Islamabad: International Islamic University’s 26th cultural week which provided a platform for bringing dozens of cultures in capital, concluded here at Faisal Mosque campus of IIUI with a prize a distribution ceremony.
Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, addressing the ceremony, said provision of quality education and best educational facilities was top priority of government. “IIUI is one of the institutions which are prime focus of the government, and soon university would become a leading, renowned global educational institution across the globe” he added.
He stressed upon students to revive the Muslim legacy of knowledge by working hard and taking interest in modern advancements. Deputy Speaker assured that NA standing committee on education would soon visit the university and work for solution of its problems.
In the ceremony, overjoyed student audience and distinguished guests along with top IIUI officials enjoyed the documentary which contained a summary of the event. According to results of the mega event, international exhibition was won by Afghanistan, Chinese who had been witnessed performing famous lion dance at their stall in the exhibition, clinched second while the third was grabbed by the Saudi Arabian students. In the Faculty competition of best stall, Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Iqra Centre of IIUI outclassed all the contestants by winning the best stall title while one of the most populated faculties Applied Sciences clinched second and third prize of best faculty stall was given to Shariah and Law students. Best performers of cultural night, Naat Khawani, Qirat, declamation, drama and many other contestants of various events were awarded with prizes and shields in the ceremony. Ceremony was also attended by Thai Ambassador to Pakistan, Ambassador of Oman and various other diplomats.
Addressing the ceremony, Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said prevailing circumstances require dissemination of tolerance and harmony among people and IIUI is key institution which can be utilized to play its role for building peace and stability. “IIUI has potential to provide solutions to the problems of Ummah as it has scholars who can guide government in complex issues” Rector IIUI maintained.
He urged the students to be innovative in their respective fields while saying “good is not enough but excellence is the name of successes, IIUI students can lead the Muslim Ummah towards a way of unity, progress and prosperity”. He added “IIUI is proud of its students”.
President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh said IIUI is an institution of global repute; it can be called face of Pakistan. “ University spread message of love, peace and brotherhood in its 26th cultural week where students of 50 countries brought their cultures on one place in international exhibitions, seminars, sports and many other constructive activities” President IIUI added. He stressed upon students to adopt attitude of moderation and discourage extremism and violence in the society.
Students celebrated their victory in various competitions and vowed to remain more active in activities such as cultural week. “Cultural Week gave me confidence, I had never thought I would win a prize in Naat Khawni” said Syed Muhammad Bilal Shah, a student of media and communication studies while talking to public relations representative of the university.
Dr. Tahir Khalily, students’ advisor who had responsibility to supervise the mega event, said in his speech that hard work of IIUI students, faculty members and administration made the event, a success.
The ceremony was also attended by diplomats and delegates of various countries, Vice President IIUI Dr. Mohammad Bashir Khan and university deans and directors.
At the end, Shields were presented to distinguished guests including Deputy Speaker, Ambassadors, other diplomats of Thailand, Oman, Saudi Arabia and delegates of various countries.