Jimmy Engineer’s book launched in Singapore
Syed Hasan Javed, High Commissioner of Pakistan in Singapore, believes that Pakistan’s multi-cultural heritage as the birth place and centre of the world’s greatest religions, cultures and civilizations, is a global inspiration. He stated this while addressing the launch of “In Search of My Master” a biography of Jimmy Engineer, a renowned Pakistani social activist, humanist and painter, written by Marjorie Hussein.
Addressing a gathering of art lovers, diplomats and Pakistanis in Singapore, Javed said that Pakistan is where the Euro-Asiatic civilizations converged, melted and produced the fabulous synthesis, in what is modern day Pakistan. This synthesis brings the best of Indus Valley Civilization embracing Egyptian, Mesopotamia, Chinese, Greek, Arab, Persian, Turkish, Mughal and AngloAmerican heritage to produce the most brilliant and resilient human society. Modern day scholars such as Dr. Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Anatol Lieven, Joseph S. Nye Jr. and others understand and acknowledge the strength of Pakistan’s social capital and soft power.
Earlier, Jimmy Engineer speaking at the Institute of South Asia Studies discussed his inspiration of cultural heritage; the fascinating saga from Commissioner of Pakistan, officials, intellectuals and research fellows of the institute and Pakistani community. Dr. Iftikhar Chowdhury, senior research fellow at ISAS, paying a rich tribute to Jimmy Engineer said the paintings book depicts the historical and spiritual richness of Pakistan’s heritage. Jimmy belongs to the Parsi community, which has made enormous contributions the knowledge Industry, Syed Hasan Javed, in a meeting with Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of the National University of Singapore (NUS), stated that Pakistan’s youthful population of 54 percent being under 20 years could be a bonanza for economic development of both countries, as there was 1200 percent increase in higher education enrollment in Pakistan between 2000-2010.
Pakistan also has the largest number of O and A level students outside the United Kingdom. Several Pakistani students have established world records in O and A Level examinations in Mathematics, Computer Science, English Literature, etc. An Education City is being established in Karachi. Pakistani universities have produced more research papers over the last decade, than in the last 50 years. Several Pakistani doctors and engineers have established global records in excellence in Medical Surgery, Dengue Fever research, Bio- technology, Genetic Engineering, Computer Science and Applications, etc. He expressed satisfaction on the growing cooperation between NUS and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
Javed also felicitated the Vice Chancellor on the NUS achievements. Jimmy Engineer, accompanying the High Commissioner presented the book to Tan Chorh Chuan. He also spoke on his life, inspiration and mission to serve Pakistan. Tan, who was invited by the High Commissioner to visit Pakistan, thanked him for the gesture and expressed keen interest in Pakistan’s educational progress and wished greater prosperity for the country.
the ancient civilization to the modern times where Pakistan’s diverse and traditional pursuits and customs are part of a way of life. He also spoke about how he painted his series on Partition.
The seminar was attended by the High Jimmy Engineer (right) presenting his book ‘In search of my Master’ to Professor Tan ChorhChuan (centre),
President National University of Singapore. Syed Hasan Javed (left), High Commissioner of Pakistan in Singapore, is also seen in the picture. to Pakistan in various fields including health, education and engineering. Jimmy Engineer presented his book to the Institute of South Asian Studies.
Also, as Pakistan and Singapore are engaged in promoting cooperation in