PESHAWAR, Feb. 4: A science and culture exhibition was held here at the Frontier College for Women, in which participants from seven girls’ colleges from around the city presented projects in the fields of physics, botany, chemistry, zoology and home economics.
Students from Government Girls Degree College (GGDC) Hayatabad, GGDC Bacha Khan, GGDC Chagar Matti, Government City Girls College Gulbahar, GGDC Mathra, Government Girls College Gulshan Rehman Colony and Government Frontier College for Women took part in the exhibition.
The event was organized in order to motivate students towards research in the fields of science and technology in addition to promoting healthy competition among them.
On the side of physics, students presented projects portraying application of classical mechanics by displaying prototypes of a hydraulic bridge, hydraulic car elevator, mechanical pendulum clock, wave machine and another prototype presenting gravity in the solar system. Students also presented projects related to polyester formation, chemically enhanced beauty and synthetic fibres in the subject of chemistry.
Students interested in the fields of botany and zoology presented projects regarding plant succession, growth hormone production and cloning, including cloning of rabbits.
Addressing the event, principal of Frontier College for Women appreciated the efforts of the students. She praised the provincial government for its education friendly policies that had ensured that women had equal access to education.
“The security situation in the province, especially Peshawar, has improved dramatically and its credit goes to the present government. Improvement in the law and order situation is fundamental to promoting education,” she said.
Girls dressed in men’s clothing at the exhibition depicted the traditional hujra of the rural areas. Playing the traditional musical instrument rabab, these students expressed their attachment to the local culture.
A student from GGDC Bacha Khan, Naila, said that they seldom got the opportunity to put into practice things learned in class. “This event has given us the opportunity to practically demonstrate the laws of science. It’s really exciting because we are putting our knowledge into practice,” she explained.
Another student from Waziristan, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that their stall was decorated with artefacts. Dressed in a traditional wedding dress of Waziristan, this student said that she and her colleagues were attempting to portray the culture of Waziristan. “We have many items in our stall that reflect our culture. All the jewellery is made from silver and is designed in traditional Waziristan manner,” she elaborated.
Some students even came up with homemade cosmetics and put them on display in the chemistry stall. According to organizers of the stall, they were attempting to explain the use of chemicals in enhancing facial beauty.
“All cosmetics are simply made of chemicals and most of us do not know about their contents. Here, we have made several cosmetics and displayed their preparation formulae,” said Azra from the City Girls College Gulbahar.
Judges from different educational institutions and retired professors evaluated the projects, in which the Frontier College for Women secured the most positions followed by GGDC Hayatabad. Chief guest and advisor to the chief minister on higher education, Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, and the provincial secretary of higher education distributed prizes among the first, second and third position holders of different stalls.
In his address to participants of the exhibition, Mushtaq Ghani urged holding of more such events to induce a spirit of healthy competition and motivate students towards innovation and invention.
By Sahibzada Hassan Ali