PAKISTANI STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION (PSA UO)
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, CANADA
What is PSA?
Pakistan Zindabad - پاکستان زِنده باد
PSA UO - Mission
To help students gain a higher perspective and knowledge on the culture of Pakistan by interacting through student-run events based at the University of Ottawa.
- To propagate and promote Pakistani culture and heritage among Pakistani-Canadians
- To carry on social and cultural activities.
- To provide an opportunity for its members to learn and nurture the Pakistani language.
- To provide a means for interaction among various generations of Pakistani-Canadians and individuals of non-Pakistani descent in the uOttawa community interested in Pakistani culture.
- PSA would not enforce religious beliefs on any members in anyway.
- PSA at uOttawa will operate in compliance with all relevant uOttawa policies.
PSA is a group at the University of Ottawa whose mandate is to promote social and cultural events in order to allow members to embrace the Pakistani tradition. The events we organize are mainly for the sheer enjoyment of the group members and include but are not limited to activities, formals, or social gatherings. The events we organize benefit the SFUO and the University of Ottawa by building a bridge between other SFUO clubs & associations by helping students interact with others and help gain a better knowledge on what the campus has to offer.
2017-2018 uOttawa Executive Members
Usama Akhter is doing his undergraduate studies in Bio-medical Mechanical Engineering and currently is in fourth year of his program. He was born in Karachi but raised and lived most of his life in Toronto. He is a staunch supporter of diversity and believes PSA can play a strong role in promoting that on campus. He strives and envisions for a better future for Pakistan and it’s people. Along with creating an accessible & comfortable platform for Pakistanis at the University of Ottawa, he holds a strong desire to spread awareness and to educate other students about cultural heritage and socio-political landscape of Pakistan. He also hope to erase any misconceptions people may have about Pakistan and therefore along with his team, they work conscientiously to portray Pakistan in a positive light.
Music, Food and Fast Cars!
"There is no power that can undo Pakistan"
Abdullah Muhammad is a fourth-year student from Montreal, Canada studying at the University of Ottawa with aspirations of doing major’s in Electrical Engineering. His goals are to gather people from different nationalities and backgrounds to show the magnificent culture and hospitality of Pakistani’s. He also believes in displaying the unique features of each province within Pakistan and at the same time unifying them to create an undivided identity of the country He is also excited to serve as a Canadian Pakistani and hopes to see PSA grow.
Sasha Aman is doing her Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and Management. She was born and raised in Ottawa but her family originates from Karachi, Pakistan. She believes that everyone has the potential to do their best and that is why she relies on the PSA UO team to work together and contribute equally to showcase events & gatherings at a scale that Ottawa has never seen before. With her experience in various events she is determined to organize bigger and better programs in this upcoming year to present the Pakistani culture and it’s kindhearted people. There are a lot of negative images of Pakistan in the media and she believes that the only way we can change that is by showing those around us our hospitable culture. If you ever see her on campus say hi as she looks forward to meeting and recruiting new members to the PSA uOttawa family.
With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve - Jinnah
Anusheh Tanveer is pursuing her Bachelors of Commerce degree in International Management. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan but was grew up in Saudi Arabia. Anusheh hopes to provide free education and help improve the standard of living in the poverty-stricken areas. She wants to promote the beautiful sceneries of Pakistan and its abundant culture. Her main goal in the PSA is to help host events that instigate patriotic feelings for Pakistan and display its culture and traditions, in order to defeat the negative stereotypes.
Ashar A. Qureshi
Ashar Qureshi is doing his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering and currently in his third year. Born and raised in Karachi, he moved to Canada three years ago to pursue higher education. He believes in promoting the values and culture of Pakistan within the Canadian Community by helping organize events, and for him, diversity is paramount to success. He strives and envisions for a better future for Pakistan and its’ people.
Haaris Muhammad is a student at the University of Ottawa, doing his second year of undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering. He believes that PSA has so much potential to reach out and support those who are willing to work hard for the benefit of Pakistani students at U of O. He first got involved with PSA as an office hour volunteer in his first year and through this, he met many students who he shared common interests and goals with. Part of his role is to aid the other executive members in achieving their goals and plan events that embrace the Pakistani cultures. He also wanted to be a part of PSA to meet and learn as much as he can from others who share the same passion.
Pakistan is proud of her youth, particularly the students, who are nation builders of tomorrow. They must fully equip themselves by discipline, education, and training for the arduous task lying ahead of them.
-Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Fiqa Rabia is in her third year, completing her undergraduate studies in a Double Major of Criminology and Women’s Studies. She was born in Pakistan but raised in a small town in Ontario. She has previously helped organize events for the local multi-cultural club, to help showcase the beauty that lies in Pakistan. She hopes to use her position in the PSA to promote the diversity and magnificence of Pakistan.
Mahrona Khan is a 2nd-year student who is pursuing her undergraduate studies in Health Sciences. Born in Abbottabad Pakistan, she has lived in Ottawa for most of her life. Mahrona wishes to show people the nature of Pakistan; its kindhearted people and vibrant culture. She hopes that not only Pakistani people but people from around the world can come together and make PSA an extraordinary club.
