Comsats, SDPI technical resources sharing
Comsats, SDPI signed MOU to share resources
Islamabad, Dec 17: Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Commission
on Science & Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (Comsats)
have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that paves the way for sharing
of intellectual and technical resources between the two organisations.
Based on common interests and focus on sustainable development, the
agreement aims at strengthening institutional networking, enhancing
organisational capacities and extending outreach.
Dr Imtinan Elahi
Qureshi, Executive Director Comsats, and Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive
Director SDPI, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations in a
ceremony that took place at the Comsats headquarters, says a press release.
The MoU has resulted from consultations held between the officials of
Comsats and SDPI over the last many months, the most important of which took
place on November 26.
According to the MoU, the two organisations will
collaborate in areas of education, healthcare and population, food and
agriculture, renewable energy, institutional capacity building, information and
communication technologies, employment generation, environment, and South-South
The means and protocols of collaboration as agreed by the
two organisations include the exchange of information, knowledge and expertise;
assistance for educational and training opportunities; holding of national and
international events; formulation of strategy and policy advice; and support in
media and public relations.
Comsats would organise a special session on
renewable energy in SDPI's forthcoming annual sustainable development
conference. The news
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12-year-old scolded for scaring school
Islamabad: A threatening call received by a government school sent the
city police into hectic action on Wednesday but ended in just reprimanding a
Police traced the call to a class six student of the
school, who admitted to playing the prank "to take revenge against the school"
after failing the exams for promotion to the next class for the third time.
The student made the call to Islamabad Model College for Boys F-11/1.
The administration immediately called police, which reached the school along
with bomb disposal squad, and scanned it but found nothing.
caller was traced who turned out to be a student of the educational institute.
He was brought to police station and during interrogation he told the
police that he failed for third time and in revenge he committed the act.
Later he was allowed to go after his parents assured that he would not
do it in future.
A senior police officer when contacted said that the
police did not want to take any action against the minor, and he was released
after dressing down. Dawn
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Declamation contest among students
Islamabad: To mark 30th anniversary of the adoption of Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Ministry
of Women Development (MoWD) organised a bilingual declamation contest at the
In addition to providing youth a platform to express
their views on the topic, the event was also aimed at introducing the
international obligations of the government to the educated human resource of
The participants brilliantly deliberated on the topic
'Capacity Building: Women as Leaders and Trainers' and supported the cause of
the ministry to create awareness regarding CEDAW and Pakistan's obligations for
The international human rights treaty for women
(CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly 30 years ago on
December 18, 1979. Pakistan acceded to the Convention on February 29, 1996 as
the 174th state-party.
The Ministry of Women Development (MoWD) is the
designated focal machinery for its implementation.
According to final
results, Ramla Ayub, Irum Rizwan and Sabeena Khan stood first, second and third
respectively. In the end, Dr. Shazia Khalid presented vote of thanks.
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A charming, youthful perspective
Islamabad: An exhibition of prints by seven emerging artists - all of them
graduates of the Fatima Jinnah Women University - opens at Nomad Art Gallery
here today (Thursday).
The participating artists are Wajeeha Kamal,
Summiya Khan, Maryam Sabir, Reema Fawad, Saira Ijaz, Sana Sehrish and Anila
"We are proud to exhibit these 55 prints, which are creative
and skillfully executed with a charming and youthful perspective that appeals to
the viewer and the critic alike ... sharing moments of joy, confusion, resolving
issues while challenging and stretching the medium to the maximum level to break
barriers and limits," the gallery's director Nageen Hyat commented at the
For Wajeeha, emotions are like rolling tides of
the sea that provide a way to release built-up stress. "A person who is unable
to express his emotions is actually treading the path of self-destruction.
Feelings help you to understand your own emotions and actions as well as those
of other people," the young print-maker stated in a bid to explain the
philosophy governing her art.
Summiya Khan too considers self-expression
as one of the quickest and most effective ways to relieve stress. "The way we
perceive ourselves has an enormous impact on how others perceive us.
Self-awareness and exploration is very important for true self-expression.
Expressing who we are is one of the best ways to find peace of mind. It gives
you a sense of freedom and community, bringing you together and keeping you
safer from trouble," she commented.
