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What one doesn't know, it is better to remain silent about that

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What one thinks to believe, it is better
to be silent about it.

by Prof. Norbert Pintsch, SRF/FPAC

If one were to take the statements of the heading and the subtitle to heart, there would only be social noises on the planet, such as: Oh, so, - ah, yes, So-so, - the difference to cattle on a pasture would not be very big, - whereby the principles: coming-staying-going are still true for all life!

Presumably, there are special relationships in each individual thoughts and Expression. Where do the thoughts come from and where do you get the names in the spoken expression? It is a lengthy process that starts even before the schooling and is always associated with imprints from the respective cultural environment.

When the schooling starts, "half the matter" is already set, and it would not be false to say if - instead of the schooling, individual experiences were being made. In the existing, impact-oriented life styles, there are various stipulations that hardly allow any space for deviations from the standard.

When special challenges arise in the increasingly globalized and digitized world with its unification and uniformity doctrines, we are not equipped to handle them. Attempts to find solutions can only be undertaken with existing instruments, whether in research, development, production!

The call for creativity and innovation is acoustically understandable. But cannot be implemented because the huge system is stuck. Weaknesses and general problems are repaired, refurbished, modernized. Short-sighted and short-term action and financial success are the yardstick, although human weaknesses are reflected in all undertaken measures.

Special situations such as wars, (natural) disasters, illnesses - specially of longer duration, offer both opportunities and challenges. So you have to think about the causes and act accordingly. This however contrasts with the persistence of global political, social and large economic systems.

However, the individual can, in parallel and during the course of usual schooling and qualification phase, step alongside oneself and practice free thinking. A fundamental effect would be to find out what is actually believed and what is factually known, see heading and subtitles. The resulting knowledge leads to a shock!

Such a shock is the prerequisite for the beginning of independent thinking and will not be based on the quantity of publications studied. Perhaps even the childhood impressions have to be taken into account in order to process the subsequent schooling.

Wars, disasters, diseases - they are challenges and opportunities to understand yourself and the environment and to move from the short-sighted and short-term effect-oriented to the far-sighted and long-term cause-oriented action and effect. It means free thinking - a luxury that everyone can afford, even if the daily problems of the cost of living and making sense of life are still to be overcome!

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Study and Research Opportunities in Germany

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On 5 March 2020, a seminar and expo was organized at the University of the Punjab about "Study and Research Opportunities in Germany". Dr. Inge Iqbal, Director of DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service was the main speaker and she explained in a detailed presentation the procedure for admission to German universities and getting scholarships. The event was organized jointly by IML (Partner of Goethe-Institut) and DAAD in collaboration with the Institute of Languages at the Punjab University. IML is also a partner of the FPAC (Foundation for Promotion of Academic Cooperation), which was represented at the event by its Senior Research Fellow, Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch from Germany.

A large number of students attended the event in the large auditorium of the Institute for Biochemistry and Biotechnology. An exchange of information took place with the students showing great interest. Prof. Dr. Fahim Aftab (Department of Botany) and Prof. Dr. Rubeena Zakir (Department of Sociology) reported on their great experiences during their research time in Germany.

Prof Dr Rubeena contributed her experience from her doctoral studies.

Prof. Aamir Rafique delivered an interesting report of possibilities of learning German language in Lahore. At the end, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Dr. Saleem Mazhar congratulated the students and the organizers for the wonderful event and assured all support of the university in this regard.

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Major weather conditions affect NGOs

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by Prof Dr Norbert  Pintsch / IPC-FPAC

An idea is nice, but not always and not everything in it

People who produce ideas are always welcomed in the society - if they do not bother too much!

They enrich life and help to have hopes!

Hopes have to be put into action, where the problems begin.

-The look back may be good for explaining, but is not the solution for the present.
- Looking into the future is also not a solution, because we live in the present.
What should be done in the situation? For that the society produces rules.
- always with reasons, perhaps with good intentions. And the society allows research, with the latest methods, but often without experience with the factors.

In addition, there is another fundamental problem: We see what we can and want to see. It corresponds to our ideas and expectationswhich do not consider any utterly new direction of thought, because: where are these thoughts supposed to come from?

The above mentioned rules are usually created at the office table, mostly by well-meaning people, However, they lack practical experience and also the view of the whole situation.

Even if now seemingly feasible solutions may become available, their success is always dependent upon the weather conditions; i.e. the political circumstances. The reasons have the time factor as burden. There are always reasons, mostly speculative and irrational.Interestingly, these reasons correspond mostly to individual and private problems, based on traditions, which offer a mixture of excuses for activity and non-activity.

Thus, a willing and active source of ideas usually stands in the proverbial rain and is damned to inactivity. This is especially true when only the interest of general public is involved. Organizations and individuals join in only when they have a benefit. Purposeful action and action is always short-term, short-sighted and materialistically oriented.

