GUJRAT -  Hungarian Ambassador Istavan Szabo has said his country enjoys very friendly and cordial relations with Pakistan and seeks to further boost cooperation, especially in the field of education and economy.

He was addressing a ceremony marking Pak-Hungary relations at Hafiz Hayat Campus of the University of Gujrat on Thursday. “Hungary is quite aware of and equally pained by the fact that Pakistan has suffered a lot in its war on terror. Pak-Hungary relations are based on mutual trust and bilateral respect. We want to further strengthen them by expanding our cooperation in various fields as the same would lead to attaining world peace and stability,” Istavan Szabo told the participants of the ceremony titled “Pak-Hungary Relations, Exploring Intellectual Pathways”.

He said that Pakistanis, especially the students, were very talented people and can play a vital role in the progress of their country. In this regard, he said, Hungary offers scholarships to Pakistani students to help them achieve academic excellence. He also said that Hungarians had been extending cooperation in the crisis-hit energy sector of Pakistan for the last 18 years.

Earlier, Hungarian Cultural Consular Emilia Szabo spoke about scholarships and educational opportunities in Hungary at the packed-to-capacity Quaid-e-Azam Library Auditorium. She said that Stipendium Hungaricum – a higher education and scientific exchange programme -- was launched by her country in 2013 to help support foreign students’ education.

She said that Hungarian universities had fixed quota for Pakistani students in various programmes. She expressed hope that Pakistani students would avail of this opportunity in coming years.

Dr Graphy, Consular at the Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan, praised the academic progress and aesthetically designed modern infrastructure of the UoG.

Former provincial education minister Mian Imran Masood said that an investment in education is tantamount to securing our future. He said that UoG has become one of the strong pillars of higher education in the country.

Dean Faculty of Sciences Prof Dr Faheem Malik said that the world had turned into global village. He underlined the need to strengthen relations between world nations for durable peace and stability. He called upon the developed nations to cooperate with the developing countries in their journey of progress for the sake of permanent world peace and happiness.

WORKSHOP ON LANGUAGES

About 60 Mphil and PhD scholars attended a one-day workshop titled “Major Trends in Experimental Phonetics & Phonology”. The workshop was held at Hafiz Hayat Campus of the University of Gujrat (UoG).

Speech sounds are more than just sounds as latest scientific approaches in linguistic research have revealed that phonetics and phonemics of a language can help discover its cultural, social and historical relations with other languages of the world, a renowned linguist told the researchers.

Stressing scientific approach and methodology, Dr Kamal Khan, asst prof of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU), Sheringal, Dir Upper, KPK, threw ample light on current trends and latest developments in the study and research of phonetics and phonemics as an inevitable branch of linguistics. He said that foreign linguists had done a great deal of research on Pakistani languages, emphasising “since a native speaker of a language is familiar with all the dialects, he could do a lot better."

Chairperson English Department Dr Behzad Anwar said, “A subjective and scientific approach in research not only can help create new knowledge but also lead us to solution of various social and cultural problems.” He expressed hope that UoG researchers would benefit a great deal from the workshop. Dr Riaz Mangreo and other senior faculty members attended the workshop.

Earlier, the University of Gujrat (UoG) released the results for Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) supplementary examinations (part II).

The pass percentage for candidates in BA (part II) was 53.83. It was 59.34 for B.Sc students. The UoG also declared the results for Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) supplementary exams for part I & II . The pass percentage for successful candidates in part I was 42.86 while the same for part II was 48.99.

The result intimation cards of regular candidates have been dispatched to restpective colleges, while those of private candidates to the addresses provided by them, said the controller examinations. Rechecking applications will be received within 20 days of declaration of the results.

Annual examinations for BA, B.Sc and B.Com are scheduled to begin in the first week of April. Admission forms with single fee will be accepted between February 15 and February 28, with double fee between March 1 and March 8.