every day life people do reasonable acts without a University degree. Look at the over charged vehicles in Pakistan and you will wonder about the use of law of gravity and that of gravitational force by these drivers to keep the balance and stability. Few of them have a University degree.

    Dear Bilal, I agree thet “the university or higher studies makes you Intelectual not that you have to design a control system of police monitoring. It gives you the skills.”

    But it gives you the skills in a particular domain. The University degree in Mechnical Engineering does not make some-one an expert in Nano-Physics or Islamic History. The answer of MQ to my question shows that you do not have to have a University degree for the type of the work mentioned by MQ in his remark.

    I will be glad to learn in what field the Police uses a Mechnical Engineer!

  8. Shehzad Ahmed Mir says:
    July 1st, 2007 1:08 pm

    I was 85-Mechanical-528 in my batch (probably Farid may have been in my batch). My experience in UET was unique to say the least. I remember exchange of occasional friendly gun fire between Mumtaz and Iqbal Hall MSF and JI jiyalas. Nice photo of the auditorium, which in my time was never actually used along with the Olympic size swimming pool in which shalwar clad Jamatias alongwith a few local ”dadus” used to have a rocking time. Squash courts with no lights, and oh yeah! being decorated by the JI boys with a medal for being at the top of my class at entry into mechanical. Thanks to student politics and the sheer crappy conditions, I left UET after about a year and got admission in the USA to complete my BSEE in time. I think that the training Farid received in UET places him at the right job, i.e POLICE SERVICE of Pakistan. He is indeed in his element after attending the UET session of 1985 – 93.

  9. mozang bijjli says:
    July 1st, 2007 11:54 pm

    Thank you very much for invoking the nostalgia,
    i thought u may like the view from Zohra hall and GCR as i happen to be the inhabitant of those revered forntiers.
    sorry that i can’t claim a fellowship with u as i joined UET in 96, I am 96-Chem-1XXX(many will divine my ID without going any further) but honestly UET was an experience worth living,I am a lahorite but was so much attracted to the charms of alma mater that on grounds on my parents working abroad I got allotment of room#1 of zee hall. And it was an amazing thing as almost all the wrong callers called for room # 1 and added advantage was i can watch the regular subscribers of single PTCL line we had in zohra hall.
    I entered university when the tradition of razai chutiyan, prep leaves and other extra leaves was alive but mid way along our happy sail of UET came mushy, and the new VC restructuring the estiablished good governance of students.
    thanks to him we did’nt get razai chutiyan for 2 years, and many a poor hostalites got fever, insufficient preps gave rise of supplies, now u will say an engineer without supply is a knight without sword. But a knight usually possess just one sword and univ insisted on arming us with an armor of swords and other subtle weapons like, giving a class during viva,etc
    Can’t forget the routes, specially shoping route. in the early years our dear borthers of Jamiat or PSF were so good as to arrange separate shoping routes for Zee hall residents. but more than once girls rode ordinary routes while female shopping route was occupied by a solitary leader of unions.
    But honestly i liked those leaders much more than principled VC because all of my happy memories are associated with the sunehra dour of student rule when we were free to have razai chutiyan.
    VC should have trusted theta power as they always kept a close reign on the session not allowing merry makers like myslef to go too far with holidays. If VC had not interviened with his policies our last days at UET would have been happy too.
    And yes debates dramatics were the pinnacle of fun when we used to get standing avoation from the audience. it was heartening to see so many boys applausing the entry of a couple of ordinary girls in auditorium or ceremony hall of central libraray.
    there is still so much to write about, route, canteen, labs, proff, class fellows, zohra hall, photo copy shops, concerts of jawad that i cant get my thoughts straight in an order perhaps i should write again in a concise manner.

  10. Owais Mughal says:
    July 1st, 2007 11:57 pm

    Fareed, your post brought many good memories of my own experience of a public university in Pakistan. I graduated from NED Karachi and shared many of the fun experiences that you have mentioned.

  11. Ajnabee says:
    July 2nd, 2007 6:15 am

    Oh yeah..that place… (shudder)..my first (and thankfully last) experience of UET Lahore was when I went there with my cousin, who had just finished Fsc, to apply. I was only a year or so older than him. We got there and were looking around wondering where to go to get application forms etc. when out of no where a heavy guy came over and got my cousin in a neck lock…yeah really. Then he took him to the tuck shop nearby, ordered something and told my cousin – still neck locked, bent as a result and in pain – to pay for it or he won’t let go. My cousin struggled to reach his back pocket, took out wallet and paid. Thankfully the bully let go. I was standing next to both all the time but had no idea what to do. First he was a big guy and second I did not know how many of his friends would jump on me if I tried something….anyways…jan bachee so lakhoon pai.

