Sargodha Literary Festival leaves indelible marks on participants
The largest literary event of the region, Sargodha Literary Festival (SLF-2019) held at University of Sargodha left indelible mark on the minds and hearts of the public and the students through a concluded lecture by Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy on ‘Loving Pakistan; What It Really Means’ and a musical concert.
The last day of the festival was started from a pleasing Q&A session with Acting Chinese Ambassador Lijian Zhao about China’s economic model success and way forward.
Addressing the gathering, Lijian Zhao said China and Pakistan are not friends of fair weather but we are all weather friends. He urged the youth to play their role in taking this relationship to the new heights and getting maximum benefits from the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Lijian Zhao, in response to a question regarding China as global economic leader while having communist system, how it managed the two diverse systems at the same time said that China has strong central governmental system unlike US, UK and Pakistan. He said that economic reforms must precede political reforms and in China, leadership maintained the tradition of central planning and economic decision-making to make quick and effective decisions that must followed by the provincial and local government even without questioning, debating from the opposition.
“China is working for the provision of technical and vocational education which plays a significant role in equipping people with skills necessary for a job in this technological age as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will create enormous employment and business opportunities,” he said while responding to a question.
Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy, a renowned Pakistani Nuclear Physicist and activist said, “Loving Pakistan does not mean to love the land but to having love, care and respect for the rights of every being. Loving Pakistan meant for abiding by rules, paying taxes and understanding the certain role of you as a human being.”
He said that our educational system suffers from inadequate government investment, corruption, lack of institutional capacity, and a poor curriculum that often incites intolerance among the students. Pakistan is spending more on education than many others to have better educational outcomes, he said, adding that this too is insufficient as there is the need to create well-functioning educational institutions suitable for the modern age requirements more than just money and good governance.
During the 3-day spring celebration, thousands of literary enthusiasts soaked up speeches, lectures by renowned authors, scholars, interactive sessions with literati, and enjoyed musical concerts, quiz contests and visual art performances.
The event promoted the passion for reading, writing and critical thinking in students, and to inspire them to take ownership of their literary creativities. The fest was aimed at providing students a forum to interact, exchanging ideas and engaging in dialogues and stressing them out from an intense academic year by creating memories in a cheerful environment.
At the concluding ceremony of the festival popular band and the university music society kept the students spellbound through their voices and rocking performances.