Traditional Islamic calligraphy exhibition opens at Lok Virsa

Traditional Islamic calligraphy exhibition opens at Lok Virsa

ISLAMABAD: An exhibition of traditional Islamic calligraphy “Mesmerising Colours of Peace and Tradition” by eminent artist Muhammad Azeem Iqbal and others opened at Lok Virsa on Tuesday.
The exhibition features over 150 masterpieces portraying unique calligraphic art styles, in connection with the holy month of Ramazan. It attracted a number of visitors.
The inaugural ceremony was held at the Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology, popularly known as Heritage Museum. Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Joint Secretary Mashhood Ahmed Mirza was the chief guest on the occasion.
In his address, Mirza appreciated the artworks and said, “Pakistan has a deep and historical background of calligraphic traditions which have been beautifully showcased by Azeem Iqbal in his masterpieces.”
He also commended the services of Lok Virsa and its Chief Executive Khalid Javaid for promoting the cultural heritage of Pakistan, especially Islamic traditions such as calligraphic art. He assured support from his ministry for every initiative aimed at projection and promotion of Pakistani culture and the practitioners associated with them.
Earlier, in his welcoming remarks, Lok Virsa’s Executive Director Khalid Javaid introduced the artist and shed light on his contribution in promotion of Islamic calligraphy in the country.
He said Muhammad Azeem Iqbal is into Islamic art and calligraphy for the last twenty-five years and has introduced a unique identity in his art and many artists have also endorsed his calligraphic style. Instead of traditional calligraphy, he replicated the classical styles of calligraphy from the early days of Islam by using similar materials and resources of that era.
Azeem Iqbal addresses evolution of Islamic art and calligraphy in his work and added a new dimension in this field that may be called as portrayal of Islamic history and evolution of Quranic calligraphy. Most of his work focuses on the chronological evolution of calligraphy in Islamic art. His work also symbolises the cultural identity of entire Islamic world, he added.
He collaged various indigenous resources and traditional material such as bones, wood, leather, deer’s skin, gold and silver leaves in his art.
He also pioneered the tradition of using Aab-e-Zam Zam (sacred Zam Zam water of Makkah) to dilute the colours that are used to write verses of the holy Quran. His work has been showcased across Pakistan and abroad. Recently, he has created a series of Quranic calligraphy to promote the message of peace and humanity through art.
Calligraphy, the art that combines visual image and written word, is perhaps at its most brilliance in the arts of Islam.
Islamic calligraphy traditionally took its inspiration from the Muslim belief in the divine origin of Arabic writing, the medium through which the Quranic revelation to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was recorded.
In early Islam, the sanctity of Arabic writing was accepted among Arabs and non-Arabs alike, and its use in sacred and official texts gave rise to a wonderful profusion of scripts, and a calligraphic tradition which has flourished for over a thousand years – not only in manuscript decoration in architecture, ceramics and painting.
Arabic is written from right to left and consists of characters which, with the additions of dots placed above or below certain of them, provide the letters of the Arabic and many other modified letters in languages throughout the Islamic world.
Certain characters may be joined to their neighbours, while others stand alone.
When they stand alone or occur at the end of a word, they ordinarily terminate in a bold stroke; when they appear in the middle of a word, they are ordinarily joined to the letter following by a small, upward curved stroke.
With the exception of six letters, which can be joined only to the preceding ones, the initial and medial letters are much abbreviated, while the final form consists of the initial form with a triumphant flourish.
These features give the script its particular character. A line of Arabic suggests an urgent progress of the characters from right to left.
The balance between the vertical shafts above and the open curves below the middle register induces a sense of harmony. For writing, the calligrapher employs a reed pen (qalam) with the working point cut at an angle.

Ministry to award scientists for innovation

Ministry to award scientists for innovation

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Science and Technology will give awards to scientists for valuable scientific research. The ministry is working on a plan to encourage scientific research for production of innovative products, which could go a long way in improving lives of the people on one hand and help improve the economy on the other. The ministry intends to motivate the scientific community to conduct quality research, perform well and produce fruitful outcome’, an official of the ministry told APP on Tuesday. He said inventions and innovations are the instruments by which intellectual concepts are translated to new technologies and are moved towards commercialisation for the benefit of national economy. For this purpose, he said the ministry is initiating innovative awards for the scientists who are engaged in developing processes, products, invention and innovations to provide incentive for valuable scientific research. Categories include awards for inventions, innovations and awards for commendable achievements in research projects, he added. Innovative awards will be awarded each year on competitive basis to scientists whose researches have contributed to the welfare of society, he said. He said, “In order to encourage scientists and researchers, the ministry will confer awards to them to establish linkages between scientists with inventions and the local industry.”

