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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
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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
It was to facilitate and patronise research
activities and programmes regarding the Punjabi language and literature,
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
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.
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
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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
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