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GCU Model United Nations (MUN) 2017

 

A three-day Model United Nations (MUN) concluded at the Government College University Lahore. The shining orators from thirty-five universities participated in the GCU-MUN 2017, organised by the GCU Debating Society. They represented the different nations from around the world and practiced diplomacy to resolve conflicts.

 

A delegation of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, representing the United Kingdom, was adjudicated the Best Delegation, and awarded the Patras Bokhari Award; dedicated to Prof Syed Ahmed Shah Bokhari, the first permanent representative of Pakistan in United Nations and first Muslim Principal of Government College Lahore.

 

Mustafa Awais from COMSATS was declared the Best Delegate at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) while Aneeza Noor and Awais Arshad from UET Lahore, Wajeeha Aslam from King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Lahore, and Arjeed Javed from FCC University Lahore also won the Best Delegate Awards at United Nations Economic and Social Council, Pakistan National Assembly, UN Women and UNEP.

 

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said Model United Nations was the best format to develop a global perspective in students where they were assigned a country and a UN committee. He hoped that GCUDS would hold MUN every year where students would not only sharpen their oratory skills and increase understanding about world politics; but also, they will groom as leaders and learn to respect opposing beliefs and arguments.

 

(19-04-2017)

 

GCU holds Pashto debates

 

The Government College University Lahore Debating Society held the second GCU Annual Internal Pashto Debates 2017 to promote national integration and cultural harmony. It was the first time when a large number of Pashtun female students also participated in the Pashto debates held on the topic; “the amalgamation of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will blur the identity of FATA”. Students spoke both in the favor and against the merger of FATA into KPK.

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said Pashto was the second-largest regional language of Pakistan widely spoken in the west and northwest of the country. He expressed satisfaction at the cultural harmony being observed by Ravians hailing different ethnic backgrounds. “We respect diversity and it is best manifested in the celebrations of the various regional languages, customs and traditions,” he said.

 

GCU Debating Society President Raza Aftab Gillani said the provincial governments should also hold debates in other regional languages, i.e. Punjab holding debates in Pashto and KPK holding debates in Punjabi. “This would promote national unity and cultural harmony,” he said. More than 100 speakers participated in the initial rounds and 16 in the finals of Pashto debate contest. Muhammad Kahsif Khan from Political Science Department was adjudicated the Best Pashto Speaker of GCU, while Wajid Aslam from Economics Department stood second. Pashto writer Sajid Wazir, Kamran Khan, a recipient of three rolls of honor in debates from GCU, and Mr Noor Rahman, a PhD scholar, adjudicated debates.

 

(05-04-2017)

 

 

UET, LUMS win GCU 22nd Bilingual Parliamentary Style Debates

 

The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Monday won the 22nd GCU Parliamentary Style Debates 2017 organised by the Debating Society of Government College University Lahore. 

 

The four-day bilingual tournament, held at the university’s Bukhari Auditorium, from March 24 to 27 was the largest and most prestigious of the regular-season debates tournaments in the country where every year highly crucial and contemporary socio-political topics were debated by the shining orators of the country. This year, 180 speakers from 61 educational institutions including Punjab University and King Edward Medical University (KEMU) contested for the coveted trophies at the debates contest. The GCU orators, as hosts, didn’t contest for the coveted team trophies and best speaker awards. The main topic of the debate in this year’s final was that this House supports the right of nationality to Afghan children born in Pakistan.

 

In the Urdu category, the UET Lahore beat Kinnaird College (KC) Lahore in the finals and lifted the prestigious team trophy. Muhammad Afzaan Munir, a student of UET Lahore, was declared the Best Urdu Speaker of the contest. The LUMS was declared the Best English Team of the competition and awarded the prestigious ‘Prof Khalid Aftab Trophy’. At the individual level, the LUMS orator, Hafiz Usman Tanver, secured the ‘Syed Muhammad Ali Abbass Shield’ for the Best English Speaker. In under-19 English debates, the team trophy was lifted by the Beconhouse Defence. 

