Lahore, December 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Government College University Lahore formed a new society, SOCH, to study and represent the multiple cultures within their society. Prof. Pervaiz Vandal, a renowned architect and pro-Vice Chancellor of Institute for Art and Culture, chaired the launching ceremony of SOCH which stands for the Society of Culture and Heritage.
Addressing the ceremony, eminent novelist Prof Mirza Ather Baig highlighted the deep contradictions between the academic culture practiced in their educational institutions and the cultural systems of signification prevalent in their society. He said this state of affairs hampered the processes of learning, creativity and education.
Prof Baig, who is also the chairman of GCU Societies Board, said that the objectives of SOCH were divided in three categories i.e. conceptual, exploratory and per-formative. “The first category is to have intellectual discourse, second to explore the indigenous heritage and in the third category, this society will encourage students to perform folk culture, singing, theater and music,” he concluded.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Pervaiz Vandal said that it was very unfortunate that the quest for knowledge was suppressed in their society. “We don’t let our children to question us which is wrong,” he added. He lauded the societies system of GCU Lahore which let students to deliberate upon issues which were not generally discussed in classes. He also explained the significance of multicultural society of Pakistan. He maintained that coming back to culture and heritage led one to a better life.
Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said the diverse cultural milieu at the GCU was an off-shoot of more than 55 societies and clubs jointly run by the students and the staff advisors i.e. faculty members. He said different reputed educational institutions had replicated this decades-old societies system of Government College Lahore which played effective role in personality development and character building of students. He hoped that SOCH would work to achieve the objectives envisioned by its founders. SOCH Advisor Mr. Aasim H. Lodhi also addressed the ceremony.
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