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    Man must rise above the Earth - to the top of the atmosphere and beyond

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    "The heaven, We have built it with power. Verily. We are expanding it." The Quran

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    Humanity's deepest desire for knowledge is justified enough for

    our continuing quest into the universe we live in….

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What We Do

The Buraq Planetary Society

To gather deserving students from across Pakistan who share a passion for space exploration, bring them on single platform and instill them with a sense of national unity, social responsibility and empower them with the ability to think out of the box.

Buraq Space Camp

A ten day camp in Islamabad where the best of the brightest students from all over the country get to interact with leaders in Academia, sciences, technology, business and other significant professions. Buraq has been an unforgettable experience for the selected and prestigious few.

How To Register

The last date of registration for the Buraq Space Camp is 1st October, 2014. The Entry Test shall be held on 12th October, 2014 (subject to change based on security and environmental conditions)...

Alumni

Since the first camp in 1994, Buraq is proud to have inspired & produced a strong community of Alumni. Some of these Alumni come back to meticulously plan the following camps while others have returned back as lecturers. The Alumni are spread throughout the world and are part of an ever-growing family of like-minded individuals.

HOW TO REGISTER

The last date of registration for the Buraq Space Camp is 1st October, 2014. The Entry Test shall be held on 12th October, 2014 (subject to change based on security and environmental conditions). Formal and final notification shall be emailed and posted only to selected candidates and may be published in the media. Any students not contacted by November 30th 2014 have not been selected.

Candidates are evaluated entirely based on their Entrance test regardless of race, religion, sex and school background.

Buraq Planetary Society and its organizers reserve the right to change the selection criteria at any time without formal notification to prospective cadets. Buraq is also not obligated to share its testing results with any candidate or third party and will maintain confidentiality of information shared by prospective cadets and members.

By attending the camp, cadets agree to allow the society and its organizers to use, as they deem appropriate, photos and videos of the cadets at the camp in promotional material such as newspaper articles.

If any intellectual property results from the camp, it will belong to both the originator and the Buraq Planetary Society to reproduce and develop without any legal liability.

Shahid Mahmud - Chairman

As Chairman, Mr. Shahid Mahmud has provided the vision and leadership that led to the establishment of Buraq Planetary Society.

Mr. Mahmud holds a Master's degree in Defense & Strategic Studies from National Defense University, Islamabad, along with more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of IT & communications. He has served on various federal committees of the Government of Pakistan addressing the formulation and implementation of the national telecom and IT policy, including the eighth and ninth five-year plans. He has been the founder director of Paktel, Indus Vision, Pak Globalstar (Pvt) Limited, SHOA (Pvt) Limited, and Shaheen Pay TV (Pvt) Limited.

Mr. Mahmud is an Eisenhower fellow & founder member of various organizations. He is currently the CEO of Interactive Group of Companies (www.iacgrp.com). He is also active in several philanthropic activities, working with youth-oriented and community service projects such as TRUCE and the Indus Hospital.

He has attended numerous training sessions and seminars for strategic management, market research and analysis, distribution and supply chain management, material management, the change acceleration process, electronic commerce, information technology, telecommunications, media and a range of others products and systems in various countries including USA, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, UAE & Pakistan.

Mr. Mahmud is currently in the process of completing his PhD at the University of Coventry.

Naureen Gul Mahmud - Vice Chairperson

Naureen Gul Mahmud is a member of the Board of Directors at Buraq Planetary Society providing key inputs on vision, strategy and objectives. She has a demonstrated track record of over 20 years of crafting organizational development strategy and optimization plans in her position of Co-CEO at Interactive Group of Companies (www.iacgrp.com ) .

Mrs. Mahmud has been involved in the organization of Buraq Space Camps since 1994. Her work experience has provided her with a multi-disciplinary orientation, crucial to the development of a leader. She is also involved in other educational and social development projects for Interactive Group.

Usman Yousuf - Vice Chairperson

Mr. Usman Yousuf is Vice Chairperson at Buraq Planetary Society. He is a Buraqian Alumni himself (1999 camp) and has since then come back as Wing Commander (2001), Officer Commanding Flying (2002) and Base Commander (2003). He is currently involved in strategic planning, organizational development and is a part of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Yousuf holds an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication graduating Magna Cum Laude from the American University of Sharjah. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and is certified in Logistics and The Open Group Architecture Framework 9 (TOGAF 9 Level 2). He has completed training in Strategic visioning, time management and negotiation and attended numerous workshops and trainings over the course of his career.

He is currently Director Business Development at Interactive Group of Companies (www.iacgrp.com) and has worked with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is his previous role in Business Development at a regional IT firm.

He is currently enrolled at the London Business School for his MBA.

Anushay Mahmud Usman - Secretary General

Mrs. Anushay Mahmud Usman is currently the Secretary General at Buraq Planetary Society. Having attended all the Buraq Space Camps, she is currently involved in the overall coordination and organization of the Space Camps, the day to day running of Buraq Planetary Society and is a part of the Board of Directors.

Mrs. Usman holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies with a minor in Philosophy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the American University of Sharjah and is the recipient of the 2008 Sharjah Government Award for Academic Excellence. She has completed training in Strategic visioning.

She is currently Manager UAE Operations at Interactive Group of Companies (www.iacgrp.com) and is on the Alumni Council for the American University of Sharjah.

