International Youth Day on August 12
International Youth Day to be celebrated on August 12
Islamabad, Aug 04: International Youth Day (IYD) will be celebrated across the
world including Pakistan on August 12 to recognise the contribution of youth in
society's development and engage them in more constructive activities. Following
this year's theme 'Sustainability: Our Challenge. Our Future,' young people in
every part of the world will be encouraged to adopt a global sense of social
Youth day is an opportunity for governments and others to
draw attention toward youth issues worldwide. Concerts, workshops, cultural
events and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth
organizations would take place around the world.
Other activities include
seminars promoting the world's youth, as well as various sporting events,
parades and mobile exhibitions that showcase young people's
IYD is aimed to recognize efforts of the world's youth in
enhancing global society and promote ways to engage them in becoming more
actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.
Nazoora, Programme Manager, World Population Foundation (WPF) told APP that the
awareness programmes will be arranged across the country in connection with the
celebrations of International Youth Day. However, a web based essay competition
was launched today. The topic for the essay competition is "United for Peace
towards Greater Sustainability." She said that the results of the competition
will be announced on August 14. The first winner will get Rs5000 while second
and third prize holder will receive Rs3000, and Rs2000 respectively.
is arranging all these activities in collaboration with other civil society
organizations including Rozan, Right to Play and Plan Pakistan, she informed.
The plays, dramas and sports activities will also be arranged to promote peace
message across the country.
However, the foundation is also planning to
arrange a walk in the federal capital on the day. International Youth day was
designated by the United Nations in 1999 by the adoption of resolution and
celebrated for the first time in 2000.
The UN defines the worlds' youth
as the age group between 15 and 24 years old, making up one-sixth of the human
The idea for International Youth Day was proposed in 1991 by
young people who were gathered in Vienna, Austria, for the first session of the
UN's World Youth Forum.
The forum recommended that an International
Youth Day be declared, especially for fundraising and promotional purposes, to
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8 students awarded UK scholarships
Islamabad: As many as eight students were awarded UK scholarships by
Preparation For All (PFL) International Limited in a ceremony held
These eight students were selected out of 18 through a transparent
process of balloting conducted by panel experts.
The scholarships were aimed
to assist high achievers and help these students financially as reward for their
Five students including Ali Ahsan Iqbal, Kashif
Iftikhar, Bilal Paracha, Adeel Raza, Ali Irfan were awarded scholarships worth
2,000 Pound Sterling each while mega scholarship award worth 10,000 Pound
Sterling was given to Javeria Afghan.
One of the student Laraib Ali was
awarded with 'Chairman Scholarship Award' worth 5,000 pound Sterling and Syed
Ali Asghar was given 'CEO Scholarship Award' worth 2,500 Pound Sterling.
Representative PFL informed that thousands of students applied for scholarships
through PFL centres in various cities of the country out of which 30 students
were selected initially by a panel of education experts from LUMS, HEC and other
Following the formula devised by panel experts, 18 students
were short-listed who met the criteria in terms of qualification and aptitude,
he said. Finally, eight students out of 18 were selected through a fair process
of balloting conducted in today's ceremony.
CEO PFL, Zafar Iqbal while
addressing the participants said that fair process was adopted by the company to
determine who is entitled for this award.
It was observed in terms and
conditions that no relative of any PFL employees would be considered as eligible
to apply for this scholarship.
About PFL, he told it is an international company that has established itself on
its reputation for high quality service provision. PFL has eight companies and
15 offices across the world.
Vice Chancellor Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Dr
Qasim Jan, as chief guest, congratulated the winners and said PFL has set a
healthy tradition of awarding scholarships to the capable students.
will set the way for others to follow. Such initiative will be the source of
human capital development in the country, he added.
South Asia has become a
hub of talented students, he said and hoped that these students will emerge as
useful citizens of the country after completion of their studies.
there are a number of degree awarding universities in the country but still we
are behind in terms of access to quality education.
The youth between the age
of 17 to 24 are deprived of the quality education which is hindering the way of
progress, he said.
The concept of seeking knowledge has not emerged from
western society but according to our religious teachings, one should travel from
one part of the world to another part for the sake of getting knowledge, Dr.
Dr. Qasim advised the students to understand the social aspects
of life besides acquiring formal education.
