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Lecture on “Iqbal & Young Generation”

Department of Persian, Iqbal Society celebrated Iqbal’s 137th birthday on Wednesday 27th Nov 2013. Professor Dr. Muhammad Nasir (Ph.D Tehran Post Doc. Cambridge) from oriental college, Punjab University was the Speaker Guest. Among other honorable guests included chief guest Mrs Naushaba Farooq, Registrar, LCWU and Director Institute of Languages & Cultures, Mrs Riffat Saqlain Dean Social Sciences and Head of Economics Department, Mrs.Mubina Ali Head of Pakistan Studies Department, Mrs. Samina Head of Punjabi Department.

The function was started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Amna Batool (BS III). Dr Nasir in his address invited the audience’s attention to the learning of Persian language for the understanding of Iqbal’s message. He explained in very simple words Iqbal’s reknowned “Falsfa Khudi” that it is just to have knowledge of one’s inner self, inner potentialities and the right way and direction of their usage. Conveying Iqbal’s massage to the new generation Dr.Nasir said that Muslim women should follow Hazrat Fatima’s (Alaih-i-Salam) life as a role model and lead a simple but ambitious life. Students as well as faculty members asked various questions related to Iqbal’s thinking and Dr. Nasir answered and satisfied them in a very impressive way. Mrs. Naushaba in her address admired the lecture and the effort of the Persian Department for the promotion of Iqbal’s ideology among new generation. Dr.S.Faleeha Zahra Kazmi thanked the Chief Guest, Guest Speaker and other honorable guests and presented beautiful bouquets to them.

Ameer Khusrow & National Harmony

Persian Department’s Iqbal Society arranged a “Mehfil-e-Samaa” to pay tribute to Ameer Khusrow a famous mystic Persian, Urdu poet of Sub-Continent. Samaa is a term for singing mystical poetry with specific musical instruments (i.e. Tabla, Harmonium etc) in a specific manner called Qawali. The singer is called Qawwal. Chief Guest of the function was Mrs. Asma Mamdot (MNA Muslim League N). Worthy Dr.Sabiha Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, Mrs. Sheeren Asad (Director Student Affairs) also graced the function with their presence.

The function was started with introduction of Amir Khusrow presented through a documentary by Miss Amber Zulfiqar. Students of Persian department also performed of Amir Khusrow’s folk poetry. A Qawali was also presented in this function and the Qawwal was Mr.Nadeem Jameel. Qawwal & his partners/Co-signers really brought a feeling of Samaa and everybody enjoyed it. Mrs.Asma Mamdot in her addressed praised the function. In the end Dr.S.Faleeha Zahra Kazmi head f Persian department thanked the honorable guests and presented beautiful bouquets.

Lecture on Mysticism

Department of Persian arranged a lecture on "Mysticism" by Mr.Sarfraz Ali Shah on 13th September Friday 2013. Mr. Sarfraz Ali Shah is a renowned Mystic as well as intellectual. He is the author of three books on mysticism named Faqeer, Faqeer Rang and Faqeer Nagri. As mysticism is a part of syllabai in Persian discipline, so this lecture was arranged to introduce the students to a mystic of our current life.

The program was started with recitation of holy Quran by Wajeeha Batool student of BS VII. Hira Gillani student of BS VII introduced the honorable guest to the students and teachers. Students and teachers asked various questions in their minds regarding the topic and Mr.Sarfraz Ali Shah made their confusions clear in a very soft and sophisticate manner.

In the end Dr. S. Faleeha Zahra Kazmi head of Persian Department thanked the honorable guest and presented beautiful bouquet to Mr. Sarfraz Ali Shah. Tea was also arranged for the honorable guest and staff members. 

A Tribute to Allama Iqbal and Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Persian Department organized introductory session of the book titled “Pyam-e-Mashriq” by “Allama Iqbal” and translated in Urdu by “Faiz Ahmad Faiz” and republished by “Ali Hashmi” grandson of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The function was started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Amna Batool student of B.S II.

