Halqa-e Danish Begins the Academic Year with a New Vision
In-line with the literary interests and demands of the student community at LUMS, Halqa-e Dānish has involved the students in planning and conducting its activities. A ten-member Executive Council of students and a six-member General-Body has been selected, which will work in close coordination with the Halqa faculty council to incorporate students’ literary interests in the Halqa sessions while simultaneously maintain highest literary standards.
A significant aim of the student and faculty council will be to involve and engage students from diverse academic interests and backgrounds in the activities of the Halqa.
The Executive Student Council and the General Body enthusiastically participated with the Gurmani Centre faculty to plan the topics and themes of the Halqa sessions for the Fall Semester. Two sessions have been exclusively dedicated to literary pieces produced by students, who will present and discuss their poetry, prose and other writings. One session is planned with “LUMS Reads.” Other sessions will be held on: Amīr Khusrow, Humour in Urdu Literature, Journalistic Writing, Allama Muhammad Iqbāl, Marsīya and Theatre and Literature. An exclusive seminar on modern Urdu poet Meeraji will be held by the Centre to celebrate the poet’s centennial.
The Student Executive Council includes General Secretary Mahboob Mohsin, Marketing Representative Mahnoor Khan, and amongst the Student Relations Representatives: Furqan Ashraf, Fareeha Zafar, M. Reza, Mustafa Khan, and Ayesha Tariq. Mudassir Ali will fill in as the Research and Writing Representative (Urdu) meanwhile Noor Habib will handle Research and Writing of the English side. The organising team has Ahsan Mehmood and Aqeel Ahmad on board.
The General-Body includes: Maryam Khakan, Umar Tariq, Danyal Hasnain, Syeda Farheen, Hassan Anjum and Bilal Ahmed. The Faculty Council includes: Yasmeen Hameed (Coordinator Gurmani Centre), Dr. Ali Qasmi and Madiha Shaukat.
After the first session with “LUMS Reads” on Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, the sessions would be held weekly from Friday, September 28 to Friday, November, 28 2012 from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. in the Khalid Ishaque Wing of the LUMS Library.
It is hoped that with students’ participation, suggestions and creative initiatives, the Halqa-e Danish at LUMS will see a very successful and rewarding year in promoting literature and literary activities within the LUMS community as well as outside it.