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HEC nanoscience research centre at QAU: Rootsians Pakistan Day: NCA creativity

HEC to help QAU set up research centre for nanoscience
Islamabad, 25 March, 2008: About 130 scholars participated in a two-day workshop on "Nanoscience and Catalysis" at Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Monday.

The National Centre for Physics (NCP) and Chemical Society of Pakistan (CSP) jointly organised the event.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman, who was the chief guest, said research on nanoscience was bound to bring about countless benefits.

He said the HEC would support the QAU in setting up a research centre for industrial nano-material, including nano-medicines, catalysts and environment cleaners. "Such an initiative will help the nation go ahead. We must take such decisions promptly," he said.

He said the HEC was working hard to ensure highly qualified faculty at universities and 2,500 students had so far been sent to technologically advanced countries for doctoral studies.

He said the HEC encouraged a culture of research and had not rejected any research project for shortage of funds. He said online journals, E-books, video conferences and other latest facilities had created excitement in the process of learning at universities.

He said upgradation of Pakistan Educational and Research Network (PERN) would result in a huge increase in bandwidth of one-gigabit connections to universities and pace up research activities.

He said Rs 255 billion was spent on different educational projects this year, Rs 33 billion of which on promotion of higher education.

Dr Qasim Jan, the QAU vice-chancellor, said nanoscience was a window into a new world of small and complex things, which was all set to make an impact on our lives. He said the workshop would help enhance industrial growth.

He said more investment was needed in higher education to make the nation stronger. Daily Times

Rootsians celebrate Pakistan Day
Rawalpindi: Pakistan Day was observed in all nationwide campuses of Roots School System including Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Mirpur, Wah and Muzaffarabad on Monday.

The slogan of this year was "Pakistan: Our Pride, Pakistan: Our Identity" and the main objective of this event was to inculcate patriotism, moral values and love for the country in the students.

The interesting and vibrant event spanned over the whole day during which the Pakistani flag was hoisted. Colourful banners and buntings had been prepared and pictures and posters of great leaders of Pakistan were displayed. Face painting was also arranged for the students in accordance with the Pakistan Day.

Students delivered speeches on Pakistani architecture, education, heroes and achievements and set up a display table with books, articles and posters about Pakistan. They also organised a cultural dress show including national and regional dresses while national and regional songs completely changed the ambience of the overall event.

Another aspect of the celebration was that all the children wrote small prayers for their country and pinned them up on their dresses. The ceremony concluded with a prayer.

Every year, students of Roots School System celebrate the month of March as the month of jubilation and thanksgiving. This year, Rootsians celebrated Pakistan Day with spectacular presentations, displays and held special Qura'an Khwanis in all the campuses to pray for the solidarity, peace and progress of the nation. The students pledged their commitment to take the Pakistan of today onto the heights of glory and excellence.

NCA unveils creativity
Rawalpindi: The arrival of spring brings with it a lot of festivities to celebrate. People rejoice the arrival of spring with the festival of 'Basant' in which kites are flown with great enthusiasm.

In the same spirit, the 'Spring Vaganza' at the National College of Arts (NCA) kicked off with the display of kites of various colours and sizes at the stalls. Students made beautiful huge kites and displayed them at the gardens of NCA. They were not just ordinary kites, as the students were asked to depict their nature and personality in the shape of kites.

Some of these personality kites had devilish faces, others had made them in shapes of butterflies while some had used funky colours to portray their versatile nature. It was a real treat to watch kites of different shapes and sizes, full of colours and glitter.

The first year students with the help of their seniors had put different stalls to attract the crowd with their creative work along with doing all the decorations for the event. The theme of 'Spring Vaganza' was 'Hollywood Red Carpet', inspired by Hollywood movies and their stars. The students had laid down a red carpet for the 'stars' to pose in front of the camera before entering. It seemed like a Hollywood movie premier where stars walk on the ramp, waving to their fans and posing for a click.

The costume party had devils, matrix characters, sailors, a death fairy, a queen, Tarzan, jungle boys, cowboys with their gears and vampires who had a fun time portraying the characters they had chosen. The music dedication stall had a busy time playing the requests of the students. There was also the stall of a jail made by the students in which one had to pay double the amount to bail out one of their friends who had been locked up by the jail authorities.

Director NCA Nasir Malik said that the college is doing its best to flourish the culture of NCA, Lahore and it was the first major event involving students. "Almost 150 students along with faculty members enjoyed the proceedings of the 'Spring Vaganza', as it was the first event at NCA in three years in which students participated with great enthusiasm," he said.

Sana Malik, one of the first year students said that it was the first major event for students at the faculty in the last three years, which has revived the culture of Lahore right here in Rawalpindi. "We are fortunate to be a part of this prestigious college that brings out the creative talent of the student in the most wonderful ways," she added. The News

Students protest sketches
Islamabad: The students of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Monday staged a peaceful protest on the varsity premises to condemn the republication of blasphemous sketches in some Danish newspapers.

They raised slogans against the Danish government and said it was their responsibility to discourage such activities. They said the republication of sketches was hurting the religious sentiments of millions of Muslims and demanded that the editors and publishers publishing the blasphemous sketches in the name of freedom of expression must be brought to justice. Daily Times
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