Diamonds are Forever – Pakistan Leadership Conference 27 to 30 May at UOG
I place high value on this conference. It is an historic moment for us. Today world has grown complex and without skills of living and learning, it is pretty difficult to cope up with life. Communication Skills are at the root of leadership skills. We have invested a huge amount of money in arranging this course where 17 trainers will help 44 students to imbibe essential leadership skills in a heuristic mode; learning by doing things. It is an intensive course workshop, with 12 hours working day w.e.f 27 to 30th May. I am sure you will make the best use of this golden opportunity. Unfortunately we as a nation are in a deep crisis. Lawlessness, bloodshed; terrorism is taking a heavy toll. We need to develop leadership skills of our youth by disseminating tolerance, love, affection and harmony; so as to weld multi-ethnic and multi-lingual communities into a unified nation. These views were expressed by Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin in his keynote address, while chairing the “Pakistan Leadership Conference” 27-30 May 2012,at Hafiz Hayat Campus, University of Gujrat(UOG). The conference and its attendant workshop has been organized by UOG in collaboration with University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), NGO, Global Youth Leadership GYL and Higher Education Commission (HEC). Mr Murtaza Noor of the HEC was the Chief Guest whereas Dr J Thompson Founder of GYL and Dr Melling co-founder of GYL and Director of Center for volunteering and community leadership (UCLAN) were the guests of honour and graced the stage.
Ms Aneesa Rahat Director Student Service Center UOG also accompanied them on the stage. Dr J Thompson from the California University USA detailed the formation of GYL and its activities around the world; serving communities and students. She said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation... It is from numberless diverse act of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Dr Melling in her assertive address emphasized the need for adopting a more proactive pedagogy. She detailed the merits of critical pedagogy pioneered by Paulo Frère a Brazilian who has introduced revolutionary methodologies in learning. She referred to ‘Pedagogy of the oppressed’ by Paulo Frère, as the most liberating pedagogy for the human mind and soul. She said the GYL was working on Frere’s concepts of developing critical consciousness, peer interaction, situational learning and Dialogue as the gateway to consientization.
Mr Murtaza Noor thanked the guests, Vice Chancellor, Registrar and Directors of UOG for managing such an innovative conference. Madam Aneesa Rahat in her vote of thanks; thanked all and sundry for their contribution in making this vital conference a success. Erion Frankin from Los Angeles California University introduced his team of 17 instructors. Besides 44 learners and trainers, Mrs Jehan Ara Nizam, Mr Akram Bhatti (Registrar UOG), Mr Aqeel Tahir Director QEC, Dr Javed Sajjad, Ms Azra Ghani Director A & C, Sheikh Abdul Rashid Director Media & Publications Dept. Prof Humayum Ghauri, Mr Yaqoob Manager ORIC, Prof Nasir Majid Head Dept. of Law, Mr Shahid Minhas, Dr Zahid Yousaf Head of Mass Com Dept. Ms Sidra Sociology Dept. Mr Imran Librarian, Mr Faisal, Mr Saqab and Mr Zahid and Ms Shama were also present among the audience.