WCLA to revive Meet the Expert sessions from October 16


LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) is all set to launch the second round of ‘Meet the Expert’ academic sessions from October 16, Pakistan Today learnt on Tuesday.

According to the details, the first session will be held at Lahore Fort and the topic under discussion would be the fort’s iconic picture wall.

The first round of the sessions discussed various topics, including conservation of royal kitchens, conservation of Haveli Barood Khana, conservation of the fort’s picture wall and conservation of the Shahi Hammam.

It may be mentioned here that the new sessions have been upscaled and a panel of four to five experts would express their view over the topic.

Almost 1,500 students studying in the faculties of archaeology, history, fine arts, anthropology etc. from leading universities like Government College University (GCU), National College Of Arts (NCA), Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Kinnaird College (KC), Lahore College for Women (LCW), FAST, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Superior University, Forman Christian College (FCC) and few other participated in the previous sessions.

The first session of the second round of Meet the Expert would include speakers NCA ex-principal and Institute of Art and Culture (IAC) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Sajida Vandal and architect Wajhat Ali from Aga Khan Culture Services Pakistan (AKCSP), AKCSP consultant Rashid Makhdum, LUMS associate professor Dr Nadhra Shahbaz and NCA associate professor Mulghalarra Khan.

WLCA Media and Marketing Deputy Director Tania Qureshi said, “Previously, our targeted audience was primarily students but in the second round of discussions we will be inviting professionals as well as students of relevant fields. The sessions would have three to four panellists with one moderator and all aspects of one topic would be discussed followed by a Q&A session. These sessions are proposed to be interactive sessions where the audience can freely ask relevant questions after the discussion and meet the experts individually for more details about conservation and history”.

She further added that the first session of the second round of discussions has been decided on the picture wall of the Lahore Fort because it was one of the recently completed conservation projects by WCLA and AKCSP. “This is the world’s largest picture wall and we need to promote it among the youth and professionals related to art, design and conservation. So far, the response has been good and we are also using social media for its publicity,” she added.

WCLA Marketing Director Asif Zaheer said, “It is important to engage youth and students of the relevant fields in our projects so that they learn from the ongoing conservation projects. The aim of these sessions in the second season is to train the students and professionals on all aspects of a project. We will be discussing the art, history and conservation of picture wall, its salient features and importance of art in the Mughal era and how it flourished. We will also be inviting ideas from the audience regarding tourism and promotion of tourism in the fort. We are not limiting the session topics to conservation; these will also cover the cultural topics related to old Lahore”.