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Exhibition of Czech illustrators’ works

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:26
LAHORE:December 16: Exhibition of 12 great Czech illustrators' works titled “12-Worlds-Contemporary Czech Children’s Book Illustrators” was inaugurated by Ms Jeroslava Jebava, Deputy Head of mission of the Embassy of the Czech Republic along with Kamal Monnoo, Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic at Alhamra Art Gallery, The Mall. A rare event in the Pakistani Art Sphere, attracted a large number of visitors, predominantly children from various educational institutions from all over the city. The event was organised by the Czech Embassy, Islamabad and the Czech Consulate, Lahore.The news.Lahore

University of Health Sciences BDS result 2017

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:25
Lahore:December 16: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Friday declared the result of first professional BDS annual examination 2017. Some 930 candidates from 14 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the examination out of which 609 passed. Mahnoor Zahra of FMH College got 618/700 marks and secured first position. Saba Nasir of Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad got 598/700 marks and secured second while Zoha Nasir of de'Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore got 596/700 marks and secured third position. Supplementary exams will commence on January 30, 2018.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Work on new ITU building to start from 17th

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:23
LAHORE:December 16: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will perform the groundbreaking ceremony of a new building of Information Technology University (ITU) on Dec 17. According to a press release it will be a state of the art purpose-built main campus of Pakistan’s first research focused university being constructed at Lahore. The groundbreaking ceremony is being held on the first convocation of the Information Technology University in which the first batch of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students of the Undergraduate Bachelors programme would be awarded degrees. The purpose built campus of ITU would be constructed on 182 acres on Burki Road near Lahore airport at an estimated cost of Rs 5 billion in a period of 12 to 18 months. The Phase-1 will consist of construction of academic block, library, hostels, sports complex and faculty apartments while facilities would cater the needs of 4,000 students and 500 faculty members. The university will also have 150 labs in phase-1. synopses: A meeting of Punjab University Advanced Studies and Research Board was held on Friday which approved 18 PhD synopses and 16 evaluation reports. The meeting, chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, also approved two miscellaneous cases and 21 extension cases. Matric forms: Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on Friday revised schedule for submitting admission forms for Matriculation Annual Examination 2018. According to the revised schedule candidates can now submit forms with single fee till Dec. 22, with double fee till Dec. 29 and with triple fee till Jan 5, 2018. Matriculation Annual Examination 2018 will commence from March 1, The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Punjab allows drones for agriculture

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:20
LAHORE:December 16: The Punjab government has allowed use of drone technology in the agriculture sector. According to a spokesman for Agriculture Department, this will be the revolutionary step to enhance agriculture production. An Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)/Drone consists of a small unmanned aircraft and after the success of this technology it is ready to astound the agriculture sector. Drone/UAV technology can be usefully deployed in applications of pesticides on crops, monitoring of weeds, pests, and nutritional deficiencies, geographical survey of crops, area and water resources research and development. Interested farmers can apply to the deputy director agriculture (Extension) in his district for NOC for the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or drones. The deputy director agriculture (Extension) concerned shall refer all cases/applications about the use of drones for the aforementioned agriculture use to DC/DPO). After proper analysis and vetting, an NOC may be granted by the DC/DPO to the applicant specifying therein the area, time and duration of use of drones. In arriving at a decision, the protocols about the security of sensitive installations / establishments shall be given due consideration. A police personnel may also be attached with the operator of drone at the time of flying activity. The Deputy Director Agriculture (Extension) concerned shall inform the applicant in a timely manner about the status and outcome of the application for NOC.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Cabinet Committee to look over VC appointments