Maryam Sabir has highlighted the
various stages of a human being's life, along with the emotions, ideas and
expressions that mould this journey. Every stage comes with its own set of
problems. "As a man enters a new stage, memories of the past start blurring. He
also starts making assumptions about his future. In the same vein, I too have
provided an insight into the emotions and feelings that I have experienced
during different stages of my life, and those which I will probably encounter in
the future," she reflected.
Reema Fawad's prints are titled 'Pakistan: a
dream gone sour.' The artist has referred to the dreams of the many Pakistanis
who migrated from India in order to lead an independent life in their own
homeland. "Pakistan was a dream for those who struggled for it and sacrificed
their lives for it. What is it that motivated them? They wanted a piece of land
where they could live in freedom, in peace, to prosper as a strong nation, to
secure their children's future, but their dream for a nation like this never
came true." The purpose of my research is to reflect on why a dream that was
based on strong ideals and motivation turned sour.
Saira Ijaz also talks
about the stages of life. "I believe that ways and tracks help one to move from
one stage to another. Sometimes, these tracks help us to reach our destination
and sometimes they end in a blank dot, which is endless fury of the mind and
soul," she explained. In Saira's opinion, these tracks are gateways leading to a
destination along the endless road of life. "It is a circle where nature and
deeds matter a lot. Fate and destiny is built on these blocks but life is
endless, pathways are endless. My self is endless ...," she went on to say.
Sana Sehrish's work has a more contemporary feel to it. "I have tried to
depict the conditions of our society, particularly the worries surrounding each
one of us," she briefly stated.
Anila Khokhar, on the contrary, prefers
to stick to her childhood memories. "Children have their own fantasies and
imaginary world. My work not only depicts the imaginations of children but also
the memories of my own childhood. Some of my prints depict the drawings which I
made in my childhood," she informed.
The exhibition will continue at the
Nomad Art Gallery (22 Justice Abdur Rashid Road (7th Avenue), Sector F-6/1) till
December 30. A visit to the show is bound to be a source of encouragement for
the budding artists.
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IT expert promoted as DG
Islamabad: Shahida Saadullah, a computer professional belonging to NWFP,
has been promoted as director general (BPS-21), Pakistan Computer Bureau,
Ministry of Information Technology, says a press release issued here on
A notification to this effect will be issued after approval of the
prime minister along with other officers of the government who have recently
been considered and recommended by the Central Selection Board. The news
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Nothing works like hard work
Rawalpindi: Students should get education for the larger end
to serve humanity. Only strenuous hard work and labor on part of students could
enable them to achieve excellence in every field.
Former Principal and
eminent educationist Prof Khawaja Masud Government Gordon College expressed
these views while addressing "Salma Masud Scholarships Awarding Ceremony
2009-10" held at Federal Government (FG) Post Graduate College for Women,
Kashmir Road Wednesday.
Prof Masud who was the chief guest on the occasion
said that for success in the society as well as the world students should revise
their lessons at least 5 to 6 hours daily at home. He advised them to adhere to
their books with sincerity and devotion.
College principal Shaista Zaid,
other faculty members and a number of students were also present in Salma Masud
Prof Masood shared his personal memories and highlighted the
importance of selfless teaching by illustrating the sacrifice of Socrates for
Some sixteen students, three each of 1st year to 4th year
and two students each of 5th year and 6th year, were awarded scholarships on the
occasion by the college principal and the chief guest. It is pertinent to
mention here that "Begum Salma Masud Memorial Fund" was instituted in 2002-03 by
Prof Khawaja Masud and his family in the memory of Salma Masud the founder
principal of FG College for Women, Kashmir Road Rawalpindi.
A sum of Rs25,000
was awarded by the family to assist those students who excel in curricular and
co-curricular activities. The fund was arranged on a permanent basis. At the
end, the cash prize of Rs7,500 was also given to the students (Rubab Haider,
Maryam Ahmed, Nosheen Israr, Mehwish Naz and Sana Zainab) of FG Post Graduate
College for Women, Kashmir Road who took 2nd position in Chemistry in "All
Pakistan Federal Government Educational Institutions Science Competition".
Biology model Iqra and Anaab Mujtaba won consolation prize from Federal
Board. The nation
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