Celebrating Pakistan’s architectural heritage — a photographic journey

Celebrating Pakistan’s architectural heritage — a photographic journey

Celebrating Pakistan’s architectural heritage — a photographic journey

Celebrating Pakistan’s architectural heritage — a photographic journey

LAHORE: Pakistan is a country rich with diverse cultures and people – persons who have lent it its immense wealth of history, art and architecture. However, not many, even within the country appreciate or acknowledge this celebration of diversity manifested in ancient monuments all over Pakistan.
Fiaz Jamal’s solo exhibition at the Al Hamra Arts Council that opened on Tuesday, celebrates this journey through photographs.
Fiaz’s exhibition showcased shots from every corner of the country and ranged from our very celebrated Mughal forts and tombs to dilapidated Hindu temples in Multan and Lahore.
Of course, physical conservation is necessary but documentation through photography is a first step in the right direction. Fiaz told Daily Times, “The idea is to create more awareness among the people, most of whom don’t even know about the existence of these ancient sites. The aim is to celebrate as well as create awareness. And preserve an conserve these sites for posterity.” He said that the Mangla Devi Temple in Badami Bagh and the Dhiyyan Singh Temple in Samnabad are examples of two ancient sites within Lahore that people do not even know exist.
Tanya Suhail, the curator of the gallery said, “Of course, it was a good decision to put up this exhibition. The photographs were aimed at documenting the historical sites of Pakistan, but that aesthetic artistic element wasn’t very much there. Yet, I think photography is a great medium and that work and artists like this should be encouraged.”
Fiaz is a member of an organisation entitled Ancient-Pakistan, who collaborated with the Lahore Arts Council in bringing this exhibition to the public.
At the Ancient Pakistan, photographers and historians are busy in documenting the historical sites all over Pakistan. Their aim as stated above is to conserve. The initiative began in 2004. They have a small gallery at their head office premises as well, where they display their work.
This was Fiaz Jamal’s first-ever exhibition. The response from the public was great. The exhibition was inaugurated by renowned columnist and Chairman, Board of Directors, Al Hamra Arts Council, Atta ul Haq Qasmi.

All govt hospitals in Lahore put on high alert before Eid

All govt hospitals in Lahore put on high alert before Eid

LAHORE: All government hospitals and other medical institutions will remain on high alert during Eid holidays to cope with any medical emergency in the provincial metropolis as well as across the province.
The administration of city government hospitals have also cancelled the Eid holidays of emergency doctors, nurses, technical staff, sanitary staff and other staff members who perform duties at important places in the hospital.  Administrations of all these hospitals, while talking to Daily Times, assured they had taken all necessary measure to cope without any delay in emergency treatment during Eid days. They also confirmed that all necessary equipments and arrangements were in order to cope with any medical emergency.
However, Punjab Health Department directed all government hospitals, autonomous medical institutions, rural health centres and basic health units to remain high alert during the Eid holidays. Health Department has issued instructions to the Principals of Autonomous Medical Institutions, medical superintendents of government hospitals including DHQ and THQ hospitals, director general health Punjab and heads of other subordinate medical institutions for making fool-proof arrangements to combat any incident.
They have been asked to prepare Emergency Duty Roster and Emergency Crisis Management Plan to ensure presence of doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff. It is further directed that additional beds also be arranged in every hospital, besides, ensuring availability of sufficient stock of all life saving drugs, vaccines as well as disposable items.
They have been further directed that fully functional operation theatres and fully equipped functional ambulances along with trained staff also be made available for transportation of patients and wounded persons.

Download complete BA / BSc Composite and Part 2 Result Annual Examination 2013 – Government College University Faisalabad GCUF

Download complete BA / BSc Composite and Part 2 Result  Annual Examination 2013 – Government College University Faisalabad GCUF

Government College University Faisalabad has announced BA / BSc (Composite) and Part 2 Annual Examination 2013. You can download the complete result as PDF file

Download complete BA / BSc Composite and Part 2 Result  Annual Examination 2013 - Government College University Faisalabad GCUF

The Government College University Faisalabad has announced the results of BA/BSc (Composite) examinations 2013 with the passing percentage of 49.45 percent.
As per detail, in BA, as many as 5,967 students appeared in the examination of which 2,925 students were declared passed. Similarly in BSc, 680 students appeared in the examination out of which 362 students passed the examination.
Overall top positions in BA and BSc was bagged by Muhammad Ammar from the Govt Postgraduate College Samundri who secured 628 out of 800 marks whereas Iqra Ghaffar from Govt College for Women Samundri stood second with 625 marks and Ayesha Khushnood from Govt College for Women Dajkot got the third position with 625 marks.
In the BA, top position was clinched by Ayesha Khushnood from Govt College for Women Dajkot with 625 marks, second position was bagged by Rubina Ahmad from Govt College for Women Tandliawala with 611 marks and Maria Liaqat from GC for Women Dajkot with 609 marks.
In the BSc, top position was secured by Muhammad Ammar from the Govt Postgraduate College Samundri with 628 marks whereas Iqra Ghaffar from GC for Women Samundri stood second with 625 marks and Rafaqat Ali from TI College Chenab Nagar, Disst Chinnot got the third position with 621 marks Overall, the passing percentage of female students stood at 58.31 percent whereas for boys, it was 33.75 percent.