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:16
LAHORE:16 December: A cabinet committee has been formed for the appointment of vice chancellors at eight public sector universities of the province. The committee, formed on the orders of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has been notified by the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED). According to the notification issued by the HED, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, the committee will look over the appointment process and deliberate over issues relating to public sector universities of the province. A total of seven members were appointed to the committee. Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani is the convener of the committee, while the chief secretary of the province is the co-convener. Other members of the cabinet committee include law and parliamentary affairs department secretary, planning and development department Secretary, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairperson Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin and the HED Secretary, who will also function as the secretary of the committee. Steel Town Cadet College celebrates 28th Parents’ Day “The Chief Minister Punjab was pleased to constitute a Cabinet Committee for the appointment of Vice Chancellors of Public Sector Universities in Punjab and allied issues related to the Public Sector Universities,” the notification said, The eight public sector universities where vice chancellors are to be appointed included Punjab University, Women University, Multan, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan, University of Home Economics, Lahore, University of Sahiwal, University of Jhang, University of Okara and Information Technology University (ITU). Earlier, the HED had sent the names of search committee members – who would scrutinise potential candidates for the vice chancellors slot – for approval to the Chief Minister. The names, 12 for each university, were proposed by the PHEC and after the approval a three to five member search committee panel would be formed. The search committees would vet the candidates after the provincial government floats advertisements for the vacant positions in each university. The Punjab government had also revised the criteria for vice chancellors. To this effect, the HED issued the new criteria for VCs and a notification was subsequently issued for each varsity. According to the new criteria, a PhD was not necessary for the potential candidate; however, it was preferred and carried additional points. K-P tops in district education rankings The new criteria also gave the search committee the powers to nominate a candidate for the vice chancellor. The previous practice was forwarding three names to the chief minister, who interviewed and selected a vice chancellor for a public university. Other requirements, as per the new rules of the HED, include experience in a senior academic research or management leadership position and working in a well-reputed international organisation/academic institution (teaching/research /management) at a relatively senior position. Furthermore, the potential candidate should be able to demonstrate the capacity for mobilisation of financial resources from national/international agencies and show documented experience of establishing new organisations or restructuring existing ones. The provincial government is yet to advertise the vacant positions and academics, especially for the Punjab University. Academics are demanding that the CM appoint a permanent head of the institute as the delays were causing administrative problems for the varsity.Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

UAF, FIC ink research deal in Faisalabad

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:08
FAISALABAD:15 December:Faculty of Food, Nutrition and Home Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad and Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology (FIC) inked a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in academia, research, training, internship and other areas of mutual concern with a special focus on health and nutrition. The MoU was inked by UAF Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Iqbal Zafar and FIC Executive Director Dr Anjum Jalal. UAF Faculty of Food Sciences Masood Sadiq Butt, FIC Medical Superintendent Rai Zulfiqar Ali, National Institute of Food Science and Technology UAF Director General Dr Tahir Zahoor and others were also present. As part of the agreement, both institutions will exchange human resources and will develop research collaborations. The organisations will jointly arrange conferences on health and nutrition issues and would assist each other to address health issues facing the mankind. Nutrition should be made part of syllabus: experts While speaking on the occasion, UAF Vice-Chancellor Iqbal Zafar said that there was a need to expedite efforts for the welfare of mankind. He said that diseases were spreading in our society due to changing lifestyle, eating habits, and climate changes. He said, “New trends are being witnessed in the eateries and 50% of the population is facing malnutrition which is a matter of concern.” Anjum Jalal said that dietary patterns were changing in the society rapidly which were also one of the reasons for the increasing health issues. Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2017.FaisalabadUniversity in Faisalabad

