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PU music festival | KEMU VC farewell

PU teachers, students captivate audience with classical music
Lahore, April 22, 2008: The Punjab University (PU) Institute of Art and Design arranged a music festival at the Lahore Art Council on Monday to revive classical music.

The students and teachers of the PU Music Department performed and the audiences were enthralled by their vocal skills. The event was arranged as part of the academic curriculum that aims to provide students of the Music Department opportunity and, hence, the exposure to perform before an audience.

Nadeem Riaz, a student, sang raag (a musical composition) Koshak Dhoni. It is a composition that is befitting for the hours of the night. The audience appreciated the melody and rhythm of the artist.

The accompaniment of the tabla, harmonium and tanpura was in accordance with the raag and created a soothing effect. Imran Abbas, another student, sang raag Chandar Qaunse. Some of the students sang ghazals that put the audience on their toes. Music Department teachers Badrul Zaman, Rustam Ali Khan and Jawad also performed.

Nadeem said that such festivals should be regularly organised to inculcate an appreciation of classical music in people. "When people will listen to classical music, they will feel an urge to work hard and do maximum riaz (practice)," he said

Zaman said that people did have for appreciation for classical music, but there was a need to organise such musical events regularly.

PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran and Institute of Art and Design Principal Shahnawaz Zaidi were also present. Daily Times

PU wins declamation contest
Lahore: The Punjab University's debating team has won All Pakistan Bilingual Declamation Contest 2008 held at National University of Science and Technology (NUST)'s College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Rawalpindi from April 18 to 20.

According to a press statement, a two-member central team of the PU including Irtaza Afzaal from Law College participated in the English debate while Atif Ali from PU College of Information Technology participated in Urdu debate.

Showing extra-ordinary debating skills in all rounds of the contest, the PU team won the Team Trophy (first position). The team was prepared by Adviser Students Affairs Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori and Deputy Adviser Students Zubair Akram.

A total of 32 educational institutions participated in the contest including PAF College Risalpur, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, Agriculture University Faisalabad, Government College University (GCU), UET Lahore, Frontier Medical College, Balochistan University, Gomal University, Jamshoro University, IBA Karachi, Naval College Karachi etc. The team of King Edward Medical College University (KEMCU) was declared the runner-up. Meanwhile, according to another press statement, Kamran Khan, a member of the GCU Lahore debating society was declared the best English speaker.

PhD awarded
Lahore: The Punjab University on Monday awarded a PhD to Muhammad Hammad Asghar in the subject of Solid State Physics after the approval of his thesis ěDesign, Preparation and Characterisation of Optical Coatings in Visible and Infrared Bandî. Asghar completed his thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Shahzad Naseem of PU's Centre of Solid State Physics.

Prof Hasan bids farewell to KEMU
Lahore: KING Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mumtaz Hasan has formally relinquished the charge of his office and handed over the charge to Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Awais here on Monday.

He was relieved of his service through a formal notification by the Health Department, Punjab. The Academic Council, faculty members, doctors and other staff of the KEMU, in a simple but impressive ceremony organised in his honor here on Monday, paid tributes to the outgoing Vice Chancellor Dr Mumtaz Hasan for his meritorious services for the institution.

During his 36 years of government service, he has served as head of this institution during the last 10 years. He remained Professor of Medicine, Principal of King Edward Medical College and first Vice Chancellor of King Edward Medical University. He was the man behind upgradation of King Edward Medical College to the status of a varsity. The faculty members, doctors and other staff of the KEMU/Mayo Hospital gave a warm farewell to the outgoing Vice Chancellor, and said that Dr Mumtaz Hasan was a very good doctor, a kind teacher and a successful administrator, who had rendered meritorious services for the Health Department, Punjab. The News
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