    Later I got opportunity to study at QAU Islamabad and knowing UET and Punjab University, QAU seemed heaven in comparison. Sure we had our bit of inter-organisation fights but at personal level people were, despite varying political views, by and large quite dignified and helpful to each other. QAU rocks!

  12. Ajnabee says:
    July 2nd, 2007 6:29 am

    PS: I don’t know why somebody does not write about QAU Islamabad, probably the best public uni there is. Many excellent Alumni come out of it. Even in my class one of the guys became vice president at SAP Research and another co-managing director City Group Australia.

  13. Jamshed Nazar says:
    July 2nd, 2007 8:26 am

    Hello there!
    Interesting recollections from the memory lane by Fareed. UET to Police service to masters in australia is an interesting track!
    I was 90-Elec-12 back in those days – joined UET in July 1990 and came out in fall of 1995.
    What was UET like? I would say, in short, UET experience would turn you and your ideas upside down. Initially when I had finished my Fsc exams I had all the plans ready for my masters/ phd etc etc, but after spending a year into the university I was trying to understand why I was in this program and what I really wanted to do in life. This was my skepticism 101.
    Our program started somewhere in July 1990, a full year after our FSC results had been annouced and that too right after three people had been killed in a gun fight on campus.
    So, it was a bit unsual to see police troops sitting around fountains and library chowk while we came and went to our first classes. I did go through a bit of first year fooling since I was bit intimidated by the gansgter culture of UET but the next year I took it all back to the new bees of the next session which was a lot of fun!
    The culture at UET in our days was totally different (This was pre-Ex Army General as VC days when MSF / Akram Gujjar was all the rage with Jamiat and a bit of PSF paddling along). While my ex Almamater – Government College was all about traditions, mannerism and culture, I found UET to be more street like, gangster wars and Tablighi parties combined with small town “Love it in Lahore” boarders, happy campers, nerds and burger kids all living in mutual coexistance. I remember times when there were Klashnikov burst outside and the professor insisting on keeping the lecture going on. This, to me, appeared to be a true representation of the society from where we came and not a isolated ecosystem like LUMS etc.
    UET was special in three ways.
    First, irrespective of how much quality education was given in the campus, the sheer presence of “cream” of the young minds resulted in an intellectual discourse of the highest quality – mostly in the various canteens or hostel rooms.
    Second, the freedom available in campus life due to delays in the sessions (a four year program streched to 5+ years) allowed us to balance our social life with our exam schedules and still time was left to experiment with “other” fun things in life.
    Third, it created a certain degree of uncertainity in one’s outlook towards life which raised some basic questions like – What is happiness? What is beauty What is love? or what does one really want to do in with his life? Why to live really? I think these were very important questions!
    So, for me, time spent in UET was very special – one becomes a certain kind of a person after having this thorugh & roughning experience at UET.
    There were some very excellent professors – Dr. Shahid Bokhari, DR. Noor, Dr. Ashraf Iqbal etc in the EE department during my times. Overall, the quality of the professors was quite good, but then the labs were basic and the application of ideas towards product development – a fundamental concept of engineering – unheard of.
    When I came out of campus, I knew my Fourier transforms and electromagnetics but could nt assemble a basic computer.
    This is the critical part – a seriuos failure both in our business / economy and in our university programs. Our engineering schools are not involved in real problem solving / product development that caters to market needs and also, sadly, there are not many product development companies in pakistan. So, long story short, theoratically, UETians are strong in concepts and do quite well in higher programs in US etc, but really need a year or two in industry to learn the basic stuff.
    Coming back to the UET experience, I had a great time at this campus. Romance was fun and so was depression. Philosophic debates at the canteen were combined with political fighting – if I recall correctly – I did threaten to break someone’s legs once in my steam – so silly of me ofcourse. But then I was threatened many times too but luckily nothing happened.
    I did meet some exceptional people during my stay at UET. But many of us moved out of the country and I have lost contact with most friends of the time. Unfortunately, UET does not have a strong Alumini program to keep the connections going.
    When I had graduated back in 1995, I was not even sure if I would want to do this engineering stuff, but twelve years after, I am still practicing serious engineering work which is a bit of a miracle. I could have done CSS or journalism or moved into business etc but somehow stayed on with my work. I guess money has to do something with it. I went through an MBA program in the US but this was nt even half as much fun as the UET experience.
    Would I want to go through it again? not really! but the one time it was, it was really time of my life.

