The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) versus Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI) feud is an age-old one and a clip from recently released drama Sinf-e-Aahan is reigniting passions on Twitter as people take virtual swings at each other. GIKI students are rejoicing whilst NUST-ians fire back in defence — the battle between the country's leading engineering colleges persists.
Sinf-e-Aahan, produced by Humayun Saeed in collaboration with ISPR, released its first episode on Saturday and while it was well received, some scenes stood out — one in particular where Sajal Aly’s character meets a family for a prospective rishta. The man's mother asked her where she studied and upon hearing “NUST”, she asked why not a foreign university or — wait for it — GIKI.
This was enough to offend the sensibilities of former and current students of NUST and have GIKI alumni and students cheering.
The scene was posted by a Twitter user watching the video with other GIKI students or alumni and it literally ended in cheers.
While the validation was celebrated by GIKI students, as they claimed the ISPR has finally ended the feud, the debate continued.
Some called GIKI the ultimate rishta aunty.
While others went as far as saying GIKI sponsored the drama for promotional purposes, this user tackled it head on.
The producers’ graduation details were also researched to catch any signs of bias.
Some moms used this drama clip to validate their children's choices.
Calling GIKI and NUST equals, this NUST-ian gave GIKI an edge only because his brother is married while he’s still single.
This user thought the real rivalry was between NUST and LUMS rather than GIKI.
There was also a stream of NUST-ians sharing how their family and friends at the rival school were feeling very superior after this.
There’s always that one guy that pulls out the receipts and does a fact check.
Some NUST-ians called the aunty “toxic” and dismissed her comments.
One user brought another scene to light that “deserves more attention”.
Most Twitter users had their popcorn out, watching the drama unfold.
There were also some who were only now discovering GIKI.
Both colleges are amongst the top engineering schools in the country and their rivalry has added spice to our Twitter feeds. Sinf-e-Aahan caused such a huge spark-up after a single episode, we can't wait to see what happens as the drama unfolds.