Public schools: Punjab ranks third among provinces

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:07
LAHORE:15 December:Punjab was ranked third out of the four provinces in terms of availability, quality and facilities in the public school setup of the country. The ranking was published on Thursday by Alif Ailaan. At the same time, five districts made it to the top 10 of the national District Education Ranking. The districts in the south remained in the lower strata of the nationwide ranking with Muzaffargarh at the bottom. The fifth annual District Education Rankings was launched on Thursday in Islamabad by Alif Ailaan. The rankings used official government data from across the country, along with data from ASER survey, to assess the performance of districts in education. According to the ranking, Faisalabad ranked second, following Haripur district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa. Other districts that fared well in the ranking included Gujranwala at the third spot and Sheikhupura in fourth. Moreover, Sargodha was ranked ninth and Bahawalpur was tenth in the ranking. Negligent schools to be sealed in Punjab Furthermore, districts that ranked in the last 10 spots in the province included Lodhran, Mianwali, Bahawalnagar, Chiniot, Vehari, Kasur, Pakpattan, Rajanpur, Bhakkar and Muzaffargarh. The ranking was based on three broad indicators which included education, school infrastructure and beyond primary readiness. In the overall provincial ranking, Punjab was third among other provinces of the country with an overall score of 70.1. In the education indicator, divided into three parts, Punjab received a total learning score of 66.57, retention score of 49.83 and gender parity score of 93.62. The school infrastructure score was divided into primary and middle. In the primary school infrastructure category, Punjab was ranked second among eight regions of the country. For the middle school infrastructure, Punjab was ranked at the top with school infrastructure score at 92.66. Commenting on the finding, a statement by Alif Ailaan said, “The district ranking demonstrates deep intra-provincial inequalities, and disparities between districts within a province, reflecting a failure of programming at the provincial level. Though provinces should not be held responsible for disparities between each other, they are very much responsible for the wide disparities between their own districts. Provinces need to attend to the different levels of performance in education across their districts.” Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2017.Lahore

Suo motu of high fee welcomed

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:06
Lahore:15 December:Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has appreciated the Supreme Court of Pakistan for taking suo motu notice of the exorbitant fee charged by private medical colleges and the lack of uniform admission policy. According to a press release issued here Thursday, PMA central secretary general Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad alleged that the federal government and the Pakistan Association of Private Medical and Dental Institutions had influenced the PMDC to make recommendations, including fee-hike and admission policy for 2017-18. Pakistan Medical Association showed its reservations on the recommendations in this regard. “We demand the Supreme Court of Pakistan that only PMDC should monitor and regulate the medical education in the country, he said, adding that the PMDC should be made independent, auton.The news.LahoreMedical College in Lahore

Punjab University Milad

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:05
Lahore15 December: Punjab University Centre for Clinical Psychology (CCP) organised a Mehfil-e-Milad here on Thursday. According to a press release, Director CCP Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, faculty members, students and staff attended the ceremony. The participants paid tribute to Holy Prophet (PBUH) with religious fervor. They expressed their affection with Holy Prophet (PBUH) through na’at, speeches, recitations and supplication.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

University of Engineering course

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:03
Lahore15 December: A four-day executive education course for professionals belonged to various industry organised by the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) concluded here on Thursday. A certificate distribution ceremony was held at the end of the course. UET Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid distributed certificates among the participants.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUET Lahore

HEC has doubled budget for social sciences’

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:02
LAHORE:15 December: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad has said Pakistan is facing problems like terrorism and extremism and to address the problems social scientists can play a vital role. He said this while addressing an opening session of three-day first international conference “Social Sciences and Humanities in the New Millennium: Challenges and Prospects” jointly organised by Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and Virtual University (VU). Dr Mukhtar urged the universities to produce maximum scholars in social sciences as society is facing numerous challenges of the new millennium. He added HEC has increased budget for social science sector by 100 per cent. VU rector Dr Naveed A Malik said the Virtual University of Pakistan said purpose of the conference was to explore new horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities, understanding their unique perspectives and draw attention to possible challenges of the new millennium. He added the conference would provide an opportunity to renew contacts and discuss problems of mutual interest with delegates from different parts of country and abroad. The inaugural ceremony was also attended by Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, Vice Chancellor University of Sargodha, educationists, a large number of people and scholars of various academic institutions. UoE conference: First National Conference on English Language and Literature (NCELL2017) was held at University of Education (UoE) on Thursday in which more than 50 papers were presented. Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Islamabad Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir was the chief guest. In his inaugural speech UoE VC Dr Rauf-i-Azam said the conference was aimed to conceptualise a new vision of inter-disciplinary and inter-genre research within the domain of English literature and provide a discussion forum for researchers to collaborate with each other to develop research culture in Pakistan. Dr Samina said being the pioneer educational institute, the University of Education could play a leading role to enhance communication skills of teachers by arranging such conferences. She said government should pay attention on training of college teachers as well.The news.Lahore

