Italian Day (2013)

“ITALIAN DAY” CELEBRATED AT COMSATS ISLAMABAD

(19 November 2013)

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and the Embassy of Italy to Pakistan hosted in Islamabad the first “Italian Day”: a comprehensive program, mainly directed to the student community and the youth of Pakistan, structured in a number of events. These included 4 Master classes from Italian professors, an exhibition of the works of┬ácontemporary Italian photograhers, a show celebrating the centennial anniversary of the mission of the Italian explorer Filippo De Filippo to the Karakoram in 1913 by Ev-K2-CNR-SEED, a job fair with stands from 20 Italian -related organizations including Ev-K2-CNR-SEED, a Film Festival showing the restored version of movies from the Italian Neo-realism (1950s-60s), food stalls and music from an Italian performer.

The Ambassador of Italy ┬átalk about SEED Project and their activities currently working in Gilgit Baltistan in the framework of Ev-K2-CNR and he also highlighted the Italian commitment in support of Pakistan’s culture, while celebrating this year’s milestone-result of 500 Pakistani students currently studying in Italy. The Ambassador of Argentina, one of the guests, underscored – on the 2 Art shows (one of which was previously showcased in Buenos Aires) – the strong links existing between Italy, Argentina and Pakistan.

In the afternoon, Prof. Gabriella Caterina of the Univeristy of Naples held a master-class on Monument conservation presenting the case study of the restoration of an important Italian monument. Dr. Nagata, Head of UNESCO Pakistan, followed with a speech stressing the importance of protecting the rich Pakistani cultural legacy, which includes 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Prof. Stefano Mambretti of the Polythechnic University of Milan held a Conference on Hydraulics and Environment focused on flood prevention, while Engineer Pezzetti, currently seconded to WAPDA by the World Bank, spoke on examples of Italian engineering in Pakistan, such as Tarbela Dam and Ghazi Barota.

The Day of Celebrations, that saw also an art competition amongst students and several other activities on campus, was closed by a formal gala dinner at the presence of several Ambassadors, local and foreign dignitaries with a menu of Italian delicacies.