KARACHI - Beautiful dresses, music, folk songs, skits have fascinatingly depicted the cultures of provinces of Pakistan at a Lok Virsa (Cultural Fair), coinciding the women’s day, held at Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology here on Thursday.

The Fair was organised by the Girl Students Committee of the university. The programmes presented highlighted the cultural values of Pakistan and contribution of Pakistani woman folk towards the promotion of the same.

Addressing the opening ceremony, SSUET Chancellor ZA Nizami highly appreciated the performance of girls and declared that such activities will continue at regular intervals. He said that holding of Lok Virsa on the occasion of Women’s Day was of great significance and the university’s girl students have made a great stride towards the promotion of cultural face of Pakistan in its all richness and values.

He laid greater emphasis on social activities at the university. “This Lok Virsa programme has provided great impetus to the idea.” Addressing the function, MNA Khush Bakht Shujaat said that those nations which remember their cultures and cultural values, they re-emerge even after their downfall, but those which forget their cultures and values they cannot come out once they fall into quagmire. She cited the example of French Revolution and said that even after their bloody revolution when even castles and palaces of rich French were burnt, they did not destroy their libraries and treasures of arts and crafts and, therefore, were able to re-emerge after the revolution.

Zubaida Tariq, famously known as Zubaida Aapa, recalled that during their student days, girls used to get training along with education but this trend is now non-existent. She said that if girls were imparted proper training during their academic period, the society would become better which would lead the nation towards development. The girls had also set up various stalls. Nizami along with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Nazir Ahmed and members of AMUOBA visited the stalls and appreciated their presentation.