Dr. Sabiha Mansoor Vice Chancellor of LCWU, Prof. Naushaba Farooq Dean Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Dr. Ali Hashmi grandson of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Dr. Abbas Famoori Director General Iran Cultural Centre Lahore, were the special guests of the ceremony and  Ms. Salima Hashmi Health Minister Govt. of Punjab was the chief guest of the program. Students of semester viii & vi presented Iqbal & Faiz’s poetry which was very much liked by the audience. All the honourable guests expressed their views regarding the book.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Sabiha Mansoor appreciated Persian Department for organizing such a great ceremony. Ms. Salima Hashmi also admired the book and appreciated Persian Department’s efforts for organizing this ceremony and shared her father’s life with audience. Dr. Ali Hashmi said that this book is a precious gift for Iqbal & Faiz lovers.

In the end Dr. Faleeha Zahra Kazmi thanked all the honourable guests and presented bouquets to the special guests.

Tribute to Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabbasum


Persian Department arranged a musical & literary function to pay tribute to Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum the great Persian, Urdu and Punjabi poet and former Head of Persian Department GCU Lahore and founder of 1st Iran Cultural Centre, Lahore. Dr. Khaliq-ur- Rehman Vice Chancellor GCU was the chief guest. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor Vice Chancellor LCWU, Prof.Naushaba Farooq registrar LCWU, Mr. Bani Asadi Council General of Iran in Lahore, Mr. Sultani Director General Iran Culture Centre Lahore, Dr. Iqbal Saqib Assistant Professor GCU Lahore, and Dr. Fouzia Tabassum Granddaughter of Sufi Tabassum Associate Professor Zoology Department Punjab University Lahore were the other honorable guests. The function was started with recitation of Holy Quran then Dr.Sabiha Mansoor welcomed the honorable guests.

Ms.Amber of Persian Department presented documentary film about life and works of Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum it also included tributary massages of Dr. Sabiha Mansoor Mrs. Naushaba Farooq and Dr.Fouzia Tabassum.Dr. Zaheer Ahmed Siddiqui and Dr. Fouzia Tabassum in their addresses threw light on his life and works and also shared some memories related to him. The audience also enjoyed Sufi Tabbasum’s poetry presented by the students of BS ii and musician Ustad Inayat. Iranian guests Mr. Bani Asadi & Mr.Sultani not only appreciated his services towards Persian language but also emphasized on spreading the message of peace & love presented by different Persian poets throughout the centuries like sheikh Abu-ul- Saeed Abu-ul-Khair, Mulana Room, Hafiz Sherazi & Allama Iqbal. Dr. Khaliq-ur- Rehman in his address paid tribute to Sufi Tabassum and appreciated Persian Department LCWU’s efforts for commemorating great teacher & poet Sufi Tabassum. He also assured for all kinds of cooperation to Persian Department LCWU for organizing such events in future as well.

In the end Dr. S. Faleeha Zahra Kazmi Head of Persian Department thanked the honorable guests and presented bouquets to them.

1st Ever Persian Drama in LCWU

Persian department L.C.W.U 1st time organized and presented a Persian drama titled “Majlis-e-Ayadat organized by Dr. Shahida Alam Asst. Professor Persian Department. Story of the drama was based on Iran’s famous modern writer Mohammad Hijazi’s short story “Majlis-e-Ayadat”.

Students of Persian Department Nida Ali Ghazi, Anam Taj Din, Hira Gillani, Maryam Munir, Wajeeha Batool, Ayesha Sikandar, Mavra Khan, Qurat-ul-Ain Amir, Rabia Asif & Samana Imran participated in the play. Theme of the play was to correct one’s own character instead of blaming and criticizing others.

The play was presented at LCWU auditorium before a huge audience & was very much appreciated. Dr. Faleeha Kazmi Head of Persian Department has shown her commitment been up such activities & present more informative, recreation based programs in future as well so that student may take part in extra-curricular activities & their hidden qualities may come forth.

Persian Poetry recitation competition

A Persian poetry recitation competition was held in Persian department on 6th March 2013. Students of Persian major from BS IV, VI& VIII participated in the competition. Mrs. Riffat Saqlain, Dean LCWU was the chief guest Dr. Surraya, Chief Proctor LCWU was also invited. Dr. Naseem Akhtar, Ex Professor & Chairperson Persian Department Oriental College, University of the Punjab, Dr. Mrs. Humaira Babar, Head of Urdu Department LCWU Mrs. Samina Arifa Incharge Academmic Wing Iran Culture Centre were the Judges of this competition. Comparing of the function was performed by Miss Maria Umar.