  14. okha_jatt says:
    July 2nd, 2007 10:28 am

    Wow…. Great post. UET is my first girl friend. What a place to live, enjoy and study. I can relate to so many of the things mentioned here. I spent the best years of my life in UET. I have been to so many other educational institutes but UET is UET. No match.

    Some things to clarify… Bhola canteen is still there though not on the same place. It is in Sports Complex. Library picture seems old. Last year when I went to kiss UET, the library was renamed to something National Library of Emerging Sciences? Anyway it is not central library any more.

    UET changed a lot after the start of “jarnaili period”. I enjoyed the pre as well as post jarnaili period equally. VC did good things, for example sessions are regular but he damaged the traditions of the UET also. Most of the small eateries are gone. VC removed the Archi canteen(I used to have my breakfast there until second year), canteen in front of lecture theatre(where we used to have card games after bunking the class), milk shake at the corner of the lecture theatre, Madina Canteen in sports hall for late night parathas and many many more.

    Now, I am out of country but whenever I go back , I go to UET to re-live those good old days and enjoy sitting on fountain in front of GCR, library chowk side rails, Jinnah stadium pavilions.

    @mozang bijjli… Do you know UET has two kinds of “supli”s(for those who are wondering what is supli.. it is a very Punjabish abbreviation of supplementary). One was exam supli and other was for hostel food which is commonly known as “hazri”.

    @Adil… I am looking forward to your memories and experiences as a senior UETIAN.

  15. Qaisrani says:
    July 2nd, 2007 12:05 pm

    Nice to hear about the Golden times of UET. My session was 2002, what I saw was an Army Public School. It may be producing technically better engineers but they don’t have the leadership, managerial and entrepreneural qualities that are essential for exceptional career growth.

  16. Lahori says:
    July 2nd, 2007 12:12 pm

    great writeup and so many memories.

    the fact is that despite everything and all the problems UET and other Pakistani institutions have created loads and oads of very successful professionals who are doing excellently all over the world. so we must be doing something right. I think we shodul also focus on that.

  17. faraz says:
    July 2nd, 2007 1:35 pm

    Well I dont agree with Lahori and others that our public universties are doing good.

    Universties like UET and NED(I myself is NEDian) takes cream of Lahore and Karachi and we should compare these with LUMS, GIK or even IIT India.

    How many graduate of these public universties occupy top positions in microsoft, google or Boeing(mechanical). How many ppl later graduated from MIT, Standford, Harvard etc. There are few exceptions( once in a blue moon situation) but most of graduate are doing “average Joe” jobs in USA like software engineer or system engineer or technical manager.

    I dont want to go into reasons but when you takes cream of a nation, you are subjected to higher standard. Give these universties to some one like “agha khan education authority” and then see what this pool of ppls are capable of producing? Give “vouchers” to those who can not afford to pay for higher tution.

  18. Ajnabee says:
    July 2nd, 2007 2:19 pm

    Someone else mentioned Police and UET so I alone can’t be blamed for derailing this thread..:)

    A few months ago a senior police officer in NWFP was ambushed and killed in the suburbs of Peshawar. He was also from UET but then joined police, married in Charsada and then remained in NWFP ever since. Apparently he had a good reputation by and large. This was extensively covered by B B C Urdu and may be someone here also remembers this incident. Just thought I’ll mention it here; there is more than one case of engineers joining police. What is it that police has that engineering doesn’t btw?

  19. Ajnabee says:
    July 2nd, 2007 4:30 pm

    ???? ??? ??? ???? ??

    UET Alumni who became police officer; http://tinyurl.com/3brsmf

  20. Reluctant Expatriate says:
    July 2nd, 2007 11:00 pm

    The timing of this post is perfect. We recently started a UET Alumni Association for UET graduates who are resident in USA and Canada. Check out the website UETAlumni.net, and please become a member. So far I have a database of 95 graduates which I have to add to the list when I have spare time. If you need additional information email me at ‘abdulhaisheikh@yahoo.com”. I graduated in civil engineering in 1966.

