an interesting discovery

Punjab University Lahore is one of the oldest institutions in Pakistan. I spent 2 interesting years there during my MBA and I have to say it was really fun. I haven’t seen any other place where you find beautiful lawns, flowers all around (you can find almost every other variety), fish forms, honey bee fields and not to mention each campus has its own unique architecture. Its such a huge university that one can spend all day wandering around and chances are that you will still miss out some really interesting areas.

Yesterday on my way back home from work, while the traffic was blocked on canal and in search of a short-cut to reach Wahdat Road, I entered PU and accidently discovered Sheikh Zaid Center for Islamic Studies. Now this can easily be one of the most beautiful educational buildings that I have seen. It’s funny that during two years of my time in PU, I never noticed this building although its located very close to IBA (where I studied). Probably because the entire campus has huge trees all around it and its not visible unless you enter its main gate.

The architect is definitely inspired by Mughal architecture and has almost re-created something close.


Here are a few more pictures that I took inside and around Sheikh Zaid Center for Islamic Studies.




Amazingly, this tree looks exactly the same as the one we used to have in my Nana’s Haveli

The vegetable farms :)

Not sure what are these for. There was no one around whom I could have asked.


10 Comments so far

  1. Cameo Iccoca (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

    Looks like a nice place to study, its the new campus i presume, one observation though , Why are there no students around ???

  2. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    This place truly has the capability and potential to become a University of International repute. Alas, some people & other factors have always kept it far behind from real progress and growth…

    But things are getting better, indeed. For my part, I can say that today’s Punjab University’s better than the one I joined three years back.

    There’s a lot of new construction going on, development of new centres of research & learning can be seen around, and a continued free & peaceful learning environment is being maintained despite all it’s draw backs, which, Inshallah, all be eliminated soon.

  3. hillbilly (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 12:23 am

    Hey what’s the last picture? Is it grave of some shaheed student or professor who took a stray bullet in a crossfire between student unions.

  4. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

    it was 6 pm and i think they dont have evening classes at the moment. besides this is for higher education (PhD i guess) and there are very few students enrolled anyways :)

    hasan, i agree with you. assuming you are in mass communication deptt, you can see jus in front of you the new IBA campus which is brilliant. hamare paise se bana hai :D

    about the last pic, i am not sure what it is but i just found it interesting enuf. but hey, days of unions and other blah blah are no more. there was not a single day when we had any interference or a class cancelled which is quite amazing keeping in mind the past history

  5. momekh (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 12:04 am

    it IS beautiful. great pics darwaish. and the last pic, that is probably a mound of hay! A lot of land in PU presumably is cultivated every year, with Wheat being on of the crops. While the mound is definitely not a grave(!!) it is a mound of hay plastered with wet clay which then of course dries up and forms a thick wall-like protection for the hay, which the cultivators later sell or use… :)

    and wonder what they Center of Islamic Studies is offering as far as course work goes. If the faculty is half as good as the buildings, I’d say this institute requies more ‘coverage’… but all in all, a fantastic discovery m’man, for I for one, will check it out :)

  6. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 1:41 am

    Hey, I’m in IBIT, not Mass Communication. Yeah, IBA seems to have great plans for future…

    I do too agree with Darwaish; those bad ol’ days are gone. We had never had a single Union, Protest or disruption at our place…

  7. sara (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 1:48 am

    hey i know a similar tree from my childhood too. great pics

    and the last picture is of a ‘teela’ (can’t remember an appropriate english word for it) often found in villages

  8. sabizak (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 3:16 am

    i love PU and these were some real nice pictures. I also love the fact that its on the canal and during the rainy or foggy season the whole scenery is just absolutely breathtaking.
    I too would like to add my two cents here. I was in the English Department for two years and had the best Literature teachers in Lahore in that department and never a missed class or anything, although I must say the Jamiat used to bug us from time to time but not too frequently. We also held a demo against them once (girls only). That was fun

  9. Ayesha (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 1:49 am

    this is indeed one of the most beautiful educational places. Can anyone tell us what kind of courses being offerede there? I would love to be there for a semester or so.

    and speaking of PU, which in my view has some of the best teachers in Pakistan. i have been there when Jamiat used to interfere in almost every matter. we were sick of them since they were not at all interested in any kind of education but their own political agenda. i am glad they have been thrown out once and for all from my beloved PU.

    thank you for bringing back memories of good ol days :)

  10. amna (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    wow i really didn’t expect pak. campuses to be that nice, i think pakistan is not promoted enough to show it’s offerings and sights to the world in general.There are good and crap parts in all places but it’s about higlighting the best stuff …like India, Dubai, ..what’s shown in the media is mostly the wow factors…..

    btw its really good photography…i love the 1st pic …amazing


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