Lahore  - Educational institutes also joined in Iqbal Day cerebrations. A delegation of students and teachers from Government College University led by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman Saturday visited the Iqbal’s mausoleum. Speaking on the occasion, the VC said that Allama Iqbal’s philosophy was a beacon of light for youth and guaranteed the Muslim renaissance. He said that Iqbal’s deliberations both in verse and prose fueled the imagination of Muslim Ummah, particularly his poetry composed in Urdu and Persian spell out the manifesto for purposeful change. He said that it was up to the Muslim youth today to seek light from Iqbal’s philosophy and guaranteed the revival of scientific, technological and social advancement. He said that it was a matter of great pride and inspiration for all Ravians and Old Ravians that Iqbal had been the student of Government College Lahore. Later, the VC offered fateha for the soul of the great poet and laid floral wreath. He also recorded his views in the visitors’ book.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Punjab University under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran visited mausoleum of Allama Iqbal and laid floral wreath and offered Fateha for the departed soul. In visitor’s book, paying tribute to Allama Iqbal, Dr Kamran wrote that the only atomic power of the Muslim World come into existence as a result of the poetry and thoughts of Allama Iqbal. He wrote that his poetry empowered Islamic World to fight powers of evil especially in Central Asia including Afghanistan and Iran. He wrote that May Allah shower his countless blessings upon him. The PU Department of Iqbaliat and PU Library also held a ceremony to mark the day. Iqbal Chair’s Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Akram Shah, Chairman Department of Persian Dr Moeen Nizami, Nazim Bazm-e-Iqbal Prof Dr Hanif Shahid, Chief Librarian Chaudhry Hanif, senior teachers, employees and a large number of students were present on the occasion while deputy chief librarian Dr Haroon Usmani conducted the stage.

Dr Kamran said that there had been so many poets in the world but none’s poetry was influential, thoughtful like Allama Iqbal’s. He said that it was a good luck for us that Allama Iqbal was born and buried in this region. 

Addressing an event, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmad Sanghi stressed the need for understanding the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and poet of the east Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal for the progress of the country.