LAHORE - The Government College University (GCU) rewarded the teachers of position-holders with cash awards at a graceful ceremony at Bokhari Auditorium here on Tuesday. The Punjab government gave away about Rs 1 million to the institution for securing top nine positions in the BISE Intermediate Annual Examinations 2009 which GCU Vice-Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab disbursed among the concerned teaching staff. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Khalid Aftab lauded the Punjab government for initiating special cash prize for teachers of the position-holders. He said it would encourage the teachers and they would work hard on their students. He also appreciated establishing Punjab Educational Endowment Fund for giving scholarships to the students. The VC eulogized the outstanding performance of the GCU students in intermediate examinations, saying that elders live through their children and students' achievements bring laurels to their institutions. Controller of Examination AS Bokhari also highlighted the importance of teachers by giving the examples of some renowned personalities including Alexander and Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Later, above said 28 teachers including Muhammad Umar Hayat, Uzma Hanif, Yahya Khurram, Rukhsana Kausar, Sabahat Zahra, Saima Sarwar, Ana Ashraf, Ms. Mahrukh Nishat,. Sumbal Maqsood, Azhar Ali Zafar, Nauman Aslam, Syed Rizwan Ahmad, Abdul Aijaz, Ahitsham Jan, Saeed Ahmed Butt, Tahir Jamil, Naila Pervaiz, Sahad Karim, Uzma Noreen, Zaheer Iqbal, Sadia Sharif, Ataul Haq, Inamul Haq, Haroon Qadir, Saeed Murtaza, Nasima Rehman and Ms. Saima Iram were awarded with cash prizes. Govt to promote art activities Ceramic Work was exhibited at Minhas Art Gallery, GCU here on Tuesday. About sixtyfour pieces by the students of Fine Arts from Ayesha Siddiqa Degree College, Nicholson Road Lahore and by Iftikhar Butt, who had conducted 15days workshop in the college, were displayed at gallery. Prof Rahat Naveed Masud principal College of Fine Arts University of Punjab was Chief Guest at the inaugural of the exhibition and appreciated the presenters. She said government should promote such kind of activities at collage level. She said in this period of uncertainty those activities gave a healthy relief to the people. She said our artists were equally good, skilled and dedicated as others anywhere in the world as such they had every merit to compete at international level. Chief guest commented on that occasion that the work itself had such a marvelous appearance and creative niceties that no one can say it had been produced by young artists attempting their hand on them for the first time. What they have done also reflects the experience and expertise imparted to them by Iftikhar Butt in the Ceramic Workshop. Erfan Ullah Babar, Chairman of Department of Fine Arts GCU was also present on the occasion. They expressed their feelings in clay with creating architectural forms and calligraphy. Some select figurative work. At the occasion, the art students said the medium of ceramics was very wonderful experience to polish their aesthetic sense. They also thanked their teachers for giving chance to prove their abilities.