The function was started with recitation of Holy Quran then following students participated and recited the poetry mentioned before their names:

1. Rabia Asif (IV Semester)
(By Ghalib) آزادگی است سازی اما صداندارد
2. Amna Azam (VIII Semester)
(By Iraqi Hamdani) مراجز عشق توجانی نمی بینم نمی بینم
3. Maryam Munir and Anum Taj Din (VI Semester)
(Poetry of Iqbal with Translation by Faiz Ahmed Faiz)عقلی کہ جہان سوزد یک جلوہ بیباکش
4. Syeda Shirin Zehra Naqvi (IV Semester) 
یارب درون سینہ دل با خبربدہ    
دربار دہ نشہ رانگرم آن نظربدہ  (By Hafiz Shirazi)

5. Syeda Hira Gillani ( VI Semester)  
دلبر جانان من،برد دل و جان من
برد دل و جان من، دلبر جانان من (By Hafiz Shirazi)
6. Aysha Sikandar and Mavra Khan (VI Semester)
صورت نپرستم من بت خانہ شکستم من
آن سیل سبک سیرم ھربند گستم من (By Iqbal)  
7. Wajiha Batool (VI Semester)
مثنوای دوست کہ غیراز تو مرا یاری ھست (By Saadi)

“Hafiz Sherazi's Ideology on Ishq”

Prof. Dr. Nasreen Akhtar, retired professor head of Persian Department, Principal Oriental College Punjab University, author of various books in Persian literature, delivered her lecture titled Hafiz’s ideology of ishq.

The programme started with recitation of holy Quran by Amna Batool student of B.S 2 then Miss Sara Bukhari introduced the honorable guest to the students. Later on Dr. Nasreen Akhtar delivered a comprehensive lecture on the topic whereby she elaborated that the ishq in hafiz’s lyrics is so mixed with divine ishq that it can’t be aparted that’s why it is said that saint and drinker dance alike on the lyrics of hafiz however use of vine in his poetry is just symbol of divine ishq otherwise in his whole life he never drunk.

At the end students were invited to ask questions and she remarkably answered and enlightened the minds of the whole audience. Dr.S. Faleeha Zahra Kazmi head of Persian Department thanked the honorable guest and presented a beautiful bouquet to Dr. Nasreen Akhtar on the behalf of Persian department.

International Seminar “Role of Calligraphy in Culture & Heritage”

A seminar aimed at promoting calligraphy was arranged at Persian department of Lahore College for Women University on Thursday, 27th oct.2012.

Many honorable guests like, (vice Chancellor of. L.c.w.u Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, Director General of Iran cultural center Dr. Abbas Ali Famori, Head of Persian department Dr. Faleeha Kazmi, Dean Prof. Naushaba Farooq, President PCHIS Mr. Muhammad Ali Jaferi, Deputy Secretary Department of cultural heritage Punjab Ms.Nighat Ch, and Registrar Dr. Silviya Benjamin) participated in the seminar titled “Role of Calligraphy in Cultural & Heritage”.

The well-known calligraphist Aslam Kamal was also invited, who delivered a lecture about the impact of calligraphy on Islamic Heritage. Vice Chancellor of LCWU said that the foundation of Iranology centre in LCWU is an example of friendship between Pakistan and Iran.

Director General of Iran Cultural Centre, Abbas Ali Famori said in his speech that the cultural heritage of Pakistan is same as of Iran and I feel that Lahore and Tehran are same cities due to their cultural heritage.

The head of Persian department Dr. Faleeha Kazmi also said in her address that through the lecture of Aslam Kamal the importance of calligraphy is emerged and we will start a short course on calligraphy with coordination of fine arts department.

Visit of Director Iran Pakistan in Iranology Centre

Mr. Qeharman Sulemani (Director Iran-Pakistan Institute of Persian studies, Islamabad), visited Persian department LCWU along with his wife Khanum Bayat a famous Persian short story writer. Mr. Qeharman Sulemani addressed the students of Persian department and highlighted the role of Institute in promoting Persian Language and Literature in Pakistan.

He also insured that the institute will encourage and support the students as well as the faculty members in their research project. He invited Persian department and the students to visit the Iran-Pakistan institute of Persian studies in Islamabad. Khanam Bayat also addressed the students and discussed about the evolution of Persian short stories in the last few decades.
In the end Mrs. Noushaba Farooq Dean Language and Culture thanks the honor able guests for visit and presented them beautiful bouquet.

