PU Education Conference on Oct 21
Lahore, Oct 19: The Punjab University Faculty of Education, in collaboration with Promotion of Education in Pakistan, Sughra Begum Centre for Education Policy Development and Pakistan Association for Research in Education, will organize a three-day international conference on education on October 21.
Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, Dean of Faculty of Education PU, said the theme of the conference is "Education in Pakistan: Issues, Challenges and Reforms" and experts from the US, the UK, India and Pakistan would participate. The news
PILAC needs 'more budget' for research
Lahore: Since the establishment of the Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC) in 2004 no research work has been done on the Punjabi language which is one of the major objectives of the institute.
It was to facilitate and patronise research activities and programmes regarding the Punjabi language and literature, officials said.
They said the research work, a major component of PILAC that remained neglected for some six years, had just been started in August 2010. Under this research and publication plan, seven books on Punjabi Sufi poets will be completed by December this year which will be published in January 2011.
They said a six-year gap on research projects and that of performing arts activities and festivals which were supposed to be organized by the institute much earlier were planned recently.
Officials said the bad administration caused a long delay. Current PILAC director-general Tariq Afridi, who replaced Liaquat Ali Khan Niazi in March this year, has requested the authorities concerned for a special audit of PILAC because of many irregularities.
Officials said that as part of putting things on track Dr Sughra Sadaf has been appointed the PILAC director in August last after transferring Abbas Najmi to his parent Education department.
Two research officers, three assistant research officers, a deputy director languages and the director are working on the research project in PILAC.
All the seven men have been tasked to come up with their research material on various Sufi poets, such as, Shah Hussain, Bulleh Shah, Baba Farid, Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, Khawaja Ghulam Farid and Waris Shah.
Officials said researchers had strictly been asked by the director-general to complete their projects within the stipulated time for they were already too late.
Requesting anonymity, a PILAC official said the budget for research and publication was not enough to run the affairs smoothly.
He said Rs800,000 per annum were being given for the project out of which Rs450,000 were spent only on a monthly magazine, Tarinjan. The rest of the amount could hardly meet the expenditures of research, publication and honorarium paid to contributors of Tarinjan.
The government should enhance the amount for the research and publication, he said.
PILAC director Dr Sughra Sadaf said she hoped that the research work would be completed within the stipulated time.
She said that a book on folk tales, Sawan Lai Udeek, would be published in the current month by Khaqan Haider, the deputy director languages.
"Mr Ghazi has put personal efforts into the publication of this book to bring a good name to the institute," Dr Sadaf said.
The book covers the tales happened between rivers Ravi and Sutlej, which include stories of Rani Hansan, Dhol Tay Marvan and Momal Mindra.
She said the PILAC, on the directions of director-general Tariq Afridi, was also gearing up its performing arts activities and it would soon hold a ghazal night and a one-man comedy show.
She said the PILAC would hold a Punjabi food festival in the near future wherein traditional Punjabi food would be served to visitors. It would be a sponsored event and entry would be through tickets, she added.
The director said the PILAC museum was being upgraded as objects had already been rearranged. "We shall keep updating the museum as we shall have more budget for the project," she said. Dawn
CJ thankful to PU VC
Lahore: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has expressed gratitude and appreciation to Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran for sending him a copy of thesis titled žImplication of Judicial Activism to Human Rights (A Comparative Study of India and Pakistan),Ó written by PU Law College Assistant Professor Dr Amanullah. According to press statement on Monday, in a letter addressed to PU VC by the Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain, the CJ hoped that the said work would be a valuable addition to the legal literature on human rights protection in Pakistan and beyond. The news