Pakistani literature into foreign languages

PAL to translate Urdu works into foreign languages
Islamabad, July 16: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) will set up a trans-national translation bureau that would aim at translating Pakistani literature into foreign languages and vice versa, said Fakhar Zaman, Chairman, PAL at a book launching ceremony here on Wednesday.

He expressed these views at the launching ceremony of Khalid Iqbal Yasir's long poem 'Rukhsati'. "Pakistani writers are lauded and revered across the globe for their acclaimed works," said Fakhar Zaman PAL chairman.

He denied the perception that young writers were being neglected and had lost fame at the international arena.

"The works of our writers have been translated into different languages at different regions across the globe and they are recognised by the organisations like UNESCO," he added.

Giving the details of the upcoming translation bureau to be launched by PAL soon, Fakhar Zaman said that the bureau would be a vital contribution of PAL towards promoting Pakistani literature abroad and introducing foreign literary ideas here. In addition, he lauded Khalid Iqbal Yasir's book 'Rukhsati' and termed it 'A light in the darkness.'

Fakhar said that different metaphors, similes and other literary terms introduced by the writer exhibited his strong grip over English, Urdu and Punjabi languages and defined his acute sense of observation.

Renowned intellectual Aftab Iqbal Shamim highlighted the technical aspects of 'Rukhsati' and said that the poem did not deviate from the originality of ideas despite being so diverse. Dr Ehsan Akbar said that Rukhsati reflected Khalid Iqbal Yasir's deep study and his power of expression.

Dr Aalmgir Hashmi observed that the book covered various forms, stages and styles of life and depicted their variations.

Shahid Iqbal Kamran opined the writer had not left any social, economic, political, religious, psychological and cultural aspect un-addressed in this poem. He profoundly appreciated Khalid's deep vocabulary.

Some other intellectuals also expressed their views about Khalid Yasir Iqbal's book Rukhsati. The writer thanked PAL for extending active support in launching his book. The Nation

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AIOU plans to waive displaced students' fees
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Mehmood-ul-Hassan said that the varsity plans to waive off the examination fee of internally displaced students of Malakand Division.

Talking to APP here, the VC said that scores of students were enrolled with the university from these areas and the all out efforts would be made to facilitate them.

He said that earlier it had been decided to set up examination centres for the student of these areas at their camps to mitigate their suffering. The university staff also contributed generously for the relief of IDPs and one-day salary was also given in relief fund, he added. He said no stone would be left unturned to provide cheap education facilities to IDPs student and the university would continue it efforts till their proper rehabilitation. The AIOU is all set to expand its distance education network to provide access to maximum number of students, particularly living in the far-flung areas.

"The new education policy envisages enrolment of all children in schools for the better future of the country," Prof. Dr. Mehmood-ul-Hassan added.

He said that out of 170 million population, 68 million are under the age of 14 years, adding that out of these only 33 million are enrolled in schools.

He said that the AIOU would recruit as many as 919 persons in various departments and faculties to further expand its distance education system.

"The recruitment would be made merely on merit basis to ensure provision of qualitative and standards education to our youth, Hassan added.

He said that President and Chancellor of the varsity, Asif Ali Zardari has already given approval for recruiting the staff. In first phase, 417 post would be filled purely on merit to strengthen existing departments and opening of new disciplines.

He said AIOU was largest varsity, having 1.9 million students enrolled in various disciplines adding that the number of students was increasing with every passing year.

He said that currently there were 36 departments and four faculties and the varsity has awarded about 1.2 million degrees and diplomas so far.

The university has recently started four-year programmes in microbiology and chemistry while faculty of education would be established next year to offer four years degree course in education. The News

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Court summons QAU officials on July 20
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court here Wednesday summoned two officials of the Quaid-i-Azam University to appear on July 20 in connection with alleged victimization of a female student.

The single bench of Justice Mohammad Ramzan Chaudhry issued the order on a writ moved by Kiran Shahzadi, a student of MBA department of the university.

The bench summoned Dean of the MBA department and Controller Examination.

The petitioner's counsel apprised the bench that the student was victimised by Amjad Wahid, a teacher of the department, during last paper of Marketing Research in the final semester by levelling allegations she had used unfair means. The same practice was repeated by the same person during comprehensive paper and she was stopped from entering the examination room, he added.

He said that she took up the matter with Chairman of the MBA department but received no response. The counsel said the student fears that if her results were withheld on baseless charges, she would not be able to appear in viva to be held in the last week of July.

He claimed that the student had brilliant academic record and she was victimized for unknown reasons.

The bench expressed its displeasure over the absence of legal advisor of QAU and issued notices to be delivered by special messenger. Meanwhile, another division bench comprising Justice Amjad Iqbal Qureshi and Justice Mohammad Ramzan Chaudhry issued notices to Secretary Ministry of Health and Establishment Division over repatriation issue of its National Programme Manager Hepatitis Control. The bench issued notices on an intra-court appeal filed by Dr Sharif Ahmed Khan through advocate Shoaib Shaheen. App

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PakTurk School students excel in SSC exam
Islamabad: Students of the PakTurk School excelled in the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination 2009 of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, Muhammad Salman Faiz secured first position in the overall results of the school by getting 995 marks. Nazakat Khan stood second by getting 953 marks. Nauman Karim got third position by getting 948 marks. In addition, 31 students got A+ grade, 19 students got A grade and eight students got B grade in the SSC examination. PakTurk School Director (Education) Kamil Ture and Director General Fasih Celik congratulated students and teachers for achieving good results in the SSC examination. The News

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