The 66th Independence Day at University of Peshawar was marked with a variety of functions. The day started with Khatmul Quran in the main administration block whereafter Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan hoisted the national flag in front of Convocation Hall.
The main function of the day was held at the Convocation Hall where students of University of Peshawar and its constituent institutes University Model School, University Public School, University College for Boys and College of Home Economics showed an impressive display of national songs, tablos besides sharing their thoughts about the value of independence in a speech competition arranged in connection with the day.
The 66th Anniversary cake cutting ceremony was held at Pakistan Study Centre. The Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan was the chief guest there. He also inaugurated the book exhibition arranged in the centre comprising collection of rare pieces written on independence movement by various authors across the globe.
Addressing the main function the Vice Chancellor said that this country has given us enormous respect and honour and now it was time to give it back by serving towards its prosperity. This he said was important for an overall national growth and solution to the present turmoil.
The Vice Chancellor underscored that although we were physically independent but steps were needed to get economic independence and self sufficiency to avert internal and external threats. He urged the students to contribute towards national development by acquiring excellent education and avoid difference on the basis ethnicity or sects. Pakistan has seen many bad days in the past three decades and now it’s time to rise and show the world that we are the most resilient nation on earth, he said.
A country with 45% population as youth had all the potential to thrive provided the human resource capital is trained and developed, said Director Pakistan Study Centre Prof. Dr. Fakhr ul Islam while talking as key note speaker. He added Pakistan is the number one Philanthropist country of the world and can manage crisis situations through solidarity.
Ms. Iffat of University Model School got first position for her excellent patriotic speech in English Zehra of the same school stood first in urdu speeches. They were awarded with prizes.
It is worth mentioning here that Independence Day function was also arranged at Bara Gali summer campus of UoP which included flag hoisting and picture exhibition on the story of Pakistan.