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17th All Pakistan Inter University Declamation contest

Islamabad, May 27, 2015 (PPI-OT): National Defence University Islamabad and Federal Urdu University of Arts and Sciences won the 17th All Pakistan Inter-University Declamation “Allama Iqbal Shield”. The annual contest is organised by Higher Education Commission (HEC). Justice (R) Nasira Javaid Iqbal was the chief guest on the occasion.

Congratulating the students she appreciated their zeal and vigour in sharing their thoughts on the chosen topics. She encouraged them to channelize their energy to bring positive change in society. She expressed her pleasure to be among the youth and hear their thoughts on burning challenges that afflict Pakistani society. She also appreciated HEC’s contribution in raising the standard of higher education and presenting various opportunities for higher studies within the country and overseas.

In his welcome address, Mr. Fida Hussain, DG Academics (HEC), said declamation contest is a part of HEC’s initiatives to promote co-curricular activities at university/DAI campuses. Its objectives are to promote communication skills and critical thinking among the students, encourage tolerance, non-violence, and respect for other’s point of view. Dr. Raza Bhatti, Member HRD said that such events were important in enhancing understanding of socio-economic and political issues among students of various regions of Pakistan.

In the English category, first prize was awarded to Khushal Khan of National Defence University, Islamabad followed by Kiran Abbas of University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila while third prize was awarded to Mehtab Alvi, of Lahore College for Women University Lahore. Shahzadi Kanwal of Federal Urdu University, Karachi bagged first prize, while Yasser Rashid belonging to University of Punjab got second position and third prize was won by Muhammad Ayub of Gomal University.

The annual contest was organized at three levels. In the first round it was held at the university level wherein students from all the departments of public and private sector universities and constituent colleges took part. In the second round, winners of first round competed at Regional level which was held at Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Islamabad (for Federal, AJK,FATA/Gilgit-Baltistan, Universities). Winners of the Regional level had the privilege to compete at the National Level which was the final round for the award of Allama Iqbal Shield.

Cash prizes of Rs.60,000, 50,000 and 40,000 were awarded to the 1st 2nd and 3rd position holders respectively in both categories (Urdu and English) respectively. Thirty contestants from public and private sector Universities/DAIs from all over the country participated in the Final Round. English session was presided over by Dr. Sarwet Rasul, from Fatima Jinnah Women University while Urdu session was presided over by Prof. Dr. Shahid Iqbal Kamran from Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. Dr. Najiba Arif, Ms. Noor Amna Malik and Syed Munawar H. Naqvi were in the panel of judges.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-90402404, +92-51-90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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