Society for the Promotion of Art and Culture

Study and Research Opportunities in Germany

On 5 March 2020, a seminar and expo was organized at the University of the Punjab about "Study and Research Opportunities in Germany". Dr. Inge Iqbal, Director of DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service was the main speaker and she explained in a detailed presentation the procedure for admission to German universities and getting scholarships. The event was organized jointly by IML (Partner of Goethe-Institut) and DAAD in collaboration with the Institute of Languages at the Punjab University. IML is also a partner of the FPAC (Foundation for Promotion of Academic Cooperation), which was represented at the event by its Senior Research Fellow, Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch from Germany.

A large number of students attended the event in the large auditorium of the Institute for Biochemistry and Biotechnology. An exchange of information took place with the students showing great interest. Prof. Dr. Fahim Aftab (Department of Botany) and Prof. Dr. Rubeena Zakir (Department of Sociology) reported on their great experiences during their research time in Germany.

Prof Dr Rubeena contributed her experience from her doctoral studies.

Prof. Aamir Rafique delivered an interesting report of possibilities of learning German language in Lahore. At the end, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Dr. Saleem Mazhar congratulated the students and the organizers for the wonderful event and assured all support of the university in this regard.

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Haiku - the art of conversion of profound words into visual - comes from the Japanese culture and it makes use of syllables and metaphor in a predetermined form in order to encourage the use to understand depth of thought.  

Just as Japanese art stimulated European artists in the Art Nouveau period people from various countries touched by the art of Haiku tried to develop similar things in their own languages. 

The German Haiku Society was established in Germany, in which the members try to express themselves as writers using similar means.  

Click here to see the work 

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About the marketing of village projects

On the occasion of Prof Norbert Pintsch's visit to Pakistan, intensive talks were held about NGO projects, their functioning and the global difficulties, in view of which efforts were made to encourage private initiatives.

For some time, he and his colleagues have been using the long-standing material for evaluation and scientific workup; interested persons can find a wealth of material for independent and completely new research work in the internet under .

In addition to the contacts and visits to friends and acquaintances, visits were undertaken not only to the NGO AeFeA in the Okara district, but also to PU and LSE, as well as the IML in Lahore.

In a recently created slide show, the many activities for marketing of unique arts and crafts within and outside the country were outlined. They make clear, that NGO projects are not free from market-economy influences, if they are to be successful for all participants. The prerequisite here is however an altruistic attitude as a driving force!

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3:53 PM, ,

From SPARC Think Tank

By Omar M. Ali

You will need to go back a bit in the project history of the AFA (NGO).

Notes can be found under (, among others, organized SPARC 1994 - 1996 LIFE (Lahore International Festival of EduTainment), in which a bridge between traditional art, here: arts and crafts, including dolls from AFA and HiTechArt, including computer graphics, in cooperation with the DGFK

In the Directory (see in you can find the village project listed as Vocational Training Center under the supervision of Dr. Senta Siller.

Although a lot of time has passed, there is still the opportunity to officially accredit the former Women Art Center, now called SSDC, through NAFTTC, so that craftsmanship skills can be further improved and the knowledge passed on to newcomers.

This will also allow the NGO to revitalize SHE (School for home economics, see: and set a mark for special development in the region, not just to trainers from the area, but also students from various disciplines can be included.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 10:13 AM, ,

About the Think Tank Project

by Norbert Pintsch IPC, FPAC


After sketching the topic HOUSING in three publications (Housing, Population and Housing, Systems and Housing), TTP is now entering a new phase.

Although the topic of communication and information has been treated in various essays over the years, experience has also been gained with contemporary techniques, but now the problems arising from the cultural model and its inter-dependencies, as well as system considerations on general housing meed to be discussed.

There are misunderstandings from small groups to large groups, and it is more than a miracle that an exchange is possible at all.

It is not only the basic communication, which is a problem.

If one were to orient oneself towards Wittgenstein (which one is not supposed to talk about, one has to be silent about it), then hardly any communication and information should be taking place.

