Intel ISEF 2012: Peshawar girl wins science accolade

Published: May 21, 2012


Seventeen year old Shiza Gulab, who secured fourth place in the world’s largest pre-college science fair, arrived in her hometown in Swati Patik on Sunday.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2012 was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States. Three Pakistani teenagers Shiza Gulab, Mahnoor Hassan and Bushra Shahed attained fourth position for their project titled ‘Energy Square for Cattle.’

Gulab, a first-year engineering student at the Institute of Computer and Management Sciences (ICMS), Peshawar, talks about her project and the inspiration behind it.

“We attended a workshop in Islamabad in which the organisers suggested that we work in the fields of biology, mathematics, physics and computer science.”

Gulab said she decided to select a topic from the field of biology on her mother’s advice. “I discussed the idea with my colleagues Mahnoor and Bushra and they also agreed with me and we started working on our project.”

“Our project attained first position at the national level competition in which 86 teams participated and the regional level in the Pak-Turkish School Peshawar. When we found out that our team had been selected for Intel ISEF, we felt a mixture of extreme happiness and confusion.”

Gulab’s father Gul Shah is understandably filled with pride. “I am very happy. She has not only made me proud, but also the province and our country.”

Shah said he has cows in his home which are not raised for a source of income or milk, but to nurture his children’s interest in animals. He added that his daughter was destined to work for the development of the country.

Gulab’s mother maintains that her daughter is a very intelligent student and gets first position in school every year.

Principal of ICMS college for girls, Ambareen Batol said it was a “pleasure that our students have been selected for the international fair.”

ICMS Director Malik Tajamul Hayat said the prize winning students are already on scholarship and will be facilitated in every possible way to excel in their studies. Giving details about the project, she said it was designed to provide livestock with adequate nutrition even in times of natural disasters. The formula, which is a dry mix of a variety of ingredients such as mulberry, wheat, maize, rice polish, urea and calcium, provides vitamins and protein to the animals. It also contributes in controlling diseases, increasing milk production and weight in cattle in just 28 days.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Wazir
    May 21, 2012 - 9:04AM

    Wow Shiza..congratulations..amidst the decay and destruction and all the negative press that Peshawar is recieiving, you are the diamond in the rough have made us all proud..The country needs people like you..Through education and enlightenment, we can progress much further.Good luck and God speed..all the best….As the saying goes in Pashto..Toora da waka…


  • May 21, 2012 - 10:23AM

    Hey Winning girl Congratulation
    i advices you something as pakistani. Start your own Website or blog it that will remind people that you still alive.
    our nation forgot news after 5 mints. But every inspiring personality must keep alive in people eye.
    Make Your World Level team many people wanted to be Your New Projects apart.
    So for furture help in Website or Blog email me i will Do what i can do..
    [email protected]


  • Muhammad Saleem Usmani
    May 21, 2012 - 10:31AM

    Congratulations….You have made yourself, your family and above all this nation proud…Keep up the good work and May Allah Almighty grant you every success..


  • Zamir Malik
    May 21, 2012 - 10:48AM

    Well done girl. I spent my childhood in Swati Patik and at that time there were fields and I have so many memories attached to that place and Congrats girls that an unknown place in Peshawar is known to the world as well.


  • Manzoor Ahmed Khan
    May 21, 2012 - 11:29AM

    Congratulations on giving us some good news in these rough times…..


  • Naseer Muhammad
    May 21, 2012 - 11:29AM

    We are a very capable people! All we need is good leadership :-)


  • Blithe
    May 21, 2012 - 12:59PM



  • THE
    May 21, 2012 - 1:12PM

    Amazing project! Congratulations! Wish you all the best for the future.


  • Ali
    May 21, 2012 - 2:05PM

    What’s the project!!!!??? No details!!


  • Pakistani
    May 21, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Well done!!! You made Pakistan proud……


  • Waleed Ahmad
    May 21, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Cousin!!! made the news! :D..Mashallah really proud of you. Love you guys!


  • Mujahid Shah
    May 21, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Great job, congratulation Shazia Gulab. Very happy to read about ur success. U really made ur parents, ur family, ur province and lovely Pakistan proud. May Allah gv u more courage and ability for more success. I love my country and intelligent people like u. God bless u.


  • HM
    May 21, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Just wondering.. if it’s a ‘pre-college’ competition.. how can first year college students like Shiza Gulab participate?


  • AIN
    May 21, 2012 - 8:17PM

    keep it up..good work!!


  • May 21, 2012 - 9:55PM

    Good job shiza, proud of you..Recommend

  • Zeta
    May 21, 2012 - 11:29PM

    Pride of Pakistan, Congratulations


  • Adnan
    May 22, 2012 - 12:13AM



    May 22, 2012 - 1:43AM

    great work…keep it up


  • Lakshman Nonis
    May 24, 2012 - 4:55AM

    we are happy for you. Compliments from De mazenod College team from SriLanka.


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