In contemporary Pakistani society many otherwise unethical
practices have attained such a level of social acceptability that their
unethical nature has been rendered irrelevant. Those who use unfair meansare
often found way up in the social hierarchy whereas those who choose tofollow
the rules often have to pay a heavy price for doing so. Some may even say that
it has become impossible to get ahead professionally without relinquishing the
set of rules that define good professional behavior. However, we here at NUST
Community Service Club – Character Building team (NCSC-CBT) believe that every
malpractice in society can be curbed by educating the individuals. With the
motto ‘Professionalism with sincerity’, we hope to instill a lifelong sense of
moral responsibility among the students.
To serve this purpose NCSC-CBT organized a seminar on
professional ethics on the 1st of December, 2016. The guest speaker
for the seminar was Miss Atiya Zulfiqar, Deputy Director Career Development
Center (CDC) at NUST. Miss Atiyahas over nine years of experience as a career
mentor working with students of different backgrounds. She is also a prolific
speaker and has been a part of many workshops and seminars on career
The event started at 2:45 pm with the recitation of the
Holy Quran. After this the guest speaker was requested on stage to address the
audience. Miss Atiya started with the basic question of what ethics were,
defining them simply as the difference between being good and bad. She went on
to explain the distinction between personal and professional ethics.
Throughout the session she placed special emphasis on the
importance of Islam as a complete set of moral and ethical values for all areas
of life. She expressed dismay at how people who talk about Islam as a guiding
light are often branded conservative or backward. She argued, however, that the
sheer dissatisfaction present in western societies these days is proof that
spiritual needs of an individual are just as important as the material ones.
She recounted various instances from her own life including her time in the US
to back up her arguments.
Miss Atiya interacted with the audience at various
instances during the 90 minute session. The attendees were asked questions and
were encouraged to be open and honest in answering them. To their credit, they
participated enthusiastically and recounted various instances in which they
were faced with ethical predicaments. Towards the end a formal question and
answer session took place. The questions that were asked had a common theme of
how one could simultaneously be righteous and ambitious in today’s morally
corrupt world. Another topic of heated discussion was the relationship between
parents and children and how it needed to be properly defined so that the rights
and responsibilities of both parties could be addressed.
In the end Miss Atiya was presented with a souvenir by the
president of NCSC-CBT,Usman Ahmed Noor. She hailed the efforts of NCSC-CBT in
the area of character building and expressed her willingness to be involved in
such ventures in the future.