Lahore Literary Festival | KEMU, UHS VCs
'Great expectations' ahead of Lahore Literary Festival
Lahore, Feb 04: Prominent literati are expecting that the Lahore Literary Festival will revive the spirit of art and culture, and allow
people to meet the authors they love.
"Events like this are important as they provide an opportunity to the
public (avid readers) to meet those who describe the world for them in
their words," says celebrated writer Mohsin Hamid.
He is a leading writer in Pakistan and among several other noted
members of his community, who are taking part in the festival being held
at Alhamra on Feb 23 and 24.
He says events like this set a standard. "We need to have such events
in Lahore and other cities like Islamabad and Peshawar on a regular
basis," he says.
Ms Tehmina Durrani is another prominent writer attending the festival
and she is taking it as a great opportunity to express her views.
"Twenty-three years after the publication of 'My Feudal Lord', I look
forward to speaking at a public forum in my own country for the first
time," she says.
Lahore has long been known as the cultural capital of Pakistan. This
beautiful city has been associated with great literature, art, theater
and music. The first-ever literary festival has been conceived keeping
in mind the legacy of cultural heritage.
It promises to be the first step towards re-establishing Lahore as
the cultural heartbeat of Pakistan and enriching the cultural experience
of the city's residents by creating an institutional platform for
fostering and furthering literary traditions.
In addition to book readings and panel discussions by some
dignitaries of Urdu and English literature, the festival will feature
exhibitions, stalls, music programmes and an array of delectable food
The scheduled panels, conversations and book readings include the
launch of Nadeem Aslam's The Blind Man's Garden; The Holy Warrior in
Pakistani Cinema to be presented by Hameed Haroon; Discovering
Pakistan's English-Language Poetry to be moderated by the
internationally acclaimed Ahmed Rashid; Language and Storytelling in the
21st Century; Architecture of Urbanism and Aesthetics; and much, much
The event has already confirmed a wide range of prominent writers and
authors from across the globe, including Tariq Ali, Bapsi Sidhwa,
Tehmina Durrani, Intizar Hussain, Mohsin Hamid, Muhammad Hanif, Zehra
Nigah, Nadeem Aslam, Ayesha Jalal, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Ahmed Rashid and
Musharraf Ali Farooqi.
In addition to amazing representation of the Pakistani diaspora, the
festival organisers have also invited Indian literati Ila Arun, Urvashi
Butalia and the most recognisable British face in South Asia, William
"We are delighted to see the tremendous enthusiasm everyone has shown
towards the LLF, especially the generous assistance by individuals and
foundations, as well as the support of the City District Government,"
said Razi Ahmed, founder and CE.
"We're also working closely with schools and colleges in and around
Lahore to ensure youth participation geared towards promoting literature
reading and critical thinking. This will serve to revitalise the art
and literary tradition of Lahore at an institutional and global
platform," he added.
"We are excited about the interest and goodwill LLF has generated,
and feel strongly about the programme and the panelists we have the
privilege of hosting," said Nusrat Jamil, chairperson of LLF's Advisory
Board. "It is our hope that the LLF will reinvigorate our passion for
creativity, and that all those interested in Pakistani culture – be it
literature, art or music – will join us in being a part of this
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Dawn Education Expo from 5th
Lahore: The Dawn Media Group is organising the two-day
10th DAWN Education Expo 2013 at the Expo Centre, Johar Town on Feb 5
The expo is likely to be a truly international event with representation
by universities in Pakistan, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New
Zealand, North Cyprus, Turkey, UAE, the UK and the USA.
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Foul play' in selection of KEMU, UHS heads
Lahore: The Punjab health department has reportedly
revised the panels of candidates short-listed for the posts of
vice-chancellors at the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) and the
University of Health Sciences (UHS) to 'facilitate a blue-eyed' senior
doctor vying for the KEMU top slot.
A search committee interviewed 40 candidates for KEMU and UHS top
slots on Jan 2 and 3. After short-listing, the committee recommended two
panels of three candidates each to the chief minister for final
A source said the chief minister returned the summary to the
committee with objection to two candidates and directed it to revise the
summary in accordance with the laid down policy.
The source says the summary has been revised and the panels of the
short-listed candidates have also been revised on the wish of the
'blue-eyed' candidate who, being a clinician, preferred the KEMU to UHS.
The senior doctor is currently working as principal of a medical
institute in Lahore and initially his name was among three candidates
short-listed by the search committee for the UHS top slot.
According to the laid down rules, the committee does not have the
jurisdiction to exchange panels without repeating the process of
interviews and short-listing. Appointment of a candidate to the KEMU
from a penal finalised for the UHS would raise questions about the
appointments process, say experts.
"Neither candidates were recalled for interviews nor the process was
repeated for the new summary," one of the contenders for the top slots
said on condition of anonymity.
The KEMU post has been attractive for most medical teachers due to
the attached Mayo Hospital, while the UHS has no such facility.
Health Additional Secretary Dr Anwar Janjua, who is one of the members of the search committee, refused to comment on the issue.
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Students get laptops
Lahore: PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz says educated youth will change the fate of Pakistan in next general elections.
He was addressing a laptops distribution ceremony held at Alhamra Cultural Complex here on Saturday.
The laptops were given to the students of Dayal Singh College, Allama
Iqbal Medical College, King Edward Medical College University,
Ameeruddin Medical College, University of Health Sciences and vocational
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