GUJRAT - Life in small towns is the real depiction of our culture and a study of evolution of town life leads us towards identifying the nation building and progress, said University of Gujrat Registrar Dr Tahir Aqeel during his address at the concluding session of THAAP Conference 2012 at the university here the other day.

He said that the papers read in all sessions of the four-day Conference on "Life in Small Towns" were valuable and informative and the UoG was playing an important role under visionary leadership of its Vice Chancellor.

The conference was organized by THAAP and University of Gujrat in collaboration with HEC.

THAAP CEO and former principal of NCA Prof Sajida Vandal appreciated the VC for his struggle in elevating the UoG from a mere educational institution to a high institution of learning.

She said that although Gujrat was a small city but the establishment of UoG had changed its fate. She said that small towns were heart of a nation but the government was ignoring them.

The chief guest, Col (r) Muhammad Ilyas, appreciated the UoG's role for the promotion of cultural and social education.

Earlier, Prof Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah presented his paper on the impact of University of Gujrat on history and politics of Gujrat. He said that the new generations studying in UoG will help to change the socio-political scenario of Gujrat and its adjacent areas.

Dr Azhar Mahmood Chaudhary presented a cultural survey of Gujrat in his talk.

He adored his talk by quoting couplets from the poetry of prominent poets of the districts.

In the second session, ODIUM Art Society UoG, lead by Prof Ghaffar Mohiuddin and Haroon Habib, presented a social-reformist play "Naseeban de Doli". Theme of the play was deprivation of girls' share in property.

In the end, a soiree was conducted in which Mian Muhammad Bakhash's famous Saif-ul-Muluk was sung in different tones (rags) and dialects by the local artists including Dr Azhar Mahmood Ch, Ustad Fayyaz Ali Khan, Ch Shabbir Ahmad and Imran Shah.