    For those of you who are surprised about mechanical engineer being police officer, I have an additional surprise. Ilyas Bhatti, a 1967 civil engineering graduate was previously appointed police commissioner of Boston Metropolitain area by Governor Dukakis in 1990s. He was incharge of third largest police force department in USA. The database, I have collected so far indicate the talent UET has provided to USA is extremely impressive. UET graduates are full professors at top universities, founders of important computer related companies, venture capitalists, and technical experts in their field.

    The immediate aim of UET Alumni is to support 23 student scholarships at UET. Each student gets $50.00 per month. Other goals are to help UET academic standing.

  21. Ajnabee says:
    July 2nd, 2007 11:09 pm

    “I graduated in civil engineering in 1966″

    Wow, did they have civil engineering back then? :)

  22. Fareed says:
    July 3rd, 2007 5:41 am

    You should do a series on important ed institutions in Pakistan. on different institutions. ALso, please do medical colleges.

  23. Dharampura Walla says:
    July 3rd, 2007 9:58 pm

    Please visit http://www.uetalumni.net
    Please visit http://www.engineeringuniversitylahorepakistan.com

    Hello guys-

    Good to read the article and comments. I graduated in 1976 with a BS degree in Mining Engineering. Later I came to US, got another engineering degree and an MBA plus a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license in Civil Engineering. Now I work as a Civil Engineer and enjoy my life, but I always remember the good days at the UET where I got a very good engineering education at almost no price. Education at the UET was excellent and moreover it was free! I appreciate UET and Pakistan for that.

    To return the favor to UET and Pakistan, I have sent donations to UET Endowment fund, Edhi Foundation, and Imran Khan Cancer Hospital. I plan to continue doing that.

    Please visit http://www.engineeringuniversitylahorepakistan.com
    to read more about UET Endowment.

    Thanks,

  24. Fareed says:
    July 4th, 2007 1:56 am

    I never thought that my article will merit the response that it got. I specially liked the ones relating to my path from a Mechanical Engineer to a police officer and then finally to Australia for a masters. This brings out the other face of Police which is educated. Wait for my next piece on Police

    Thank you all again for a very encouraging response which has given me great personal satisfaction and really enjoyed reading

  25. AUK says:
    July 4th, 2007 5:23 pm

    A few points to note. Before that I have to admit, I spent precious years of my life (and wasted 3, because a 4 year degree cost 7 in total) during the mid-eighties trying to get a degree in Electrical Engg. The pictures of the various departments brought back memories. However nobody ever mentioned how ugly the Electrical and Civil dept buildings look. The old architecture was wonderful, and the main building still looks perhaps the best despite being built in the 60′s, some semblance of the British era combined with the arches. Architecture building also looks nice, however the rest just fail to make any impact. What’s with the white rails around each building. All these buildings are inside the university premises and don’t need a marking boundary. Also why can’t we beautify our surroundings with trees and flowers. I am sure the University has hordes of Malis who are on its payroll. They can definitely do a better job of keeping the surroundings looking nice, especially since Lahore has no shortage of water.
    On another note, it needs to be pointed out that each batch at the University was atleast a 1000 students in different Engineering disciplines (when I was there). These students came from different parts of Punjab and had as diverse backgrounds as one can imagine. For someone to end up in Police (Civil Services) is as natural as engineers graduating to become singers and Musicians (we had atleast 3 in our class, a tabla Nawaz of exquisite talent, a drummer, and a Harmonium player). If doctors can be doing cooking shows on tv, why can’t some engineers do things differently.
    Third, someone berating engineers that they haven’t started the next Google, please note that there are incredible success stories coming out of Pakistan (though not as many as I would have liked). You NEDians should be very proud of the 35 year old Raghib Husain who is the mastermind behind Cavium Networks, which just went public on Nasdaq and is very close to becoming a Billion dollar company. Link below
    http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=CAVM
    I personally know Engineers out of Pakistani Universities who are doing very well all over, guys from Engineering University Peshawar, NED, UET Taxila, and UET Lahore. Changes don’t happen overnight, it will take 15-20 years for the first wave of Engineers to start asserting themselves. The next wave will do even better. We just have to keep pushing and keep trying.