He also lauded the role of
corporate sector in encouraging the students toward acquiring knowledge and for
playing their role in socio-economic development. The Nation
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Protest to save ICU assets kicks off
Peshawar: The teaching and non-teaching employees of the newly established
Islamia College University on Monday kicked off their protest drive to press the
government withdraw the notification on division of the assets of Islamia
Earlier, the employees in the joint general body
meeting of the teachers, Class-III and Class-IV associations, had announced
schedule for protest campaign against the handing over of the properties and
assets to the University of Peshawar (UoP).
The UoP administration, on
the other hand, has expressed unawareness with regard to any notification about
the properties of the Islamia College. Vice-Chancellor of Islamia College
University Ajmal Khan, too, was unaware about any such decision.
employees as per the decision they had taken in the general body gathered in
front of the office of the vice-chancellor of the university and staged a sit-in
for two hours. The protesters were led by presidents and general secretaries of
Islamia College University Teachers Association, Class-III, Class-IV
associations and senior alumni association.
Vice-Chancellor Ajmal Khan
came out of his office and addressed the protesting employees. He said that he
had not received any notification about the distribution of the properties of
the college. He, however, failed to convince the protesters to call off their
Later, a delegation of the employees also held a
meeting with the vice-chancellor in his office. The vice-chancellor assured the
delegation that nobody would usurp the assets of the historic seat of learning
of the province.
The employees, on the other hand, resolved to continue
their strike till the college was given its rights.
Earlier, President of
Teaching Staff Association Izhar Ahmed, General Secretary Sheda Muhammad
Kakakhel, Professor Eidur Rahman Khattak and others addressed the gathered
The speakers said if there was no decision about the division
of the assets of the Islamia College, why the government was not denying it.
They said that they would continue their protest drive till the government
offered a clear assurance that no such step had been taken.
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Course on 'Tissue Culture
Rawalpindi: A training course on 'Tissue Culture Lab Technician' commenced
here Monday at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
(PMAS-AAUR), organised by the Varsity's Department of Horticulture in
collaboration with Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF).
The purpose of this
programme that will continue till August 20 is to provide a complete hands-on
experience, with skills and knowledge gained to be especially useful for plant
propagators and breeders, lab technicians, horticulturalists, botanists,
nurserymen and allied trades.
The course is designed to train the
students comprehensively on the techniques of plant tissue culture, and has the
strength for better job opportunities in industries as well as for higher
academics in both basic and applied sciences. It comprises techniques of plant
tissue culture and its application in horticulture and plant biotechnology, with
almost 75 per cent of the course time devoted to practical training work.
The course starts with the basics of subjects such as introduction to
plant tissue culture, organisation plan and basic requirements of plant tissue
culture laboratory, to be followed by techniques of plant tissue culture like
seed, embryo, axillary bud, leaf and meristem culture.
As a unique
feature, the course deals with the application of plant tissue culture such as
micro propagation of plants, disease free plant production and germplasm
conservation. Finally, the course will wrap up with special aspects of plant
tissue culture techniques like in vitro grafting, and in vitro and ex vitro
Prof Dr Muhammad Munir, Dean Faculty of Crop & Food Sciences
AAUR, in his address as the chief guest at the training course's inaugural
session, appreciated the efforts of the Horticulture Department for organising
the training course.
"The science of plant tissue culture as a tool to
propagate plants at a large scale as an indispensable aid to biotechnology has
made a tremendous impact on worldwide food production and the business of plant
production through tissue culture runs into billions of US dollars annually. The
extent of industrial potential of tissue culture techniques could well be gauged
by the mushrooming of plant tissue culture and biotechnology based industries in
various parts of the world," he said. The News
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FJWU students exhibit theses
Rawalpindi: Students of computer arts at Fatima Jinnah Women
University (FJWU) on Monday exhibited their theses during a ceremony.
Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Saeeda Asadullah Khan inaugurated the ceremony
in presence of Faculty of Arts Dean Prof Samina Amin Qadir and a large number of
faculty members and students.
The exhibition featured different objects
in the areas of photography, animation, video productions, digital art,
classical animation, claymation, interactive CD/game designs and graphic
In the field of computer graphic, some students created
cartoons and games on diverse social issues like traffic rules. Promotional
documentaries were very appealing to visitors.
A student highlighted
indigenous 'truck art'. Zarin Gul, Hena Ali, Afshan Jamal, Darakhshan Batool,
Ahlam Tariq, Taqi Shaheen, Fatima Mazhar, Rabia Zia and Lubna Yasmin supervised
the students in their projects. Dialy Times
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