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HEC launches programme to acknowledge professors’ services

ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission has launched an “HEC Distinguished National Professors” programme to use the services of outstanding senior professors and scientists in universities and research and development organisations in national organisations.
Project Manager (Human resource Development), Distinguished National Professor Programme, Afsheen Akhtar told this agency that the selected HEC national professors would be engaged in teaching and research in public sector institutions.
The programme has been launched to acknowledge the services rendered by outstanding senior professors and scientists in universities and research and development organizations and to utilize their services in national organizations, she said.
The HEC distinguished national professor will be entitled to fix emoluments salary of Rs150,000/ per month (Rs 100,000 as personal expense and Rs50,000/ as research grant).
The project manager informed that the appointment shall be made for a period of two years on contract renewable depending on yearly satisfactory performance.
According to the eligibility criteria, those who apply for this programme must be PhD in any discipline, have research and teaching experience preferably with a significant number of PhDs produced and membership of professional societies.
The candidate must have national or international publications and exhibitions, awarded national or international awards or honors and won national or international research grants.–APP

Heritage Shop to be inagurated at Lok Virsa on Monday

ISLAMABAD: A ‘Heritage Shop’ would be inaugurated here at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on Monday.
Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr Fouzia Saeed told APP that the newly constructed shop would be centre of all traditional musical instruments, folk music CDs and videos.
She said that Lok Virsa has completed work on the renovation of Heritage Shop and Lok Khaba, a traditional food restaurant.
She said that renewed heritage shop would provide an opportunity to the visitors to buy videos and CDs of folk music, documentaries of their choice.
She said that newly constructed ‘Sharbat Shop’, was already inaugurated, adding that the shop was serving as a place to enjoy a variety of traditional Sharbat as well as a tourist attraction for visitors at Lok Virsa.
Dr Fouzia said that on daily basis thousands of people were visiting Lok Virsa, adding that especially on Saturday and Sunday most visitors came from across the country to enjoy a tour of the Heritage Museum.–APP

9th National exhibition to be held at PNCA from 19th

ISLAMABAD: Two-month long 9th National Exhibition would be held here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts National Art Gallery from December 19.  
Prior to the big event, PNCA organized a series of regional exhibitions representing all provinces which were given relevant context according to the cultural heritage of the land.
The reoccurring theme of culture connects the work of artists from different regions, as it becomes a point of intersection for people itself.
An official of PNCA told this agency that the exhibitions represented the land, life, people and the cultural diversity of Pakistan which culminated into National Exhibition as the work for National Exhibition was selected by competent committees from all regional exhibitions.
The exhibition includes works of almost 500 artists from all over Pakistan, in the first National Exhibition being held in the new building.–APP
Artists have used broad spectrum of formats and techniques including painting, sculpture, calligraphy, photography, miniature installations and videos.  
The contemporary art from Pakistan have lately witnessed a few very significant international breakthroughs that has put Pakistani art in a respectable and sought-after slot internationally. The art institutions in this regard have played an integral part in grooming new talent, equipped with intimate knowledge and tools (both traditional and contemporary) who are producing works of high caliber alongside their established counterparts and continuously making the realm of art more exciting. 
To sum it up, the exhibition display highly diversified range of experimentation both in two-dimensional work, and other works including sculpture, installations and videos. It is hoped that the work will generate dialogue, discussion and creative discourse as the purpose of this exhibition is to stimulate the artist’s mind, open new horizons and promote arts and culture through this national platform.
This year, paying tribute to Iqbal Jafri, Mian Aijazul Huassan, Colin David, Saeed Akhtar, Ahmed Khan, Zulqurnain Haider, Mansur Rahi, Basheer Ahmed and Hajra Mansoor is going to be the highlight of the National Exhibition. These artists are the Icons of Pakistani art and have contributed their best to the promotion of art in Pakistan.
Appreciation also extends to the selection committees and to colleagues from different regions who have contributed both directly and indirectly for making the event possible.
The exhibition will continue till February 2018.

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