  26. Kamran says:
    July 5th, 2007 2:46 am

    Beautiful written essay I nearly missed it with all the Lal Masjid discussion but so glad to have read it. Thanks.

  27. Imran Sikandar says:
    July 5th, 2007 5:04 pm

    Dear Fareed,

    Wonderful to find you here. I really liked your article and request a little something on the Civil Services Academy as well. Though a short stay there, but was complete in all aspects.

  28. Owais Mughal says:
    July 8th, 2007 10:29 pm

    I know that singer Najam Shiraz also attended UET Lahore. Department I am not sure. most probably Civil Engg.

  29. kamran haider says:
    August 21st, 2007 10:41 am

    Dear sir,
    Most respectfully i want to draw your attention towards this aspect that why don’t you give chance to average students on self finance . while in foriegn countries it is not like that every student get opportunities to do engineering. I m ambious to study at UET . i’m interested to to do civil engineering . will u plz send me the information about my admission at UET. I could get 53% marks in fsc . Can i take admission at Uet.
    Thanks!
    waiting for ur response

  30. Mir Zafarullah Khan says:
    August 22nd, 2007 3:20 pm

    hi i m the coming candidate of U.E.T.

  31. Jalal Awan says:
    March 1st, 2008 5:02 pm

    salaam everyone…

    it seems really strange going thru the posts of all u guyz,everyone reminscing and relishing the tym spent in uet……but ask us(me,xuli,saeed…three of us glued to the screen currently cursing the lightening-fast LAN)….we r always complaining bout the atmosphere \(read : mahol) in uet,what wid paindu gals and oogling guyz…it seems more lyk a no.2 skool than a goddamn university!

    all said,however,we do enjoy our tym here in hostels,chatting,playing “rung”, net-surfing,gossiping,going to cafe l,yk 8 tyms a day(literally) for chaye after regular intervals of studying 15 minutes at a stretch…

    being in electrical,coupled wid the semester system syndrome haunting our lives,we have to study,…..study regularly…

    still we enjoy loitering about in campus timings in lalazar,library chowk…in front of CS dept. ….not to forget the only living char,m of uet…..the Architectur Department….may it gloom and blossom..despite the hectic routine the VC has prescribed to keep us in order,we spend a gud amount of tym regularly admiring the beauties of the fairer sex!

    going wid tablighi jamaat one day…back on the track the other…lyf at uet is never smooth…it has its ups and downs…but…
    whenevr we go on one of our routine “weekly” refresher tours of lums,lse or nca….we curse uet for the mahol it has provided to us!and resolve to do mba,M.S…or even M.A frm lums or abroad to “make-up” for the tym lost here…

    sadly our asection is an all-boys one….so all the more reason for us to act weird!

    dont tell us that being in boys section is the greatest thing that happened on this earth since bread came sliced cuz we already heard that!!!!

    anyways…remember us in ur prayers and uetians out there…do accomodate us sumwhere in industry keeping in mind the fact that we r “chaapa engineers” just lyk u once used to be”!!!

    ALLAH HAFIZ…gota sleep….

    monday ko electric machines ka quiz hai!

  32. syed waqar haider says:
    March 10th, 2008 9:19 am

    i like UeT very much. It is the best university of pakistan

  33. khursheed says:
    April 15th, 2008 12:24 pm

    This is a great way to go down the memory lane which is always a pleasant experience. I graduated from UET in 1965 (Mech Engg) and my memory is full of the most delightful, carefree and enlightning time of my life. I cherish UET of those days when it was known as the West Pakistan University Of Engg & Technology. Lahore in those days was also the greatest city on earth.

  34. JH says:
    July 2nd, 2008 6:38 am

    CSF (Crazy Students Federation) did not die its natural death. After the “huge success” of Liberty trip and Library Chowk gatherings arranged by CSF, one evening some unidentified personal gave a mild beating to the Chairman CSF when he was sitting along the top brass of CSF in a Zubair Hall room.

    CSF leadership (primarily from 85 Mechanical) understood that it was the end of fun and did not arrange any further public gathering/procession etc.

  35. PakAsean says:
    August 5th, 2008 6:24 am

    Nice and refreshing !!

    93?…………I was enroled in 93-Mech…….and…..will be receving my (duplicate) degree in few days ……

    Dont loose your original degrees (like me)……..as duplicate degree wastes (yet) another year.