Iqbal Day

Iqbal day was held in Lahore College for Women University Lahore on 21-11-2012 with coordination of Persian, Urdu & English department Mr. Ahmed Rafique, Famous scholar was invited as Chief guest topic of the day was “اقبال اور نژاد نو “(Iqbal & new generation The program was started with recitation of Holy Quran by Amna Batool student of BS 2 Persian then Dr. Faleeha Kazmi, Head of Persian Department welcomed the honor able guest and introduce him with audience she also presented Iqbal’s poetry from his book “ Asrar-e-Khudi ” .
Dr. Humaira, Head of Urdu Department also welcomed and thank honor able guest. Prof. Rafique Ahmed, keeping in views the topic of the day delivered a lecture and invited the students to understanding of Holy Quran. In the end Prof. Noushaba Farooq, Director Institute of Languages & Culture thanked the honor able guest and presented him a beautiful bouquet.

Lecture of Iranian Professor Dr. Bajwand

Professor Bajwand, a scholar from the University of Science and technology, Tehran delivered a special lecture at Iranology center Lahore College for Women University, Lahore on Friday. He said that Pakistan and Iran have a common heritage in literature and culture can cooperate in many academic areas like technology, literature, art and research.

He further said that student exchange program can increase cooperation in academics Saadi Sherazi and Allama Muhammad Iqbal are equally popular in both brother countries. Prof. Bajwand said that Iranian government is taking steps to take women in all fields of life and are known atomic scientist in Iran is a lady. He highlighted the literacy work of Sheikh Saadi Sherazi and answered the questions from students.

Mrs. Riffat Saqlain, Dean of arts, Noushaba Farooq, project Director Iranology Center Faleeha Kazmi, faculty members and students of the Persian Department were also present on this occasion. Project Director Iranology Centre Faleeha Kazmi said that it is the first event by our Centre. She added that the Centre will establish a strong bond between the two nations i.e., Iran and Pakistan. There has been an extraordinary plan of Lahore College for Women University, Lahore in Iran through the Iranology center. It has developed an active collaboration between Iranian Universities and Lahore College, the largest Women University in Asia having ten thousand students.

Iranology Centre was established last month and the main purpose of the creation of the library-cum-seminar room in the Centre is to provide approach to young women graduates and library scholars to Persian language and literature. It is also functioning to familiarize them with the rich culture and traditions of Iran. The has a computer lab, a LCD TV, a water dispenser, tiles (imported from Mashhad, Iran) and furniture and fixture by the Iran government.

Inauguration of Iranology Centre

On Wednesday 22nd February Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa inaugurated the Iranology Centre and Language Laboratory at the Lahore College for Women University, Lahore.

Iranian counsel general in Lahore M. Hussain Bani Asadi, Iranian cultural Centre director general Dr. Abbas Famoori, Governor of Punjab Sardar Latif Khan Khosa and Vice Chancellor LCWU, Lahore Dr. Sabiha Mansoor spoke on the occasion.

Vice chancellor said the Persian department is one of the oldest departments of our university. This important of this department has justified its existence in universities and contributed to its growth. The development has produced prominent scholars like Dr. Arfa Syeda, Ms. Kishwar Nabeed and Ms. Shabana Shakeel who have enhanced its statistics and status. She preheated flow less efforts of Dr.S. Faleeha Zahra Kazmi who is project director of Iranology Centre.

Iqbal’s Poetry recitation Competition

Iran Culture Centre organized a competition on recitation of Iqbal’s poetry to observe Iqbal’s day on 21st Nov, 2009. A group of students from LCWU, Lahore visited Iran Culture Centre and participated in the Iqbal’s day celebration.

Many colleges and universities participated in this recitation competition from all over Lahore. The following students participated in the competition from LCWU, Lahore.

1.    Syeda Fiza Batool    BS (Hons) Persian
2.    Wameeza Rabani    BS (Hons) Persian
3.    Syeda Qurat–ul–Ain    BS (Hons) Persian
4.    Irfa Farooqui    FA (Part II)

Our students out numbered other participants with their performance. They secured top positions. Syeda Fiza Batool, Wameeza Rabani and Syeda Qurat–ul–ain stood first in their group and Irfa Farooqui secured third position.