GC University, Faisalabad has emerged as a leading center of learning and research in a short span of time. The University with its dynamic faculty and innovative syllabi has become a catalyst of intellectual, social and industrial change. It caters to the diverse needs of society by imparting education in almost all the major fields of learning.

The GC University’s journey started as a primary school in 1897 in the present building of Govt. College for Women, Karkhana Bazar, Faisalabad. It was promoted to High School and Intermediate College in 1905 and 1924 respectively. It was elevated to the degree level in 1933 and postgraduate disciplines were introduced in 1963. The long journey that started with the humble beginning reached its climax when it was granted the status of University in October 2002.

The GC University, Faisalabad has a long history of excellence and distinction as an institution. Renowned scholars and eminent personalities have served this institution in various capacities at various stages of its history. It has produced outstanding personnel who have earned great fame not only for themselves but also for the nation.

The luminaries like Mr. Abdul Hameed, Mr. W.H.F. Armstrong, Mr. Lala Chattan Annand, Mr. Hashmat Khan, Mr. Taj Khyal, Mr. Namdar Khan, Mr. Karamat Hussain Jafari, Mr. Mukhtar Mahmood Qureshi, Dr. Asif Iqbal Khan and Dr. Arif Zaidi have served this institution.

The university is situated at the Jhang Road not far from the historical Clock Tower. The main campus is spread on 37 acres and the construction of new campus has been started on an area of 200 acres some 3-4 kilometers away from the main campus at Jhang Road.

The University is offering educational degrees in different disciplines. The University is a hub of educational, social and cultural activities with a close liaison with industry.

Punjab University has awarded 04 PhD degrees

Punjab University has awarded 04 PhD degrees

LAHORE: Punjab University has awarded 04 PhD degrees to the scholars in which Muhammad Sarfraz Kiani S/o Artasab Khan in the subject of Molecular Biology after approval of his thesis entitled “Chlorosplast Expression of Insect Resistant Gene with Fusion Protein Gene In Cotton (Gossypium Hirsutum)”, Eram Saleem D/o Saleem Ahmad in the subject of Urdu after approval of her thesis entitled “Pakistani Mard Afsana Nigaron Ke Haan Niswani Kirdar: Ek Mutalia’’, Hafiz Abdullah Shakir S/o Bashir Ahmed in the subject of Zoology after approval of his thesis entitled “Enteric Bacterial and Heavy Metal’s Load and Health Status of Fishes from River Ravi, Pakistan” and Ammara Tariq D/o Muhammad Ibrahim Tariq in the subject of Urdu after approval of her thesis entitled “Urdu Afsanay Mein Jagirdarana Aur Sarmayadarana Nizam Kay Mazahir”.

Trees great blessings of Allah: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

Trees great blessings of Allah: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

Trees great blessings of Allah: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

Trees great blessings of Allah: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

LAHORE: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that trees are great blessings of Allah and are very beneficial for health. He was addressing tree plantation ceremony at Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAGS) here on Friday.

IAGS Director Prof Dr Saleem Haider, Marketing Managing Director Saad Akber Khan, senior analyst from Punjab TV Saeed Mughal, faculty members and students were present on the occasion. The slogan of the tree plantation drive was “plant a tree, educate a scholar”. Dr Kamran thanked Ali Akber group for providing financial assistance to IAGS students. Later, the VC planted a tree to kick off tree plantation drive.

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 4 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 4 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

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First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

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First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

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Computer Science 934

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First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

 

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

 

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First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

 

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Engineering) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

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15-08-13

21-08-13

Computer Science 934

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General Science 831

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Commerce (I.Com) 860

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First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 4 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 4 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 4 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

 

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 4 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 4 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

 

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15-08-13

21-08-13

Computer Science 934

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21-08-13

General Science 831

15-08-13

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Commerce (I.Com) 860

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21-08-13

Arts (Humanities) 831

15-08-13

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First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

 

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 3 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

 

 

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15-08-13

21-08-13

Computer Science 934

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21-08-13

General Science 831

15-08-13

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Commerce (I.Com) 860

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First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

 

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 2 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

 

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15-08-13

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Pre-Medical 981

15-08-13

21-08-13

Computer Science 934

15-08-13

21-08-13

General Science 831

15-08-13

21-08-13

Commerce (I.Com) 860

15-08-13

21-08-13

Arts (Humanities) 831

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First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

 

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 – Government College University GCU Lahore

 

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

First Open Merit List (Pre-Medical) Page 1 of 4: Admission to FA / FSc /ICom 2013-15 - Government College University GCU Lahore

 

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Pre-Engineering

981

15-08-13

21-08-13

Pre-Medical 981

15-08-13

21-08-13

Computer Science 934

15-08-13

21-08-13

General Science 831

15-08-13

21-08-13

Commerce (I.Com) 860

15-08-13

21-08-13

Arts (Humanities) 831

15-08-13

21-08-13