Public Relations Officer
Naqiyah Telia is a 3rd year student in Health Science at the University of Ottawa. Her knowledge of Pakistan combined with her life experiences equips Naqiyah with the ability to inform and educate all students about the Pakistani culture she has come to love. Naqiyah wishes to use her position at PSA to get everyone excited about all the fun yet informative events we have to offer this year!
Alekya Gouda is a fourth-year student from Toronto, studying at University of Ottawa majoring in Economics and Public Policy. Her goals are to educate various people from different nationalities on the diversity of the Pakistani culture, and highlight the various unique features of the country. She also hopes that PSA will grow culturally into the Canadian community.
Waqas Shah is a fourth-year Electrical Engineering student at University of Ottawa. He is originally from Islamabad, Pakistan and moved to Ottawa, Canada for his bachelor’s degree. He seeks to provide a forum at University of Ottawa for Pakistan-origin students to discuss sociopolitical issues related to the Pakistani Community and provide them with the support they need to be successful at University of Ottawa.
Events for the school year 2018-2019!
Aatish Meet & Greet BBQ
October 19th 2018
Britannia Park 5:00pm
Ramadan Iftar Dinner
In observance of Ramadan, PSA would like to invite all students to join us for free Iftaar on Friday June 8th at 8pm. Iftar is the meal eaten at sunset after the day of fasting during the month of Ramadan.
Fasting means to abstain from all kinds of food or drink. You can try fasting for the day or you can simply come for dinner and enjoy a night of food and friends! This is open to anyone who wants to come, so feel free to bring friends. The event will be held at the University of Ottawa MRT 218
Questions? please don't hesitate to contact any PSA executives. See you all on 8th June!
OTTAWA’S OFFICIAL SOUTH ASIAN FORMAL
PSA UO | PSA CU
☆ OTTAWA’S OFFICIAL SOUTH ASIAN FORMAL ☆
☆☆☆ FT. FATEH DOE ☆☆☆
► Formal | Dinner & Dance ◄
► Saturday, March 10, 2018 ◄
► Doors open at 6:00 PM ◄
► Venue ◄
St. Anthony's Banquet
523 St Anthony Street, Ottawa, ON
► Tickets ◄
Early Birds: $45 (SOLD OUT)
VIP: $60 (***Limited*** ; Includes Meet & Greet with Artists)
► Dress Code ◄
► Tickets & Contact Information ◄
• University of Ottawa •
Powered & Brought to you by:
► PSA - Pakistani Students' Association Carleton ◄
► Carleton Indian Students Association (CISA) ◄
► PSA uOttawa ◄
► Indian Students' Federation - University of Ottawa ◄
Bollywood Beat - Eve Lounge
Presented by: ISF, PSA UO, BOTN
Friday Oct 7th 2016 - Come out and socialize with your typical desi crowd and dance the night away.
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Early Bird Tickets: $10
Door Tickets: $15
For tickets contact: 819-328-8151
Students Guidance and Mentoring Session
Presented by: CPA, PSA UO, PSA CU
Location: SITE A0150
Saturday, October 8th 2016 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
With guidance from scholars of various field come join PSA and CPA for some networking and refreshments will be provided.
AN EVENING WITH BUSHRA ANSARI
PRESENTED to you by CPA & PSA
Adult High School
Nov 19th 2016 - 6:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Tickets starting from $20, $35, $50.
For tickets contact: 613-265-1072 / (613) 263-0530
PSA SHUGAL & GAME NIGHT!
*** PSA Shugal & Game Night ***
Are you tired of studying? Wanna just take a break and dont know how? Come to the PSA Shugal and Game Night!! Have a blast challenging the PSA execs with your gaming skills, whether its Ludo, Carom or a game of your own! This is a great chance to discover new games and people to play them with! Entrance is free, and pizza and snacks will be available for purchase. Bring your friends and join us in a fun and relaxed environment!
November 10th 2016
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: A04 CBY - Student Lounge, 161 Louis-Pasteur,
University of Ottawa - Colonel By
Atif Aslam LIVE in Ottawa -
October 28th 2016 7:30pm
PSA uOttawa is proudly collaborating with ABV Friends Entertainment for a magical and a memorable night to remember which will feature Pakistani bollywood sensation the one & only Atif Aslam along with Ottawa's very own Young Singh, Sagar G and Miztah Brown! Tickets go on sale Monday Oct 3rd and we will be selling tickets everyday at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, for more details feel free to message us on our page!
Raat Jashan Di - SEMI FORMAL 2016 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH 2016
☆☆☆ PSA UO | ISF | UOSAB | CISA | PSA CU | CSLSA ☆☆☆
☆RAAT JASHAN DI☆
THE OFFICIAL SOUTH ASIAN SEMI-FORMAL OF THE YEAR IS BACK AGAIN!
