Urdu wins hearts at grand GUC mushaira in Jeddah

MEMORABLE EVENING: Professor Peerzada Qasim, renowned Pakistan literary figure and former vice chancellor of Karachi University, presents his poetry, with guests, organizers and prominent poets sitting in the background at the event in Jeddah on Thursday. (AN photo)
Updated 15 May 2016
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Urdu wins hearts at grand GUC mushaira in Jeddah

JEDDAH: The newly established, Gulf Urdu Council (GUC), a literary group for the promotion of Urdu in the Gulf states, held a grand mushaira in Jeddah on Thursday.

Well-known Urdu poets from the Gulf states were invited to display their poetic skills to the Urdu-speaking expatriate community in Jeddah.
The architect of the GUC event in Jeddah was Mahtab Qadr who came in for effusive praise for organizing a particularly enjoyable evening.
Professor Peerzada Qasim, renowned Pakistan literary figure and former vice chancellor of Karachi University, was the star attraction.
India’s Professor Irtiza Karim, director of the National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language, was the chief guest while US-based poet Khalid Irfan was the guest of honor.
Mir Firasat Ali Khusrow moderated the session, which was attended by a large number of Urdu lovers from India and Pakistan; all were eager to listen to some of the greatest poets in the region.
The event began with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Qari Mohammed Noor.
Everyone’s heart gripped with emotions as a “naat” in praise of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was presented by Nawaz Janjua, who presented, in his unique style, the last portions of Allama Iqbal’s “Jawab-e-Shikwa.”
In his welcoming remarks, GUC Secretary Mahtab Qadr thanked all the poets for coming to Jeddah from all over the Gulf and for giving the Urdu-speaking community an opportunity to listen to good poetry.
Stressing the need to further boost the language in the Kingdom, he called on local literary groups in Jeddah to focus on talented young poets from the GCC and to invite them regularly to local functions.
Peerzada Qasim, who came especially from Karachi to attend the mushaira, enthralled the audience when he read both some old and more couplets in his unique melodic style. There was an outburst of praise and appreciation from the audience when he read his famous “Ik dia bujha huwa” ghazal at the special request of his fans.
Earlier, he applauded Mahtab Qadr and his team and the august members of the audience for sitting until midnight and making the event a grand success.
“GUC invited me to this festival by letter and I accepted the invitation immediately,” he said. He said that he was pleased to see both Indian and Pakistani poets presenting their poetry from a united platform, adding that Urdu can be promoted swiftly only through joint efforts which is exactly what the GUC is doing.
Mushaira coordinator Bader Ansari enthusiastically praised the high quality of the mushaira.
US-based poet Khalid Irfan entertained the audience with his humorous poetry in typical “Dilawar Figar style.” There were uproars of laughter during his sarcastic portrayal of corrupt politicians.
Senior poets from Jeddah, Naeem Bazidpuri and Aalami Urdu Markaz President Ather Nafees Abbasi presented classic couplets and received great appreciation from the audience. Bazidpuri in particular brought the house down with superior craft.
Others who presented their poetry included Sohail Saquib (Dammam), Nasir Burni (Yanbu), Dr. Ashfaq Nasir (Abha), Nadeem Mahir (Qatar), Sadaaqat Tirmizi (Kuwait), Mahtab Qadr (Jeddah), Firasat Ali Khusrow (Riyadh) and Faisal Tufail (Jeddah).
The candle-lighting ceremony was conducted by Tahseemul Haq Haqqi, welfare attaché at the Pakistani Consulate, and Ahmeduddin Owaisi, president, Bazm-e-Ittehad.
Awards were given to senior poets, including Peerzada Qasim (Qidwai Award), Khalid Irfan (Nazir Qidwai Award), Naeem Bazidpuri (Ahmed Jamaal Sadiq Award), Ashfaq Nasir (Ataullah Farooqi Award), Mir Firasat Ali Khusrow (Abdullah Abbas Nadwi Award), Sohail Saquib (Zaka Siddique Award), Athar Nafees Abbasi (Musliuddin Sadi Award), Nadim Mahir (Adnan Siddique Award), Sadaaqat Tirmizi (Baykas Nawaz Shariq Award), Ishham Syed (Abdullah Nazir Award), Nasir Burni (Itimaad Siddique Award), Mahtab Qadar (Shakeeb Arab Award), Altaf Shahryar (Zafar Mehdi Award) and Faisal Tufail (Prof. Noor Ahmed Award).


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.