Our Objectives

  • To gather students between the ages of 14 to 16 years from all over the country who share a common interest in space, youth empowerment & awakening.
  • To provide Pakistani youth a unique platform away from schools and textbooks to get a taste of experiential learning.
  • To provide the Pakistani youth with a framework for making strategic visions (plans) for themselves and for Pakistan.
  • To teach students to survive in a ten-day camping environment which requires them to sleep in tents and participate in physical exercise every morning.
  • To refine interpersonal skills such as teamwork, self-confidence and communication.
  • To strengthen powers of reasoning, problem solving, time management and enhance leadership skills.
  • To provide students an opportunity to excel in making presentations and expressing themselves individually and as a group.
  • To spread awareness and help students gain knowledge and understanding of the importance and significance of past, present, and future space exploration.

About Buraq Planetary Society

The Buraq Planetary Society:FAQ

Why Does Buraq Have Age Registration?

  • Buraq cannot cater for the entire youth of Pakistan.
  • 14 to 16 years old students are in the preliminary phase of deciding their own future and developing their interests. Students beyond 17 are usually involved in college education and career development and hence, would have difficulty in taking time out for Buraq.
  • Fair & healthy competition can only arise if limits are set.

What is the cost of attending Buraq and who pays for it?

Joining Buraq requires absolutely no fee and all boarding, lodging, transport, food, supply of study material and access to speakers during the camp is provided free of cost.

Buraq Plantery Society is a CSR project of Interactive Group of Companies (www.iacgrp.com). In the past, support for the camp has also come from the society's patron, the Vice Chief of the Pakistan Air Force.

What is the selection process?

Selection is a two-step process. The process begins with prospective cadets signing up for space camp using the Online Registration Form. All those who register are sent details for the entrance test. After the entrance test, selected cadets may be required to participate in an interview on Skype or at the entrance test venue.

Where is the camp held?

Buraq Camp is held in Chak Shahzad at a safe site which is walled and has security guards patrolling the area throughout the day. Cadets are randomly divided into groups of four boys or four girls and each group is provided a tent where they keep their luggage and sleep. Sleeping bags, pillows and inflatable mattresses are provided.

When Is The Entrance Test Held?

The Buraq Entrance Test is held on a Saturday afternoon in October.

Am I required to study for the Entrance Test?

There is no set course that applicants need to study for the entrance test. It is designed to test general knowledge and basic knowledge of science and mathematics. The test also includes an essay and a riddles section. Prospective cadets must be fluent in English and comfortable with writing in it.

What do cadets do at Buraq?

While being space-themed, Buraq Camp hosts a diverse range of lectures and activities that are aimed towards empowering the youth of Pakistan. Lectures, activities and workshops are all geared towards increasing the awareness of cadets regarding technology and current world-issues, while instilling qualities such leadership, teamwork, time-management and creativity in them.

Besides being a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity, Buraq Camp is also a competition. Cadets are divided into groups which then compete with each other. Each member of the winning group will receive a cash prize of PKR 200,000.

Where Is The Entrance Test Held?

The test centres are located in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta.

If I am not selected this year, can I apply for the next camp?

You may always apply again as long as you meet the age restriction in the following year.

The Buraq Planetary Society

Buraq Planetary Society was initiated in 1993. Buraq's first accomplishment was that of immediately receiving international recognition by sending three of its members to the Uzbekistan Space Camp. In 1994, Buraq held its first Pakistani Space Camp in Murree and has held nine camps since then. Graduate Buraqians play a key role in the organization of Space Camps, creating a self-supporting hierarchy of individuals who understand the Buraq experience firsthand.

Shahid Mahmud, the Chairman of Buraq, originally came up with the idea of forming a society that focused on the exploration of space sciences. Along with co-founder Sameer Qureshi, they studied and adapted the Space Camp pattern that already existed in Uzbekistan and integrated that into what came to be known as the Buraq Space Camp.

Buraq Planetary Society is a CSR project of Interactive Group of Companies (www.iacgrp.com) and our Patron-in-Chief is the Pakistan Air Force.

Shahid Mahmud is one of the leading telecommunication experts in Pakistan. He is the CEO of Interactive Communications and has been on the board of directors of companies such as Paktel, Askari Bank and Indus Vision. Sameer Qureshi completed his Bachelors in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and his Masters from Stanford University. He is currently working at Intel.

SHAHID MAHMUD

SHAHID MAHMUD

Chairman

As Chairman, Mr. Shahid Mahmud has provided the vision and leadership that led to the establishment of Buraq Planetary Society...

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usman yousuf

Usman Yousuf

Vice Chairperson

Mr. Usman Yousuf is Vice Chairperson at Buraq Planetary Society. He is a Buraqian Alumni himself (1999 camp) and has since then come back as Wing Commander (2001)...

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Naureen Gul Mahmud

Naureen Gul Mahmud

Vice Chairperson

Naureen Gul Mahmud is a member of the Board of Directors at Buraq Planetary Society providing key inputs on vision, strategy and objectives...

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Anushay Mahmud Usman

Anushay Mahmud Usman

Secretary General

Mrs. Anushay Mahmud Usman is currently the Secretary General at Buraq Planetary Society. Having attended all the Buraq Space Camps, she is currently involved in the overall coordination...

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House No.11,Street No.29 F-7/1,Islamabad Pakistan
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