RAWALPINDI - The closing ceremony of three-day “Stone Craving” workshop was held at the National College of Arts (NCA) here here on Thursday.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rashid Mehmood was the chief guest on the occasion whereas Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Managing Director (MD) Capt (retd) Mushtaq Ahmad, NCA Director Nadeem Umar Tarar, Associate Professor Zahid-ul-Haq, Principal NCA Lahore Dr Shabnum and Project Director Punjab Small Industries Ahmad Farooq also attended the concluding ceremony. While addressing the ceremony, DCO Rashid Mahmood said that this initiative by PHA, NCA and PSI to aware the students about old civilization of Gandhara were appreciable.

He said that this would also help in preserving of our ancient culture which has long history. He emphasized that Potohar Region had its roots connected with Gandhara civilization and had rich cultural heritage.

DCO said that when Gandhara Civilization was growing and leading the rest of the world, at that time Europe was far behind and had no concept of modern living.  The other speakers including MD PHA, Director NCA, Associate Professor Zahid-ul-Haq, Principal NCA Lahore and Project Director PSI, said that this workshop would help our students to learn about our old civilization and artisanship of this region and such workshop should be conducted on continuous basis.

Students of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) and NCA Rawalpindi also attended the ceremony. Sara But and Iqra Kiran of FJWU and Basit Ali and Mushtaq Hussain of NCA Rawalpindi were rewarded for their best performance.

The said workshop was organized with the cooperation of special efforts of Secretary PSI Dr Shujaat Ali, PHA Rawalpindi, Taxila Heritage Project, and NCA Rawalpindi.