GOC Hyd terms art as powerful tool leading to character building of youth
|GOC Hyderabad seeing painting during exhibition at Arts and Design SU|
Report Ali Murad Chandio : JAMSHORO: General Officer Commanding (GOC) Hyderabad Major General Muhammad Ali on Tuesday has said that the education is an inevitably significant source of development; whereas, art was the most powerful tool to transmit edification and do character-building of the youth of the country. He said that Pakistan had been successful in producing several world class artists like Sadeqain, Ameen Gul Jee, A.R. Nagori and Abdul Rehman Chughtai, despite being in its adolescence, as it was in the 70th year of its age adding that the art was first discovered in Spain some 37 thousand years ago. This he said while addressing the inauguration ceremony of one-day art exhibition highlighting the sacrifices of Pakistan Army rendered on the momentous day of September 6, 1965 and police as well as rangers personnel which was organized by the Institute of Art and Design (IAD), University of Sindh, Jamshoro in collaboration with Pakistan Army 18 Division, Hyderabad at the institute’s premises to commemorate the historic invincible defense day of Pakistan and mark the sacrifices of law enforcement agencies, police and security forces on different times in the country. Major General Ali maintained that he was extremely glad to witness first-hand overflowing patriotic spirit of SU students and faculty coupled with their incomparable passion, penchant and prowess in art and craft. He observed that University of Sindh always afforded him a domestic feel for which he said he would be among the students of the varsity whenever he was invited to come there. “This is my second visit to University of Sindh – the first being on August 14 instant; and I am delighted to admit that both the times, I have found SU students and teachers putting up exemplary show of love for their motherland – Pakistan; I love this passion”, he maintained. He extended profound thanks to the vice chancellor of SU Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat for SU’s all-out support to Pakistan Army’s academic initiatives and engagements, assuring that Pakistan Army too, at its end, would always be more glad to assist University of Sindh in its academic and research activities. GOC Major General Ali further said that it marveled him to behold the quality and standard of the paintings prepared by the students of the institute, as he found them no way lesser than the work produced by art icons anywhere else in the country and abroad. On the occasion, Mrs. Muhammad Ali, in her views said that she had come to participate in the event with her spouse with the specific objective of interacting with female students and faculty, to get to know both better, foster further bond and to encourage, integrate and mainstream female segment of students to all academic, research and professional endeavor that were to take place at the varsity and outside. Mrs. Ali stated that she was highly pleased to see robust and brimful patriotism of SU students as expressed in their work and word. She eulogized particularly the way SU students had grasped sacrifices of each individual martyr of the personnel of military, police and other law enforcement in national history and the depth of love for Pakistan that was visible in each work. Earlier, GOC Hyderabad along with his spouse inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of SU Registrar Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Chandio who represented the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat who is in Saudi Arabia for performing hajj. Among others, Brigadier Irfan Arshad, other high-rank military officers, Pro-Vice-Chancellors of various campuses Muhammad Nawaz Narejo, Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi, Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, Dean Faculty of Arts Prof. Dr. Syed Jawed Iqbal, Dean Faculty of Islamic Studies Dr. Anwar Ali Khan, Institute’s Incharge Director Prof. Naimatullah Khilji, senior faculty of the institute Saeed Ahmed Mangi, Prof. Ghulam Ali Buriro, Dr. Akber Mahesar, Dr. Arbeela Agha and a horde of students also participated in the event. Later, GOC Major General Muhammad Ali beheld the paintings, posters and artworks sketched by the students, displayed at Banazir Art Gallery of the institute under the theme “Defence Day of Pakistan and Martyrs of the Personnel of Security Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and Police”. Major General Ali spent sufficient enough time in viewing each work projected, seeking details of the artwork from the originating student artist, discussing its various facets and complimenting each artisan upon his/ her exceptional talent. The art exhibition featured paintings, posters, sketches and portraits underlining various episodes, and incidents of valor, courage, sacrifice and bravery of Pakistan armed forces for the past 70 years. Towards the end, prizes in various categories were given away to those whose works ranked among top 3. In painting category Rajab Charan, Ume Rubab and Muhammad Ali Supro were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize respectively; whereas, in sketch category Sajjad Jaffer, Gul-e-Meena and Kinza Laghari grabbed the prizes. In addition, 3 prizes to Shahzeb Jhatial, Waqar Hussain and Rauf Abbas were given away under poster category. Moreover, consolation and special prizes were also given to a few student artists. On the occasion, Prof of Institute of Art & Design and young artist Saeed Ahmed Mangi handed over the picture of Major General Ali to him which was sketched and painted by the artist himself.