In spite of all this, there is reason for reflection and action ...

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News from our Academic Network

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Royal University Center in Cameroon awards academic honors.

Links to our partners:

SPARC Pakistan
SPATH Cameroon
SPOCA Bangladesh
SPAET Colombia
SEMOL Iceland
SUTOL Sri Lanka

A special project is the Think-Tank Project, which is open to interested students with innovative and creative approaches.

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From SRF Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch / IPC

Once again, it's time for the users of the FPAC to inform about their activities.

This consists of taking care of young academics, especially in the area of language training, - and study visits inside the country, as well as abroad.

During study visits inside the country, the visits of the AFA (NGO) to TGD are particularly noteworthy, as well as the project support provided by the annual prize for PCH, while at the same time teaching the students about life in the rural areas.

The excursions abroad are intended to draw the academic youth to the other cultures and provide exposure, thereby also to deepen the understanding of their own experiences.

Another activity is the special contact with other projects - here the SRF of the FPAC pdp is an important help with extensive contacts in Cameroon, Colombia, Iceland, among others.

Media students have for some time enjoyed the privilege of visits to media and journalistic bodies in Central Europe, because the FPAC has many years of experience in arranging such visits of media students to Germany and training sessions at the Institute of Journalism.

The special contribution of FPAC towards professional training of young journalists in the country is reflected in the establishment of Institute of Journalism on 20th March 2019 at the Falettis Hotel in Lahore. Mr. Aamir Rafique, Secretary General of FPAC is also the chief executive of the Institute of Journalism, which is also supported by the German Press Federation (DPV).

The FPAC is also directly and indirectly involved in social media and also uses the medium of the blog, particularly: FBTC, SPARC, SPOCA, SPATH, SPAET, SEMOL, SUTOL with articles from the SRF on various Topics.

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Problems of Information and Communication in Journalism

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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch, Sen Res Fellow FPAC Lahore, Think Tank IPC Wyoming ***

Communication (exchange and transfer of information) and information (dissemination of knowledge, also their interpretation) are essential for coexistence of people!

The matter is so complex that it is a miracle that genuine communication is possible at all!

Consider the communication in one language, then we know from our experience what potential of misunderstandings lurks there - and then the acoustic dimension: The sound makes the music!

If we then still remember that terms and meanings in one language are often not present or can have completely different meanings in another language, then communication is a miracle at all.

Thinking and language expression are conditioned through education and upbringing, - no one is liberated from it.

It also means clarifying individually our various prejudices.

A professional scribbler, say reporter, constantly dances on the tightrope, which as we know from the experience of life, is a process that can mean enduring disability, exclusion from everyday activities, and so on.

If one enjoys extreme liberty of decision making or authority, still; - nothing comes from nothing, the scribbler tries to report neutrally, but is not really independent from results of his work in the information market, as supplier of information and producer of information.

The scribbler has to think of his livelihood while reporting neutrally and still taking position on subjects - a magic piece.

Tolerance has to be trained, it is more than a challenge even for every single person. In Central Europe, Carl von Ossietzky (publisher of the Weltbuehne, Nobel Prize 1935) and Tucholsky (co-publisher of the Weltbuehne) experienced the "special" significance of writing in the thirties of the last century.

At that time, the distribution media were in comparison to the present times of rudimentary nature and the general public was involved only as a reader or listener.

In the technologically upgraded and digitized society of today, each one is a sender and at the same time receiver of information.

The processing possibilities here hide danger of falsification of facts with a wide distribution in real time. This can for some be pleasing in political and social processes but actually hides unimaginable potential for disruption for most.

Some aspects have been outlined and show the difficulties of being active in this area, to act diligently between responsibility and dependence, to function in information circles and communication forces and try not to perish, - an almost inhuman task that at the same time makes it clear how important are training challenges before an Institute of journalism.

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Informal Think Tank

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By Norbert Pintsch, IPC, FPAC

The idea of cooperating with others, i.e. to exchange ideas with others and to stimulate each other, this thought is not exactly new!

In the United States of America (USA), company representatives came together and established privately funded socalled Think Tanks!

In the 20th century, this idea was implemented under president Franklin Roosevelt and a new form of advice emerged.

In politics, technological and economic interests are transferred into governance process in a lobby-like manner.

Such examples are presently implemented in many countries for selfish interests and they influence politics, usually with a certain lobby in the background.

The DGFK is an altruistic example of an informal Think Tank in which SUTOL, SEMOL, SPARC, SPATH, SPAET, SPOCA, but also FPAC and FBTC exist; however they operate in a subtle and discreet manner!

An interesting project is the so called Closed System, which outlines possibilities and tendencies, also of an uncomfortable kind, which is characterized by financial independence and the personal refrain from self-projection by the co-thinkers.

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