Go East … Go West

Posted on June 4, 2008
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Following photo is courtesy of _tunnel_. The photo was taken on May 14, 2008 in Malir, Karachi. Private educational institutions have become big business in Pakistan, but this picture is also about so much more. What comes to your mind when you see this?

East-West University Chicago Karachi

30 Comments on “Go East … Go West”

  1. A. says:
    June 4th, 2008 12:40 pm

    I guess, yahan parho gay tou puncture he lagaoo gay!!!

    By the way, what is the train engine doing in the background?

  2. Jawahar says:
    June 4th, 2008 12:51 pm

    Actually… not much!

    There board advertising the University is on top of the red (pink) building in the background… the “pit shop” has nothing to do with the pink campus since there is a railway track (and probably another road) that separates the two.

    But yes… it does speak for the ever-mushrooming educational institutes. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “business school”!

  3. Azfar says:
    June 4th, 2008 2:56 pm

    the guy in the puncture shop is reading.

    The question is whether those in this so-called university can do the same.

  4. whole LOTA love says:
    June 4th, 2008 5:21 pm

    Beast- Vest looniversity

  5. Ali Dada says:
    June 4th, 2008 5:36 pm

    So this is where the top two senior students are doing their BCom internship….

    Just kidding, really, not much to say – the campus looks decent however I am kinda wary of the name…is it really affiliated with some ‘recognized’ institute in Chicago or just a marketing ploy?

  6. Razi says:
    June 4th, 2008 5:43 pm

    Looks like in the same category as the elusive “London School of Economics and Business” :)

    Hey! if it worked for one I am sure it will work for others. At least the one shown in the picture is not a phantom school.


  7. Umair says:
    June 4th, 2008 6:24 pm

    actually there is an East West college in Chicago. It is an inner city community college in Chicago and it is run by a Pakistani which is why they have this I guess

  8. AF Ahmad says:
    June 4th, 2008 6:31 pm

    There is a East-West University in Chicago. They have a web site and a real address.

  9. Owais Mughal says:
    June 4th, 2008 9:10 pm

    This building is located near Malif halt Station, that is why one can see the railway coach.

    A quick search on East-West University Chicago shows this link here

    but I doubt if this university has a legitimate branch in Landhi

  10. James lan says:
    June 5th, 2008 3:56 am

    i am sorry to read some comments. I am wondering how few people are relating a good education only with institutes having large gardens big gates & loaded building.

  11. Dusty says:
    June 5th, 2008 5:24 am

    I think what the sign really shows is how so many years post colonialism we are still in awe of the west. Attach USA, some state of the the US, UK or London in specific to the name of the product or service you are offering and it becomes much easier to sell it. Like it or not, it works.

    I am sure the owner gets more admissions because the name of his/her university has “Chicago” in it as opposed to the student base he/she would’ve managed to get if the name had been “Ali Khan University” or “Dadukhel University”.

  12. Yousuf Hussain says:
    June 5th, 2008 6:44 am

    No this is not Landhi. It’s actually 1 bus stop away from Karachi Airport. The pic is taken from Sharae Faisal. It’s a railway station alright, but it’s called Malir Halt Station. Landhi is about approx 30 mins from here. I know this much because this campus is in Refah-e-aam society and I live there. This univ popped up just recently (less than a year ago). Not sure if it’s operating or not… I haven’t seen much ppl in here. Used to be some sort of warehouse before.

    True, ppl continue to be obsessed by US and UK names attached to schools and colleges here. I’ve seen Boston Public School, Bill Gates Institute of Tech in Gulshan.

  13. Owais Mughal says:
    June 5th, 2008 7:45 am

    Yousuf, thanks for giving the correct location.

  14. Mahrukh says:
    June 5th, 2008 7:56 am

    I’m from Chicago, and I have actually been to the campus there. So the university is legit, however, I think this picture is sad and depressing!

  15. Shahran Asim says:
    June 5th, 2008 8:33 am

    Nice post,

    As a former Chicagoan , I do remember this University which is being run by Dr.Wasiullah Khan who I think is from Hyderabad, India but has quite number of Desi Faculty and students as well.

  16. Eidee Man says:
    June 5th, 2008 10:52 am

    Agree with Dusty on this one. It reminds me of “Princeton University” in Karachi offering MBA and other business programs, when in fact, the real Princeton does not have a business school.

  17. June 5th, 2008 8:35 pm

    in short, this pic makes me think of inferiority complex and snob culture.

    @Eidee Man, r u referring to Preston Univ in pk instead?

  18. iFaqeer says:
    June 5th, 2008 9:41 pm

    As someone pointed out, East-West University in Chicago is a legit, small, private, non-denominational college founded and run by Dr. Wasiullah Khan. Wasi Saahab is a veteran of the Pakistani educational system, too. I know for a fact because he was a colleague of my father’s in the mid-to-late 50s in Government College Sukkur. [Some very interesting folks came out of that collection of young lecturers, by the way, but that's another story.]

