LAHORE - Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has lauded Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran for making campus a university in true meaning.

He was addressing laptop distribution ceremony under Prime Minister’s scheme at Faisal Auditorium on Friday. Chairman Higher Education Commission Pakistan Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Member Punjab Assembly Ghazali Saleem Butt, Registrar Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, deans, senior faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the credit of expunging terror and fear from the university went to Dr Mujahid Kamran. He said that he got admission in University Law College but he was not allowed to complete his LLB. He said that he was abducted on his first night in the university in 1982 and was “hosted” very well.

He said that it was not acceptable to impose ban on ideas in the university. He said that autocracy must be condemned and resisted in every shape. He said that the government would completely support Punjab University administration for ensuring discipline on campus and improving standard of education.

The minister said that the laptops were being distributed purely on merit and no quota had been allocated to any ruler. He said that we got federal government at the time when Pakistan was facing serious crisis like many incidents of terrorism were happening, law and order situation was deteriorating in various parts of country and there was serious energy crisis.

But, he said, the PML-N government was strengthening Pakistan and it would brighten the future of the country.

Saad said that our state institutions had broken network of terrorists and they were fighting the enemy who had no address, which was quite difficult. He said that China would invest 45 billion dollars in Pakistan out of which 80 per cent was foreign direct investment. He said that such a huge investment was unprecedented in the history of the country.

He stated Pak-China Economic Corridor would transform the fortune of this country. He said that 10 thousand megawatt electricity would be added to national grid by the end of December 2017. He said that Pakistan Railways was getting Rs45 crore a year but now this year we would collect revenue of 8.5 billion rupees. He said that Pakistan Railways had been completely depoliticised.

He said that Pakistan wanted to play role of arbitrator in Yemen crisis but it would protect Saudi Arabia. He said that people had a misunderstanding that Pakistan would follow the orders in this crisis but Pakistan had emerged as a respectable country. He advised the students to keep an eye on politics and support their political parties.

HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed thanked the government for providing all the funds which the government had committed in the previous year.  He hoped that the government would increase funding of higher education sector in the next budget.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Mujahid Kamran said that students would get benefit from the Prime Minister’s laptop scheme and their access to research and educational material would become easier. He said that the students would play their role in strengthening Pakistan.

Later, Federal Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq distributed 40 laptops among top positions holders of various departments of Punjab University while around 5 thousand laptops would be distributed among PU students from next week.

LECTURE: Punjab University French Department hosted a literary talk in which Professor David Waterman from the University of La Rochelle, France delivered a keynote lecture. Chairperson Dr Saleha Nazeer, faculty members and students were present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Professor David Waterman from the University of La Rochelle elaborated upon the fictional slice-of-life representations provided by the contemporary Pakistani writers who take into account everyday issues, stories of individuals and their families, their joys and sorrows and fears, and place them in the context of the bigger story of Pakistan as a nation – a nation with a long and rich cultural history, which has only been a nation as such for sixty-five years yet has survived despite predictions of its failure.

He maintained that  these narratives of Pakistan must compete in the West with the images, prejudices and stereotypes engendered by political discourse and relayed by the press, generally focusing on Pakistan in terms of strategic security and framing Pakistan as a problematic partner in the so-called war on terror.