330 IT labs set up in district schools

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:01
LAHORE:15 December: Deputy Commissioner Sumair Ahmed Syed has said that district administration had been focusing and taking steps to educate the students in the field of Information Technology along with other subjects. Addressing a meeting here Wednesday, he revealed that 330 IT laboratories were established in high schools of the metropolitan city where latest IT equipment had been installed and a large number of students had been getting benefit. He disclosed that 28 more IT labs were being set up in remaining high schools of the city for which tenders were going to be issued soon. “There are total 358 high schools from which 330 IT labs had already been made while with the accomplishment of 28 more IT labs, the target of 100 percent IT labs in high schools would be achieved”, Sumair Ahmed revealed. quacks: Lahore Division Commissioner Abdullah Khan Sumbal has directed all Lahore division ACs to take action against quackery and quacks more comprehensively. He said this while chairing a meeting regarding actions against quackery here on Wednesday. The meeting was informed that actions were taken in all TMA zones. In Lahore 100 quack centres were sealed and 100 challans were issued, in Sheikhupura district 11 FIRs were registered, 103 quack centres were sealed, 133 challans were issued, in district Nankana Sahib one FIR was registered, 46 quack centres were sealed, 45 challans were sealed while in Kasur three FIRs were registered, 28 quack clinics were sealed and 71 challans were issued, he said. He said elimination of quackery would ensure healthy society, adding the administration would take action against quacks. He said comprehensive actions had been taken against quackery from January 1, 2017 to till date, adding 277 quacks clinics had been sealed, 349 challans issued and 15 FIRs registered against quacks, he added.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Post Graduate Medical Institute get modern training to young doctors

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:13
Lahore:13 December: The Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI) Principal Prof Dr Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab called upon young doctors to get modern training in all medical fields and keep their knowledge up-to-date. He was addressing the 4th “Intensive Review Course for Orthopedic Department” on Tuesday here at Lahore General Hospital (LGH). Under training doctors of FCPS and MS across the country attended the event. Prof Irfan Mehboob, Prof M.A. Wajid and Prof Faisal Nazeer delivered lectures on orthopedic and its technical aspects. The principal said such courses provide an opportunity to junior doctors to learn from the experience of the seniors which would be beneficial for their professional career.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahorePost Graduate Medical Institute

University of Sargodha organises two-day workshop

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:08
SARGODHA:13 December: The University of Sargodha (UoS) organised a two-day workshop on ‘Advance statistical analysis pertaining to Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) by using AMOS software’. The key purpose of the workshop was to cater to the analysis needs of the faculty members and research students of social sciences. Two gunned down in Sargodha The workshop enabled the participants to examine in depth the multi group structural equation (Multi Group Analysis) with the help of SEM technology and AMOS. The workshop also facilitated the participants to get awareness about AMOS and skills to analyse the structural relationship between measured variables and latent constructs. Vice-Chancellor Ishtiaq Ahmad appreciated the efforts of the department for organising such a workshop and also congratulated the Head of Education Department Muhammad Sarwar and his team for holding a successful event. Students receive scholarships at Shah Latif University Sarwar lauded the efforts of the team and participants of the workshop on successful execution of the workshop. He also announced holding a series of workshops in order to meet the modern day research standards for researchers, scholars and academia. Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2017.SargodhaSargodha University

