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Froebelians Class of 2008 | FJWU exhibition

An exciting moment for Froebelians
Islamabad: It was hard to believe that students of the 'Class of 2008' once ran after one another and played childish pranks inside the premises of the Froebel's International School in Islamabad.

Last Saturday, they weren't the same carefree children, they were young adults about to enter the real world. The ceremony started off with a welcome note by Abbas Zaidi, one of the best speakers this school had seen. Graduating students arrived in robes and hats as they gracefully walked down the stairs and sat on their respective seats.

A minute was given to the proud, beaming parents to greet their children and to capture that glorious moment on their cameras. One of the teachers, Mohammad Abid, in his address, reminded the outgoing class that the world is full of 'deceit' and that they, as Froebelians, had a duty not to fall prey to it.

"Carry sunshine with you to brighten your darkest hours," said Ms Afia, the principal. "With your abilities, what others can do, you can do better," she added. Prominent Supreme Court lawyer of Islamabad Anees Jillani was the chief guest on the occasion and recounted some of his experiences, and bestowed the students with valuable advice, especially that of to count our blessings and to carry the poor with us.

Anees Jillani and Ms Afia handed out the graduation certificates, giving each student a hearty congratulation as the parents clicked their cameras. It was a shining moment for the students, their families and their teachers.

After the ceremony, students assembled for a group photograph with the chief guest, after which they threw their graduation hats into the air collectively to express their joy. It was an emotional, yet exciting moment for everyone. All 101 graduate students would look back to with fondest memories, for this was the day that marked their first footsteps into the direction of their dreams. The News

Five-day exhibition: FJWU art students show talent
Rawalpindi: A five-day exhibition of works of the first batch of eight students of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Fine Arts Department started on Monday.

Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Saeeda Asadullah Khan opened the exhibition at the Fine Arts Department. Students and teachers appreciated dissertations, and the 80 samples of photography, textile work, mixed media and miniature painting that were on display.

Hadaya Fatima has done her thesis under the title of "Butterflies: Metamorphosis Mode to Ultimate Freedom". The work is based on paintings in mixed media including acrylics, wires, beads, pencils and oil paints.

Sania Sheikh's miniature paintings were put under the title of "Circus Culture in Pakistan". Her thesis intends to promote circus culture, which she believes is a neglected but important element of performing arts.

Huma Ahmed's miniature paintings were tiled "The Scared Lotus and The Four Sights of Buddhism". She explores the basic symbols of Buddhism. She said that she was assigned to present Buddhism through symbol of lotus flower.

Sarah Iqbal has done textile designing using techniques of Celtic art, mixed with colourful and modern designs of sarees, kurtis and gowns.

Shafaq Ahsan has made beautiful designs on accessories of interior decor. She used Indus Valley Script to create decorative wall hangings. The most fabulous wall hanging was called "Wooden Wheel" decorated with small pieces of iron.

Ahsan said, "Indus Valley is my inspiration for choice of colours. Mostly, these colours are referred to as mud colours."

Arasallah Baig has done her dissertation in textiles, titled "Realism towards Abstraction".

Shandana Hashim's photography was titled "Women: The Resilient" Umara Tanveer' "Fire". Hashim has highlighted different issues and aspects of women's life in the 20th century.

Tanveer has tried to explore colours of fire and its nature. She captured different shades and colours of fire through.

The art pieces were commendable given that their creators were fresh university graduates, supervised by Suriyya Saleem, Rohma Noor-e-Haram, Saeeda Khanam, Baroosh Ahsan, Suriyya Choudhary, Zainab Mawaz, Nasim Mughal and Zarar Babri.

The VC said the students had done a great job. She said, "Every art piece depicts maturity of work and professionalism." The exhibition will continue till Friday. Daily Times
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