Khanewal: Christian girl appointed as an Agriculture Officer at Punjab’ Extension wing

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A Christian girl takes up the charge of Agriculture Officer in Khanewal. 26-year-old, Marryam Bakhtawar, was appointed for this post recently, on April 6. “I am now working as an Agriculture Officer (BPS-17) in Extension wing in Khanewal,” she told about her job. “I have been assigned 11 union councils, with a field assistant working with me in each union council (11 field assistants),” she went on to reveal.

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Marryam further disclosed about the responsibilities she has been assigned as an Agricultural Officer saying, “Its a field job, our team has to arrange farmer meetings and seminars on daily or weekly basis to give necessary information about seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and production technologies of all the crops, fruits and vegetables being grown in the area to aim maximum production. We also arrange competitions among progressing farmers and award them with cash prizes or agricultural equipments to encourage them.”

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This knowledable portent girl shines out, as an author of six research articles, which have been published, in different international journals. Marryam says she has thus far attended eight national and international conferences where she had presented oral and poster presentations. She went on to let out: “During my studies, I have done freelancing (online article writing) and coped with my expenses during MPhill and Ph.D. at my own.”

While achieving a lot, she advises, Christian girls, saying: “You are not less than anyone. We all know that girls are exceeding in almost every field including health, education, marketing and many others. I have shared my experience with you. No one is born talented; no one is educated by birth. All you have to do is to trust God and work harder and harder.”

“Do NOT make marriage your fate. You can go ahead, work with males and exceed in this society. Agriculture was just a field of men but now there are more girls here. Keep your updated with all fields and keep applying in various departments. The sky’s the limit” she said while putting it in two cents.

When asked about her academic, course she said that she started schooling in a very early age. “I went to WAPDA High school for class nursery where my grandmother, Josephine Austin was serving as Principal.” Later on her family moved to Khanewal, where she passed her matriculation exams. “I stood first in every class till class 7. I was also a position holder in Matric.”

“I got admission in B.Sc(Hons) Agriculture in the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. I got the degree in 2011.” She later eyed for higher education and an MPhill degree and got admission in Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan. “I struggled hard to get scholarship and finally won Indigenous scholarship for MPhill leading to Ph.D.” She cleared MPhill in Agricultural Entomology in 2013, followed by continuation of studies leading to Ph.D. “Right now, I am almost done with my research work and doing thesis work.”

She has a deep insight into the existing deteriorating situation of the society, “I wish my society a better lifestyle, which is only possible through hard work. There are so many things which need improvement. The very first is education,” she said. She has a desire, to play an instrumental role in the advancement of society, “I wish to be a part of projects which could help to improve education, health, better employment, reduce crime rates etc. This is not difficult. If each of us works with this aim, I am sure our society will have maximum productivity.”

Marryam, further asks Pakistani Christians not to lose hope at any point, “All my dear brothers and sisters, Never lose hope, lack of money or lack of resources should not let your ambitions down. Carry on your struggle.” She concluded with suggesting Pakistani Christian youth: “Please stay tuned with the scholarships to get more and more education. Higher Education Commission, PEEF, Minority scholarships and many other scholarships are there with which you do not have to spend a penny on your education from your pocket.”

She urged them to apply for jobs reserved for minorities’ and said: “Keep on applying for the vacancies in Public service commission (Punjab, Sindh, Federal or others) and look up for other Government jobs. There are many seats reserved for minority quota which are wasted every year. Grab those vacancies and praise the Lord!”