The Higher Education Commission (HEC), and National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Saturday organized ‘An Evening with Rumi’ to feature Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi’s Concept of Divine Love and mark the launching ceremony of Bishnau, a book by Dr Aziz Ali Najam, Provost, SPD, NUMS here at the Commission Secretariat. Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC was chief guest on the occasion while Lt. Gen. Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, Vice Chancellor NUMS was the guest of honour. Both the dignitaries formally launched the book, a news release said.
The ceremony was attended by Dr Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, Sherali S. Jononov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan, renowned literary figure Iftikhar Arif, Lt. Gen. Asif Sukhera, Surgeon General, and a large number of faculty members and students. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said, “I am glad, HEC is hosting the launch of first publication from NUMS. The evening with Rumi is an illuminating and enriching experience taking us back into Rumi’s world”.
He informed the audience that HEC had included a project on Sufism in its Public Sector Development Programme and it plans to set up a Centre of Excellence on Sufism. He regretted that a major reason for increased terrorism was our distance from the real basis of Islam. He also announced to hold a conference on Persian at the Commission Secretariat soon.