 

Addressing the prize distribution ceremony, GCUDS President Raza Aftab Gillani said the GCU Parliamentary Style Debates was first held in 1995 and since then it had been held regularly without any interval, adding “no other competition in the country boast such a record.” Dr Ammar Ali Jan, an eminent debater, social activist and a graduate of Cambridge University, was chief guest at the debate’s prize distribution ceremony.

 

(28-03-2017)

 

 

 

GCU orators clinch 255 oratory awards in 2016

 

The Government College University Lahore orators have once again stamped their seal of competence as they clinched 255 oratory awards in international and national competitions during the year 2016. According the GCU Debating Society Annual Report 2016 submitted to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah on Wednesday, the 255 laurels include 50 coveted team trophies, 11 runners-up trophies, one third-position trophy, 84 best speaker awards, 56 second-position awards, 49 third-position and four consolation prizes, which were won at various declamation, parliamentary, recitation and poetry competitions.

 

The members of GC University Debating Society poses for a group photo

with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah

 

“Our orators have shown their mettle time and again in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Saraiki and Pashto languages, and their consistent achievements in national competitions are source of great pride for their alma mater,” said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Shah. “There was hardly a day in 2016 when we didn’t hear about the achievements of our students in debates, drama, quiz or sports,” said the Vice Chancellor. He said that in just last one week, GCUDS had won team trophies at the declamation contests at Sadiq Public School and Mirpur University of Science and Technology, AJK besides securing eight distinctions in the Chief Minister’s debates at the district level.

 

Prof Hassan Shah congratulated and commended the GCUDS advisors and young speakers for their active participation and dedication. He applauded their efforts to promote the importance of co-curricular activities in addition to the conventional curriculum and promised to be highly supportive so the Society can continue to play a crucial role in shaping intellectual landscape of students.

GCUDS Advisor Mr Siddique Awan told the Vice Chancellor said their orators this year had once again outshined every other institute in Pakistan in both declamation, and parliamentary style of debates.

 

The high achievers in parliamentary debates and declamations include Abdur Raheem Virk, Usama Khan, Abduallah Zafar,  Kafeel Rana, Hamza Abbas, Raza Gillani, Zain ul Hassan, Usama Zoraiz, Saad Khan, Arslan Doultana, Awais Malik, Ali Zar, Rana Qamar Iqbal, Zohaib Alam, Hassan Qadeer Butt, Sana Mansoor, Bilal Ahmad, Talha Khalid, Talha Seemab, Hafiz Zia, Shahkaar Ali Bukhari, Mohiba Ahmad, Haris Ali Virk, Mukaram Ghafoor, Shahrukh Mirza, Fahad Sokhta, Shehrbano, Sharjeel, Joveriah Batool, Rabia Javed, Sarmad Bukhari, Irfan Mehdi and Kinza Tariq.

 

(12-01-2017)

 

GCU wins UET Model United Nations Debates

The Debating Society of GC University Lahore has won the team trophy of Model United Nations Debates hosted by the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore. The top educational institutions from all over Pakistan including LSE, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and Kinnaird College participated in the three-day event spread over seven sessions. UET Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid awarded the team trophy to the GCU Debating Society. According to details, the United States of America, represented by team GCU, won the Best Delegation Award at the UET-MUN 2016. Individually, Shahryar Malik won the Best Delegate Award while Saqib Yaqoob, Hannan Asghar, Mukaram Ghafoor and Huzaifa Ali won the Outstanding Diplomacy Award. Rabia Javed, Sarmad Wali Khan and Ahmad Ali Chughtai were awarded with the Honorable Mention, while Sarmad Bukhari secured the Special Mention Award. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the team GCU on their extraordinary performance in the debates.

(29-11-2016)

 

PAF wins GCU Declamation Contest

 

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy Risalpur has won the 36th All Pakistan Allama Muhamamd Iqbal Bilingual Declamation Contest, hosted by the Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS). International relations expert and former foreign secretary Shamshad Ahmad Khan was the Chief Guest at the final round of the prestigious debates while GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah was also present. The best orators from all provinces of the country participated in the two-day event.

