Speak­ers at AIOU urge youth to fol­low Iqbal's thoughts

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Speak­ers at a func­tion held on Fri­day at Al­lama Iqbal Open Univer­sity (AIOU) paid rich trib­utes to Dr. Muham­mad Iqbal on his 141st birth an­niver­sary, urg­ing the youth to fol­low his foot­prints for a bet­ter life.

The func­tion was largely at­tended by the stu­dents of lo­cal col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties. It was marked by hold­ing ' Bait Bazi' and 'Kalam-e-Iqbal's com­pe­ti­tions among them.

The speak­ers in­clud­ing em­i­nent in­tel­lec­tual and poet Dr. Prof. Fateha Muham­mad Ma­lik and Vice Chan­cel­lor Prof. Dr. Nasir Mah­mood who un­der­lined the need of com­pre­hend­ing and prac­tic­ing the mes­sage of the great poet in a true spirit. This is only way to re­vive Is­lamic glory and putting the life on road to progress and pros­per­ity, they as­serted.

They noted that Iqbal's thoughts are highly in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing for the young gen­er­a­tion for hav­ing a right di­rec­tion to­wards a suc­cess­ful life. While eu­lo­giz­ing the role of Dr. Iqbal in the free­dom move­ment, they said the dream of the poet was turned into re­al­ity and it led the Mus­lims to have a re­spect­ful life in the comity of the na­tions.

Dr. Fateha Muham­mad Ma­lik spoke high of Al­lama Iqbal's po­etry and in­tel­lec­tual thoughts and urged youth to fol­low the teach­ings of Poet of East. He re­cited some verses of po­etry, re­lat­ing to his Is­lamic thoughts.

Dr. Nasir Mah­m­mod while pre­sid­ing over the func­tion said that the Univer­sity will con­tinue its en­deavor to pro­mote the mes­sage of Dr. Iqbal among the youth through its aca­demic pur­suits.

He said there is dire need of the time to keep high the mes­sage and thoughts of the great Mus­lim Philoso­pher in prac­ti­cal life. His in­tel­lec­tual thoughts are source of strength and guid­ance for the new gen­er­a­tion, Dr. Nasir added.

In Kalam-e-Iqbal's com­pe­ti­tion, those who won first, sec­ond and third prizes were Alleena Noor of AIOU's Is­lam­abad re­gion, Wasim Bashir (AIOU) and Eshamul Hasan of Is­lam­abad Model Col­lege for Boys F-8/4. The best prizes, first, sec­ond and third in the 'Bait Bazi' went to Fa­tima Jin­nah Women Univer­sity, Is­lam­abad Model Col­lege for women I-8/3 and Gar­den Col­lege, Rawalpindi re­spec­tively.

Dr. Nasir Mah­mood con­grat­u­lated the prize's win­ners and praised the qual­ity and stan­dard of their pre­sen­ta­tions, par­tic­u­larly recit­ing Kalam-e-Iqbal in most im­pres­sive way.

Those who par­tic­i­pated in the event in­cluded Dean So­cial Sciences Dr. Sam­ina Awan, chair­man Depart­ment of Urdu Dr. Ab­dul Aziz Sehr, Di­rec­tor Stu­dents Af­fairs, Rana Tariq Javed, Re­gional Di­rec­tor Rawalpindi Re­gion Ma­lik To­qeer Ahmed Khan and Re­gional Di­rec­tor Is­lam­abad Shah Far­rakh, be­sides the Reg­is­trar Dr. Muham­mad Muham­mad Zaigham Qadeer. - NNI

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