PSA UO, CISA, ISF, PSA CU, UOSAB, CSLSA...present Raat Jashan Di! That's right, it's that time of the year again and we have teamed up to organize a night to remember! Here's a night you don't want to miss, so you better keep November 26th clear on your calendar!
► Semi-Formal | Dinner & Dance ◄
►Saturday, November 26th, 2016◄
►Doors open at 6:30 PM ◄
► Ukrainian Banquet Hall ◄
► Tickets ◄
- Early Birds: $25.00
- Regular: $30.00
► Dress Code ◄
University of Ottawa
PSA uOttawa: 613 263-0530/613-265-1072
GeeGee's Vs. Ravens Cricket Clash!
Oct 9th 2016
Location: Lynda Lane Park 12:00 - 4:00
Practice your swing and lace your shoes, the uOttawa vs. CarletonU Cricket Clash is happening this Sunday, October 9th!
Come by to show us how deep cricket runs in your blood!
The match is a T20 hardball game and food and beverages will be provided!
Spectators are welcome to come enjoy the food and live cricket entertainment whilst cheering for your favourite side!
For more information, please visit the event page on facebook:
Bond with your fellow Pakistanis by joining us for our upcoming activities! Add us on snapchat (psauottawa) and view our story at each event!
Spring/Summer Semester 2016:
PSA Annual Iftar - Sunday June 12th 2016 (collab w/ PSA CU)
LMX 342, 339 uOttawa
PSA Annual Iftar 2.0 - July 3rd 2016 (collab w/ PSA CU)
uOttawa Campus Couch Lounge
SummerBash Mango Festival 16' - Saturday July 30th 2016 (collab w/ PSA CU/ ISF UO)
Lynda Lane Park
Friday, Sept., 9th, 2016 - Chand Raat Eid Bazaar (Hellenic Banquet Hall, 5pm - 12 am)
Thursday Sept, 8th, 2016 - 101Week Table, Outside UCU
Sept 13th/14th Tuesday/Wednesday - Clubs Week Table, Inside UCU!
The PSA is composed of students, alumni, and staff of the University of Ottawa.
Any member of the University of Ottawa community (including students, staff, faculty, and alumni) has the right to become a member. The executive body has the right to grant membership to anyone who has an interest in the Pakistani language and culture and in maintaining social contact with the PSA.
Membership in the PSA is acquired:
By registering with the PSA Executive body
By payment of annual dues to the PSA treasurer (optional)
Membership expires annually after annual elections.
To apply, please fill out this form and send it to our email at email@example.com
Photos & videos from our events.
Past Executive Teams
☾☆ EXECUTIVE TEAM 2016-2017 ☾☆
President: Sasha Aman
Co-Vice Presidents: Usama Akhter & Saira Aziz
Events Coordinator: Shahrukh Bhat
Executive Officer: Muneeb Asif
Treasurer: Zinia Abid Syed
General Secretary: Abdullah Muhammad
Public Relations Officer: Nahl Kainat
Co-Media Chair Rep: Mahrukh Yaqoob & Zaeem Qureshi
Graduate Representative: Malik M. Jumani
☾☆ EXECUTIVE TEAM 2015-2016 ☾☆
President: Sasha Aman
Co-Vice Presidents: Rida Bhangoo & Mahrukh Yaqoob
Events Coordinator: Usama Akhter
Treasurer: Aisha Rahmaan
General Secretary: Saira Aziz
Public Relations Officer: Sonia Siddiqi (Transferred Universities)
Media Chair Rep: Manahil Sadiq
First Year Rep: Nahl Kainat
First Year Rep: Shahrukh Bhat
☾☆ EXECUTIVE TEAM 2014-2015 ☾☆
Co-Presidents: Shahrukh Anis & Samah Syed
Co-Vice Presidents: Sasha Aman & Shehbaz Paracha
Public Relations: Maaz Irfan
Public Relations Officer: Faraz Ahmad
Events Coordinator: Aisha Rahmaan
Treasurer: Rida Bhangoo
Grad Rep: Ali Waqar Anwar
Media Chair Person: Mahrukh Yaqoob
☾☆ EXECUTIVE TEAM 2013-2014 ☾☆
Co-Presidents: Shahrukh Anis & Samah Syed
Vice-President: Najla Noor
Public Relations Officer: Sasha Aman
Co-Events Coordinator: Aisha Rahmaan & Mehreen Malik
Treasurer: Rida Bhangoo
General Secretary: Shehbaz Paracha
☾☆PSA Execs 2012-2013 ☾☆
President: Manzoor Syed
Vice-President: Samah Syed
Public Relations Officer: Shahrukh Anis
Treasurer: Saba Unsar
General Secretary: Najla Noor
Events Coordinator: Sasha Aman
First Year Rep: Faraz Ahmad Paracha
☾☆PSA Execs 2011-2012 ☾☆
President: Imran Zaidi
Vice-President: Mohammad Naqvi
Public Relations Officer: Abdul Haseeb Awan
Co-Events Coordinator: Hera Naz & Vardah Naeem
Treasurer: Fawad Khan
General Secretary: Unaiz Rehmani
First Year Rep: Samah Syed