In the assumption of better understanding, new terms are invented, which instead of closer definition create still new questions and thus new answers with new terms and for improvement with the same, similar or different concepts or ideas.
Already the analogue exchange of ideas on earth is more than problematic, but when the digital exchange comes into play with additional time or distance factors, then arise the real problems!

Housing in the closed system is the protection, the material protection, - the immateriality that demands the traditional humanity!

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2:28 PM, ,

Informal Think Tank

By Norbert Pintsch, IPC, FPAC

The idea of cooperating with others, i.e. to exchange ideas with others and to stimulate each other, this thought is not exactly new!

In the United States of America (USA), company representatives came together and established privately funded socalled Think Tanks!

In the 20th century, this idea was implemented under president Franklin Roosevelt and a new form of advice emerged.

In politics, technological and economic interests are transferred into governance process in a lobby-like manner.

Such examples are presently implemented in many countries for selfish interests and they influence politics, usually with a certain lobby in the background.

The DGFK is an altruistic example of an informal Think Tank in which SUTOL, SEMOL, SPARC, SPATH, SPAET, SPOCA, but also FPAC and FBTC exist; however they operate in a subtle and discreet manner!

An interesting project is the so called Closed System, which outlines possibilities and tendencies, also of an uncomfortable kind, which is characterized by financial independence and the personal refrain from self-projection by the co-thinkers.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4:45 PM, ,

Preserve and Develop

By Omar M. Ali

Exactly 25 years ago, Dr Senta Siller began working in the arts and crafts in the village of TGD.

From 2008 onwards Dr Norbert continued to work with the volunteers, Three years ago, the work was formally handed over symbolically to the Pressident Amajd Ali. Now, today, the opening of the exhibition in TGD also marked the practical handover.

If one realizes the considerable changes on both sides of the road from Okara to Gogera, it is clear that projects, such as those of the NGO AFA in the village of TGD, have to react accordingly.

It is important to preserve the proven traditions and continue them while developing something new at the same time.

The NGO is holistic and works for the benefit of the villagers.

Political weather conditions, but also the changing consumer behavior must be taken into account.
An important product are the experiences that have to be passed on.

Cooperation with other NGOs and universities must be maintained and expanded. Exhibition openings on important topics, seminars and workshops on site, all these have already taken place and need to be further developed.

Various opportunities need to be taken; the NGO has for example accommodation, which can be used by paying guests. The arts and crafts remain the beacon for the innovations; they can finance only so much, as in the past years, and this should help in new ideas because complex marketing in mass produced products leads to nothing new.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 8:21 AM, ,

Development of art through digital technology and biochemical adaptations

Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch, SRF / FPAC

As already often mentioned, it is not about either this ... or this, but about both; this-as well as this. This does not mean that from now on a new form of art is available, but rather: it is still in the phase of development, maybe the effects of this are unimaginable to contemporary critics, but this is always the case with imminent upheavals in approach.

We had already written "About the End of the Arts and Crafts" - in means here that unique items will gradually disappear and will play a role only with certain collectors in the high-price segment, - for the masses remain increasingly only copies, that is: mass produced products , This may not be understandable to the contemporaries, but it is so.

We have already written about "Polycrystalline and Bio-Molecular Structures in mobile and Immobile Towns (Architecture and Urban Development)" - this runs parallel to the upcoming art, whereby the term art is to be understood in a comprehensive sense, with painting, literature , Music - all in the traditional sense.

What awaits our children and grandchildren, if they are not already infiltrated in this direction?

Creative interactive consumption, with -Virtual theater, where one can play classics with friends, but also let yourself act with "stars", -Virtual design, with classic role models, but also by experiencing neural highways, -Virtual experience in games and sports in animated roles including traveling through the cosmos, as well as movements in, through and on the planet.

The reference to already existing infiltration refers to the computer-assisted film and music productions, computer simulations, - ultimately, all areas of life are at least affected, even if it is not perceived as such. It is valid here: we see what we want to see, - hear what we mean to hear, think what we like! What can be thought, if the thinking subject is also the object at the same time? The Artificial Intelligence (AI) is immune to this problem!

The question of why and for what reason we had already discussed under the topic

"Regarding the development of housing in a closed system".

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