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Embassy of Japan’s Counselor Mr Ryuji Lwasaki-san has said that they were celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations with Pakistan which was proof of long-standing friendship. He expressed these views at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Punjab University Hailey College of Commerce (HCC) and the Pakistan-Japan Intellect Forum (PJiF) for the promotion of the Japanese language and culture.

On this occasion at Punjab University, Associate Professor Hailey College of Commerce Dr Zafar Ahmed, Vice President PJiF Sitara Arif, faculty members and students were present.

Pakistan Japan Intellect Forum is a literary society and an intellectual forum operating for the last 20 years. It has been organizing various cultural and educational programs in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan, Karachi.

In this address, Japanese Counselor Mr Ryuji Lwasaki-san said that despite the limited resources, Pakistanis have always extended the best hospitality to foreigners which was a unique ability. He said that the agreement for the promotion of the Japanese language and culture in Pakistan would further strengthen the ties. In his address, Dr Zafar highlighted the history and ongoing activities at Hailey College of Commerce.

Later, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the parties.

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The University of Punjab (PU) and the University of Calgary (UCalgary), Canada will jointly work in the field of social work under Transforming the Field Education Landscape: Intersections of Research and Practice in the Canadian Social Work Field Education Project. The international collaboration has been made possible due to the special efforts of PU Department of Social Work’s Chairperson Prof Dr. Syeda Mehnaz Hassan and Prof Dr. Julie Drolet, Professor and TFEL Project Director, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Giving details of the project, Prof Dr. Syeda Mehnaz Hassan has said that TFEL is a partnership project that aims to better prepare the next generation of social workers in Canada by creating training and mentoring opportunities for students, developing and mobilizing innovative and promising field education practices, and improving the integration of research and practice in field education. She said that with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Partnership Grant, the TFEL partnership (2019-2024) is focused on creating new training and mentorship opportunities for social work students.

PU VC Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmad has lauded Chairperson of PU Department of Social Work Prof. Dr. Syeda Mehnaz Hassan for this achievement.

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2018-2022: PU experiences most progressive years in history: report

LAHORE: Punjab University (PU) Department of Public Relations has issued a four-year progress report of the university, claiming that the university has made new records of development and these four years have been experienced as the most progressive years in its history.  

A 16-page brief report carrying graphics claims that under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad, the university has made unprecedented progress in academic, research, and administrative fields.  The report says that PU has improved its international ranking by 16 percent and now it is counted among the best 63 percent universities in the world. The report says that in QS Asian ranking, PU has made a jump of 87 points and now it is declared 145th best university in Asia. 

The report says that Nature Publishing has declared PU No 1 university in natural sciences in Pakistan. The report says that till 2018, no PU subject was internationally recognized and in 2022 QS subject-wise ranking, 15 subjects of PU have been ranked. The report says that PU has been ranked among the world’s 101-150 top institutions in the subject of Petroleum Engineering and the top 101-130 institutions in the subject of religious studies.

 The report says that keeping in view national and academic requirements for the next 50 years, PU has been academically restructured and 67 new teaching and research institutions have been created while several departments have been upgraded. The report says that for the first time, PU has particularly promoted and encouraged those research projects which could resolve socio-economic problems of the country. He said that due to encouragement of research, the PU teachers had published 1070 impact factor research papers in 2020. 

The report says that the university had made unprecedented appointments and promotions in these four years which have never been witnessed before. According to the report, for the first time in the recent 50-year history of PU, 8 meetings of the Senate have been organized in four years as per the requirement of the calendar while previously, a gap of 8 to 10 years can be seen between two meetings of the Senate. 

To ensure a model of good governance, the university has been run through statutory bodies. The university also took a number of exclusive initiatives during the period of Covid 19 to serve mankind, academia and the country.

Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof. Niaz Ahmad addressed the ceremony organized by Punjab University’s Christian community on Tuesday. Stressing the importance of interfaith harmony, he encouraged following the teachings of the Prophets as they preached love and peace in the world. He said Hazrat Esa A.S. helped the ailing humanity and showed the right path to his people.

Prof. VC Saleem Mazhar, Registrar Khalid Khan, President Academic Staff Association Dr. Mumtaz Anwar, Secretary Javed Sami, leader of PU Christian community Chaudhry Mushtaq Masih, Bishop Arif Khurram, Pastor John, Christian employees and their families were present on the occasion.

Prof Ahmad said that minorities were enjoying their rights in Pakistan. He said that PU was also providing them equal opportunities at all levels and they were getting employment opportunities on merit.

He also announced an honorarium of Rs 3,000 for Christian employees on the eve of Christmas.

Punjab University (PU) commemorated “Surprise Day” with utmost zeal and fervor and various departments took out rallies, chanting slogans to pay tribute to Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army that once again proved Pakistan’s supremacy over India on Feb 27 last year.

The main rally from VC office was led by PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad and MPA Musarrat Jamshed Cheema in which Pro vice-chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, heads of various departments, faculty members, employees and a huge number of students participated in the rally. The participants were carrying banners and posters bearing pictures of Pakistan Air Force’s Hassan Siddiqui who shot down an Indian fighter jet. One banner was also inscribed with “India’s Blunder, replied by JF Thunder”.

Addressing the rally outside the Institute of Education and Research, PU vice-chancellor Professor Niaz Ahmad said that Feb 27 was a lesson given to India as well as the international community by Pakistan and it was a ‘Thanksgiving Day’. He said that Pakistan had given a message to the international community that we were a responsible nation. Ahmad said that Pakistan Army followed international laws when the Indian pilot surrendered and gave him the best medical treatment in an emergency and served him tea and food.

Niaz said that Operation Swift Retort was not a surprise for him as he already believed that Pakistan Army had the capacity to live up to its legacy with valor and professional excellence and give a historical lesson to the enemy. He said that Modi was acting like a king who never followed any law and due to Modi’s blatant violations of international and national laws, the whole India was burning today and all the minorities were feeling themselves unsafe. VC said that Pakistan had offered joint investigation regarding Pulwama attacks but India did not accept the offer. He added that the whole nation stood with Pakistan Army.

MPA Musarrat Jamshed Cheema said that Modi’s steps had once again proved that Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was right. She said that Kashmir would get independence soon and another Islamic state would emerge out of India.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Saleem Mazhar said that Pakistan Army had removed India’s misunderstanding that she could disturb Pakistan through any misadventure. He said that India was not allowing even its own citizens to live with independence. Earlier, Punjab University VC Prof Niaz Ahmad and MPA Jamshed Cheema also cut a cake to commemorate the first anniversary of Surprise Day. Meanwhile, PU Centre for South Asian Studies organized a seminar to recall the success achieved by the Pakistan’s armed forces over Indian armed forces at its auditorium.

A lecture was delivered by Brig (R) Imran Malik who comprehensively covered the events leading to the events of Balakot and thereafter. He said that these events exposed Indian air forces’ ineptness and lack of professionalism thoroughly. Imran said that Pakistan Navy also exposed Indian Navy’s immature attempt to intrude into Pakistan’s territorial waters and withdrew unceremoniously. He said that Pakistan’s armed forces had revived their commitment to safeguard and secure Pakistan’s independence, territorial integrity and freedom of thought and action. The lecture was concluded by the CSAS Director Professor Dr Umbreen Javaid who also appreciated Pakistan Army and its role in maintaining the strategic balance in the region and how it defended Pakistan against the Indian aggression.

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