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Mujeeb Sheikh

Country of Origin Pakistan
Length of Time in Columbus Since 2008
Reason for Move Job at Cummins
Education & Profession I was born in Lahore, Pakistan. I graduated from Engineering University Lahore in Electrical Engineering and soon after I moved to US to pursue my Masters in Electrical Engineering at Oklahoma Sate University. I lived in at many places in North America including Oklahoma, Texas, Toronto and New Jersey before my family and I moved to Columbus in April 2008.

I currently work for Cummins as Director Customer Care Strategy and Operations.

Family Members Uzma and I have been married for twenty years. We have two boys; Fazeel is 18 and currently a senior at Columbus North. He will be joining IU in fall 2009 to pursue education in pre-medical. Zahir is 15 and is currently a sophomore at Columbus North. Uzma is a part time Teacher Assistant at Columbus North High School.
Hobbies Politics, Movies, Squash (sport).
Childhood Years & Schooling While the University programs in Pakistan are similar to the US, the rest of the system is divided into four levels: Primary (grades one through five); Middle (grades six through eight); High (grades nine and ten, leading to the Secondary School Certificate); Intermediate (grades eleven and twelve, leading to a Higher Secondary School Certificate also required to be eligible for a University program). Pakistan also has a parallel secondary school education system in private schools, which is based upon the curriculum set and administered by the Cambridge International Examinations in place of government exams. Some students choose to take the O Level and A Level exams through the British Council.
How do you preserve and celebrate your heritage and culture? We stay close to the local Pakistani community and create opportunities for social interactions.
Is there a celebration or festival that you particularly enjoy? There are two days in a year that I enjoyed the most, End of Ramadan celebration or Eid ul Fitr and day after Hajj to Mecca or Eid ul D’ha.

What do you enjoy about living in Columbus? I have been living in the U.S. since 1987 when I moved here to pursue higher education. I moved to Columbus in 2008. I think the U.S. is one of the best places in the World due to its higher living standards, freedom of speech and religion and educational opportunities. The U.S. society generously accepts newcomers and helps them establish and make the U.S. a home away from home.
Was it difficult to adjust to life in Columbus? I have lived in many places in U.S. and Canada and transition to Columbus has been the best so far.
What do you miss about your native country? Other than my family I miss the food.
What would you like other Columbus residents to know about your native country? Pakistan (officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan), is located in South Asia and is at a pivotal location at the crossroads of South Asia, the Middle East, and Central Asia. It has a 650 mile coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south, and is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, the Republic of India in the east and the People's Republic of China in the far northeast. Tajikistan also lies very close to Pakistan. In recent times, Pakistan has been called part of the Greater Middle East.

Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world and has the second largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia. The country is listed among the Next Eleven economies.