    And yes, they were working on starting a campus in Karachi at one point, but I seem to remember that being near the Clifton phone exchange (“Old Clifton”, near 70 Clifton and the British Consulate). Maybe they’ve moved since.

  19. faisal says:
    June 6th, 2008 8:02 am

    Oh my God!

    I live in the vicinity.

  20. Machli Khan says:
    June 6th, 2008 8:30 am

    (a) The picture is a bit deceptive. The tire shop is pretty far from the building and it creates a negative impression of the university.

    (b) The sign board is very unprofessionally done — which is all too common in Karachi. The building looks reasonably ok for Pakistan standards and maybe a close up would do justice.

    (c) The liberal elite and the regular folks have an obsession with “American-sounding” names. I’ve seen the craziest names everywhere in Karachi. They go out of their way to find western (mostly American) names for their schools and institute. It’s good entertainment value, in my opinion.

    (d) We also see use of traditional and cultural names in Pakistan for institutions and organizations so there’s definitely a bit of self-respect and dignity left in our people although mostly it’s the religious portion of the population which has upheld this principle.

  21. faisal says:
    June 6th, 2008 8:44 am

    I live close by that building. They got these boards on for the last year or two, but I have yet to see any student around.

    That tire shop has nothing to do with the building. The picture is very deceptive.

  22. Daktar says:
    June 6th, 2008 8:53 am

    Surprised that people find the picture deceptive.

    It is clear to anyone that the tire shop is different from the University, but it is the juxtaposition of the two and the thoughts that raises about the standard of educational institutions that make the picture noteworthy. Otherwise, it would just be a billboard.

  23. paki says:
    June 6th, 2008 9:47 am

    Don’t see what the big fuss is about. Its probably an OK school and even the association with Chicago maybe legit (even if it isn’t that is not extraordinary). I’m even impressed with the tire shop dudes – one is reading and the other seems deep in thought.

  24. Machli Khan says:
    June 6th, 2008 1:30 pm

    “Private educational institutions have become big business in Pakistan,”

    Yes, that’s right.

    “but this picture is also about so much more. ”

    Can you please let us know what’s “so much more”? I don’t understand the big deal in this picture. There are tons of similar sights which can be found throughout Pakistan. A drive through any area of the city (of Karachi) will result in dozens of such images. There is literally no big deal about this picture.

    “What comes to your mind when you see this?”

    What comes to my mind is that Pakistaniat blog had nothing else to post about so they tried to make a story out of a simple picture. This is a non-story.

  25. SJH says:
    June 8th, 2008 7:54 pm

    Statistics suggest private schools and universities are doing a better and more efficient job of providing education in Pakistan, at lower cost than the government sector. As I learnt this Saturday at HDF’s 2nd Annual Convention (held in Chicago actually), 35% of enrollees in schools in Pakistan go to private institutions and they charge very modest fees on average. To the extent that government schools and universities cannot fill the demand for education, there is no shame in private institutions popping up, regardless of name and association. The situation is not ideal but lets deal with the way things are and focus on what is demanded and what seems to work.

    I am privileged to know Dr Wasiullah Khan and others like Zafar Malik who’ve built East-West University into an institution the majority of whose students are the first ones in their family to go to college. If any institution is to be emulated, this is a good one to pick.

  26. Sajjad says:
    June 10th, 2008 7:35 am

    East / West and then Chicago….

    Dhoobi ka kutta, na ghar ka na ghaat ka.
    (forgive me , if this sounds indecent)

  27. June 10th, 2008 4:54 pm

    I think what the sign implies is that this is the same East-West university that is in Chicago (which there is), and this is there Karachi campus/branch.


  28. Asad says:
    June 21st, 2008 8:33 am

    Is there any in Chicago???????

  29. Hina. says:
    September 28th, 2011 9:53 am

    East-West University Chicago is in existence since the early 80s, and my Uncle Dr. Wasiullah Khan is the chancellor who did his doctorate from Indiana University. He along with my other uncle & his associates had embarked on starting its campus in Karachi as well but it never got recognition from HEC so as a last resort they had it affiliated with Educators franchise and ran it as a college. Now they have no involvement in this venture as it didn’t prove to be a success. I don’t know if the karachi campus is still in operation or not but its not a property of my family anymore. I had visited its campus located on Shahra-e-Faisal few years back but didn’t find it conforming to any standards, sadly.

  30. Owais says:
    November 23rd, 2011 10:52 am

    Oh, Karachi campus looks like this :p I never though that hahaha… One thing I can’t understand, Malir is usually considered as the low-status area of the Karachi, why did they open that University in this area? If they were giving such a great name, they should have open it in some posh area, so people might think of being part of this University. Anyways, that’s CRAP!

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