  36. Ammad says:
    August 21st, 2008 2:01 am

    hye me ammad akram i m also a uetian.
    i knw the precious life of uet but if u r a hostlide u will enjoy a colorful life.
    u will find every type of facility & enjoyment in her.
    specially the spots my bro. fareed mention.
    thnx

  37. November 10th, 2008 1:05 pm

    99mech308

    this identity still rules
    uet zindabad

  38. 85-UETIAN says:
    December 28th, 2008 8:50 pm

    I did my master and PhD from Canada. However, the period I spent at the UET is the best. With all its errors and terrors, I still love my UET.

  39. Amjid Hussain Dogar says:
    December 31st, 2008 5:35 pm

    I was in 1990 Civil. Thank you for a trip to my beautiful past. The best time of my life so far. Amjid Dogar

  40. Mir Hassan says:
    April 13th, 2009 1:43 pm

    Well well well , UET one of the best places , no comparison at all with other universities . There are some other universities out there which are thought to be equal or better but i don’t think so because the environment which UET provides and the knowledge , one can bag is unlimited and do mention the small so called fee which UETians pay . They do their engineering at absolutely no cost also enjoy the life especially hostilites which is not possible in any other instituition . I must mention the chinese and the alloo walay paratay , UET’s signature in a way . Different societies and all too great and successful are there whether technical or general , it is only the matter of your choice as how you want to spend your life at UET . You can be amongst the best of Pakistan because the best of UET is still the best , despite being institutions like NUST or GIKI , which in some circles thought to be better , which is not the case indeed . In terms of the diversity they can never touch UET . As far as academic is concerned , UET is still the best .
    It is the only university amongst these Universities which represents the true , diverse Pakistan . YOu aer provided with all sorts of environments or groups . you can be a very good student , a very performer extra curricular activities and you can also turn into a molivi , so it provides all sorts of environment , it’s only how benefit from it and utilize your most precious and beautiful years of your life .
    UET , I love you .

  41. FAROOQ says:
    April 15th, 2009 1:01 am

    UET zindabaad. Those were the days.

    I was a couple of years senior to Adil Najam and he was quite a well known and popular guy around UET even then. Great to see all his achievements since then.

  42. Ahsan Raza says:
    October 17th, 2009 11:27 am

    UET!!!!!!!!!!!
    What a place on earth it used to be,rough,rustic,romantic,depressive, dangerous what not.Admitted in 84 civil graduated in 1993 from Taxila.Did CSS and now into Tax department.Spent nine years still no remorse.Most cherished period of life.Companied with Akram Gujjar,Tahir Golden,Majeed (late),Nasir papa(late) Khurshid Warriach(room mate).Jamshid Bila of Baltistan,Shahid malik All so called teras of uet.

    There is no place on earth like UET.

  43. haiderG says:
    January 2nd, 2011 7:37 am

    one sentence for all..!!
    UETIANS can do anything..!!
    it has been just 2 years since I had graduated from UET but nostalgia is building day by day..!!
    simply UET is owesome..! there is a saying in Punjabi..!!
    “jis ne lahore nai wekhiye o jamiya hi nahin” better I say
    “jis ne uet wich parhia nahin, wo engineer bana nahi” (sorry fi there is any grammer error im my punjabi as I am from GB)
    live long UET
    great memories!!
    love u UET

  44. Nadeem Riaz says:
    May 3rd, 2011 11:52 pm

    Wow, what a place Great UET was. Taught me to live in this world with confidence that no academy of world can ever teach. Surely, life was ROUGH and TOUGH in our days (86 session). So many UETIANS of my days have gone ahead to make a name not only for themselves but for the country too. Long Live UET!

  45. Almas Arshad says:
    May 21st, 2011 5:36 pm

    awesum blog… dat’s da way of thinkikg lyk a crazy UETIAN…. really appreciate da spirit…. lv u UET…. may ALLAH bless u…

  46. silza says:
    July 26th, 2011 10:04 am

    UET my alma meter , my love and my passion…………….this article explains the real feeling when any uetian see his darling running in a royal way on the road, .yeah i mean our bus, our sweetheart in blue,…and our UET, the whole of it, lalazar, sports cafe, annexe, lalazar extension, and our most renowned library chowk…….nothing like that……a new world when u enter from gate 3, a new life…..There is no place on earth like UET. UET..we love you!!

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