PU drama festival: LUMS Olympiad
A dramatic end to PU drama festival
Lahore, March 06, 2008: The drama continued well after the Punjab University
Second Inter-University Performing Arts Festival, with the Punjab governor
providing it the climax.
Governor Khalid Maqbool had to say "shut up"
twice to silence the Islamia University, Bahawalpur, (IUB) dramatic team, who
continued to interrupt his prize distribution speech, chanting "we want
The governor was there to award prizes among the winning teams
as well as presenting shields to all participating teams from 11 Punjab
universities at Alhamra Hall on Wednesday.
The IUB dramatic team was
seemingly not pleased with the judges' decision and had reportedly communicated
their resentment to the governor while receiving their participation
As the governor went on to announce cash prizes for the winners,
the IUB students started chanting slogans and continued to build up the momentum
of their protest.
The governor tried to pacify the protesters saying it
would be the negation of art if the five-day festival ended at an unpleasant
note. However, the IUB students remained adamant that they had been
Visibly irritated by the behaviour of IUB students, the
governor said: "Listen to me" and finally ended up saying "shut up" twice.
Following was the pin drop silence in the jam-packed hall.
then said sermonising it was highly disappointing attitude on the part of the
students who created fuss in an otherwise lively event, and advised the
protesters to learn to lead their lives.
"If you will walk out on every
failure, then you will not be able to win any match in your life," he
The governor also assured the agitating students he would himself
come to the IUB and give them their 'prize'.
Earlier, the governor said
the learning of fine arts was extremely essential to understand the harsh
realities of life. He hoped that narrow mindedness would be eliminated from
society as the universities had taken a front seat to promote fine arts and
music, besides providing quality education to the students.
Punjab University College of Art and Design (PUCAD) for organising the second
performing arts festival and appreciating all participating teams, the governor
commended the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, dramatic team
saying that its "performance was wonderful by all standards".
The UET had
re-staged their performance "Zindagi Maut Aur Maqsad", for the governor, after
bagging the Best Play trophy.
Besides trophies, the governor announced
Rs150,000 cash prize for the UET dramatic team and Rs100,000 cash prize for the
Bahauddin Zikariya University, Multan, team, that bagged the Best Mime trophy.
He also announced cash prize of Rs100,000 for the PUCAD drama team, which hosted
The best original script, best performance (male) and the
best director trophies were lifted by Sheikh Awais, Usman Rauf and Kashif Mirza
of UET, respectively.
The best performance (female) trophy was bagged by
Najamul Sehar of the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) and the best
character actor trophy was received by IUB's Akram. The award for the best actor
(in comic role) was secured by Qaiser of University of Arid Agriculture,
Rawalpindi, while Waqas Sher Khan of the KEMU was declared the best actor in
The trophies for Best Light, Best Make-Up, and Best
Costumes were bagged by IUB, KEMU and Fatima Jinnah Women University,
Besides winning universities, the participation
shields were also given to the dramatic teams from the Punjab University,
University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Education,
University of Gujrat and Agriculture University, Faisalabad.Speaking on the
occasion, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran also lauded the PUCAD
principal and the festival organisers for successfully holding the
Ustad Tari Khan, Ustad Rustam Fateh Ali Khan, Fareeha Pervaiz
and PUCAD students performed on the occasion. Dawn
LUMS Olympiad 2008 takes off without hitch
Lahore: More than 1,100 students from across the country participated in the
second day of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Olympiad 2008 on
Wednesday. Organisers say all activities are going on smoothly.
Olympiad is a five-day event, which has 14 competitions including debate,
declamation, art preparation, moot court, chess competition and drama. Scavenger
hunt and movie night were special events designated for the second day. Three
workshops and interactive fashion workshop were also held.
Interactive Fashion Workshop attracted a large number of participants as
designer Maria B delivered a lecture on the fashion trends in the country. She
shared her experience and also told the about the possibilities and scope in the
One of the main competitions was the art competition in
which teams from across the country participated. It was however the only
competition in which no LUMS team participated. The second round of music
competition, in which individuals perform, will be held today
Another interesting event was the photo essay exhibition in
which participants were required to make a story by combining several
photographs. The event was only for school students who talked about social
issues through photographs.
In the Colour of the Wind, the participating
teams were required to come on stage and perform according to the selected
theme. The audience appreciated their performance.
Imran Sarwar, a LUMS
Olympiad organiser, said all events at the LUMS Olympaid were starting off
without a hitch. "The competitions of console gaming, mind quest, music,
thematic art, fashion design, live art, math and logic, speed and logic, speed
filming, drama, debates and music video will be held on Thursday (today).
Fashion designing and a masquerade party will also be among other activities,"
he said. Daily Times
LHC disposes of PU student's petition
Lahore: Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice
Syed Hamid Ali Shah on Wednesday disposed of the petition of Faisal Ashraf, a
Punjab University (PU) final year pharmacy student.
The judge said the
university syndicate would decide his (Faisal's) application on March 15 through
a speaking order.
The petitioner told the court that Furrukh Zia Khan,
internal examiner, and Bashir Ahmad, external examiner, PU College of Pharmacy,
had a grudge against him. He requested the court not to appoint them to examine
his pharmacognosy paper since he was carrying litigation against them.
Initially, the long litigation ended in a compromise, admitting the
petitioner to bachelors programme in pharmacy, but the respondents 'failed' him,
while declaring the rest of the 32 students 'passed', he added.
he had to reappear in that paper, Faisal petitioned the court not to appoint the
said respondents as his examiners. Daily Times