After a perfect past, Turkish teachers face uncertain future

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:07
LAHORE:13 December:The families of Turkish teachers, who were affiliated with Pak-Turk schools and could not leave Pakistan due to passport issues, say they were being pushed to the brink of starvation. Ömer Faruk, a Turkish teacher who taught at a Pak-Turk school for several years, narrated his ordeal to The Express Tribune in a tone that clearly expressed fear, nervousness and distrust. He said there were 112 families living throughout Pakistan. “Now only 14 are left behind as they could not travel abroad due to passport issues. As many as 40 families were living in Islamabad and now only five are left,” he added. Faruk said he wanted to leave the country due to the harassment he and his family had to face. “Some unidentified powers are harassing and intimidating us through different means. The families are leaving for anywhere in the world, even Africa,” he said. “After the ‘abduction’ of former Pak-Turk schools director Kamcaz’s family, development in court cases and recent harassment, we believe that even Africa is safer for the families of teachers affiliated with Pak-Turk schools. Many of those who left the country have landed jobs there and feel secure,” Faruk said. SHC extends stay for Turkish teachers Faruk said he also wanted to leave the country immediately, but could not do so as his daughters did not have a valid passport. “We went to the Turkish embassy and they did not respond. We were here on a UN asylum seekers’ certificate. With the hope that we would be able to travel abroad after receiving refugee status, the officials at UN asked us to wait,” Faruk said while explaining his state of uncertainty. “Those left behind are fast running out of resources and money. It has even become difficult for them to meet their daily needs.” “I applied for the job of a translator at a private university, but was refused and asked to bring my security clearance first,” he said. “We have never been involved in any illegal activity in Pakistan. During my stay of over a decade in the country, I was never issued a traffic violation ticket,” Faruk remarked. “If anyone wanted to help us, they were stopped through calls by ‘unidentified persons’,” he added. Faruk said a businessman had promised him to help him financially, but later he told him that he was being forced to stop helping Turkish families. “Even my daughter was not allowed to sit in a foreign school’s exam. When we asked the reason, the school management told us that my daughter had no valid passport.” “My daughter has to suffer for the crimes she never committed,” he said. Faruk said he was always loved by the people of Pakistan. He never faced any issue with them. “There are some corrupt people at government level who are doing this to please some other corrupt people,” he added. “We are using our savings and after that we will have to sell our valuables to survive as long as we could,” he remarked with remorse. LHC orders protection for Turkish teachers in Lahore “I have not bought any new clothes in two years. We have not been to a restaurant. I even wore old clothes on Eid. Whenever my children demand something, I would tell them that I’ll get them when I get my salary. They have list of demands ready waiting for my salary,” Faruk added. “Despite this gloomy state of affairs, we still have hopes. The day will come when Pakistan will seek an apology from us (teachers) for humiliating, abducting and forcing us to die in return for our noble services,” he said. “We were running the best schools and providing modern education to their children. I was settled in a developed country. I gained experience there and came here just to serve.” “My friends had asked me to reconsider my decision of going to Pakistan. I came here only to provide best education to the children of Pakistan. I did not deserve this treatment,” Faruk concluded. Name has been changed to protect identity Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2017.Lahore

Information Technology University to set up innovative lab

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:06
LAHORE:13 December: The Information Technology University (ITU) founding Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif on Tuesday said the university would establish an innovative lab on its main campus. He said this while chairing the 7th meeting of ITU syndicate. The meeting was informed that ITU has acquired ‘W’ category ranking from the National Computing Accreditation Council and an endorsement from the HEC. The meeting also discussed the details regarding first convocation, scheduled on Dec 17, of the graduate batch which was enrolled in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science programmes. The matters pertaining to the institutionalising of the Lahore Technology Award and sources for research funding also came under discussion. ITU Registrar Zaheer Sarwar and the syndicate members attended the meeting. Meanwhile, according to a press release, a talk on book “Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan” by Prof Anita M. Weiss of the University of Oregon, USA was organised at ITU. Professor Weiss, who conducted four decades research on Pakistan, said all conversations on women’s rights in Pakistan happen within the context of Islam. Whether it was the Aurat Foundation or Al-Huda, both presented their Inter boards meeting: A two-day annual meeting of Inter Boards Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) will begin at a local hotel from Wednesday (today). The chairmen of educational boards and boards of technical education as well as the textbook boards from across the country will participate in the meeting. They will discuss different issues including bringing further improvement in the examination system. Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani will preside over the inaugural session.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Punjab University announces results

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:04
LAHORE:13 December: The Punjab University on Tuesday announced that Dec 27 would be the last date for submission of admission forms and fee for MA/MSc Part-II supplementary examination 2017. Meanwhile PU declared results of annual examination 2017 of MA Diplomacy and Strategic Studies Part-I, MA International Relations Part-I, MA Kashmiryat Part-I, MA Persian Part-I, MSc Tourism and Hospitality Management Part-I, MSc Space Science Part-I, and MSc Gender Studies Part-II. The details are available on PU website.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Lahore College for Women University celebrates Christmas

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:03
LAHORE:December 13: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) organised a ceremony in connection with Christmas here on Tuesday. Pastor Shahid Miraj, LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr Uzma Qureshi, staff and Christian employees of the institution along with their families attended the ceremony. A number of students joined the ceremony to greet the Christian community. In her address, the VC said the university was fully aware of the welfare of employees. She said a staff welfare fund, with one million rupees, has been set up in this regard. The Christian community was an important part of our society, she said. Pastor Shahid Miraj said Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus was a symbol of peace, brotherhood and respect for the entire humanity. He said Jesus not only healed the ailing humanity but preached the divine values of tolerance, love and compassion. “It’s time to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ,” he said. Dr Uzma along with the staff cut a cake and distributed gifts among the children of Christian staff.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority lauds JICA help

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:01
Lahore:December 13: The collaboration between Japan International Cooperation Agency and Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) has provided technical education to the youth of Punjab according to the Japanese standards. Tevta Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said this while talking to a JICA delegation led by Mayumi Miyata here on Tuesday, according to a press release. He said JICA provided Rs 640 million aid for the students of Diploma in Associate Engineering (DAE) which eventually raised the standard of technical education. Machinery worth Rs 105 million was also handed over to the Government Technical College, Faisalabad, he said. He said the syllabus of technical education was also reviewed by the Japanese experts. Tevta wants to enhance the collaboration in future, he added.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahoreUET Lahore

Students express passion to promote mountaineering

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:09
Rawalpindi:December 12: More than 300 million Pakistanis are directly or indirectly relying on mountains for their livelihood and it is imperative on us to conserve, protect and promote mountains and mountaineering, says a press release. This was said by National Secretary of the Pakistan Youth Hostel Association (PYHA) and former ambassador Qazi Humayun while welcoming the young participants of a poster competition and lecture organised at the PYHA Islamabad chapter here on Monday to celebrate the International Mountain Day. Around 40 students from Islamabad’s schools, colleges and universities participated in the daylong activity and expressed their love and passion to promote mountaineering and a pollution free Pakistan. These educational institutes included FG College for Home Economics, IMCG F-7/4, Air University, Bahria University and IMCG, F-6/2. Ambassador Humayun was of the opinion that mountains of Pakistan not only guaranteed sustainable environment conditions but they were also home to glaciers which were huge reservoirs of water. He congratulated the successful students of the poster competition and hoped they would continue to express their love for mountains in their art. Conservationist and President of Sustainable Tourism Foundation Aftab-ur-Rehman Rana in his presentation highlighted the importance of mountains and drew the youths’ attention toward the great treasure of nature. Pakistan, he said is the unique land where three mountain ranges -Himalaya, Karakaram and Hindukush-meet. Each participant of that 20-day activity is called eco guard and on his/her return convinces the peers, friends and colleagues about mountain conservation and environment protection. At the end position holders of the poster competition were announced. In children’s category Zoya Rizwan won Rs3,000 and certificate while the first prize of Rs15,000 was bagged by Qurat-ul-Ain of IMCG F-7/4, the second position and cash prize of Rs10,000 was grabbed by Sara Mehboob while the third prize of Rs5000 was given to Narmeen Tariq. Mazharul Islam, the acclaimed short story writer and creative organizer of the event was commended by the participants for making the International Mountain Day a huge success.The news.Rawalpindi