 

University of Engineering and Technology Lahore (UET) student Hamza Abbass was awarded the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal for the Best English Speaker of the event. The medal was initiated by the Government College former principal the late M.A Khan with a donation of Rs 500,000 in 2007. PAF Academy Risalpur Aviation Cadet Muhammad Shehryar secured the second position in the English debates.

 

After a close contest in the final rounds, PAF Academy Risalpur Aviation Cadet Mujtaba Zafar was declared the Best Urdu Speaker of the declamation contest and awarded with the Dr Majid Nizami Medal initiated in 2013 by the university’s Debating Society in the honor of the eminent Old Ravian journalist. Shabbir Baloch from Government Degree College Quetta clinched the second position in the Urdu debates.

 

In the final round, the serious topics that remained closely contested by the teams were: “The only way the West can stop terrorism is by not perpetrating it”, “Here’s is to strong women; may we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them” and “The American refusal to acknowledge a world beyond its borders is its greatest failing”.

 

In the humorous category, the participants enthralled the audience with their wit and humor particularly on the topics: “to catch a husband is an art, to hold him is a job”, “Don’t cry because it’s over, simple because it happened” and “You must be afraid my son. That is how one becomes an honest student”. The Ravian orators, Ali Zar, closed the House with his memorable speech. However, GCU Debating Society as host didn’t contest for medals. 

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the winners of the competition, saying that debates taught students how disagree with others while paying respect to their faiths and ideas.

 

(17-11-2016)

 

 

36th Allama Iqbal Declamation begins at GCU

 

“You don’t have the right to remain silent”, as one of the biggest national debating galas, the 36th All Pakistan Allama Muhammad Iqbal Bilingual Declamation Contest, has begun at the Government College University Lahore.

 

“It’s not the Presidential Debate or any other political debate, but as far as content, confidence and clarity are concerned, the level is far above, and pertinent references to all the contemporary conflicts could not escape from the arguments, wit and humor of these best national orators, said Syed Raza Aftab Gillani, the President of the hosts i.e. GCU Debating Society. He said that top educational institutions including Punjab University and Pakistan Air Force Academy Risalpur, Kinnaird College, Lahore College for Women University, Cadet College Larkana and Government Degree College Quetta were contesting for the coveted team trophy at the two-day event spread over three sessions. 

 

Orators from different colleges and universities participate in the 36th All Pakistan Allama Muhammad Iqbal Bilingual

Declamation Contest hosted by the GC University Lahore.

 

The serious topics that remained closely contested by the teams on the first day were: ‘Truth lies in the contradiction’, ‘There can be no national unity for as long as there is class distinction’, ‘The native must realize that colonialism never gives anything away for nothing’ and ‘Democracy has become Europe’s euphemism for neo-liberal capitalism”. In the humorous category, the participants enthralled the audience with their wit and humor particularly on the topics: ‘You don’t have the right to remain silent’ ‘I was made for another planet, I got lost on the way’, and ‘So long as politicians speak for you, expect to sound stupid.’ In the Urdu category, the youth punctuated their speeches with fiery verses of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib.

 

GCUDS patron and Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said “We are thrilled with the performance of all of the debaters who have come from different parts of the country including Baluchistan to participate in the prestigious competition.” He said that the All Pakistan Allama Iqbal Bilingual Declamation Competition had been a regular annual feature of Government College Lahore since 1980. He further said that this year they expect tough competition among both the English and Urdu orators and the Best English Speaker would be awarded with the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal and a cash prize while the Best Urdu Speaker would receive the Dr Majeed Nizami Medal. The Government College former Principal, the late Prof M.A Khan introduced Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal with a donation of Rs 500,000 in 2007. The University Debating Society had initiated the Dr Majeed Nizami Medal in 2013 to pay tribute to the services of the eminent Old Ravian journalist.

 

(15-11-2016)

 

 

GCU wins Declamation Contest

 

The Government College University Lahore Debating Society has won the 20th All Pakistan Declamation Contest, hosted by Army Burn Hall College, Abbotabad. The team comprising of Saad khan and Kafeel Rana won the team trophy and secured best speaker awards for English and Urdu categories respectively. Military College Signals Risalpur, Military College of Engineering, PMA Kakul, PNA Karachi, PMA Karachi, Cadet College Kohat, Cadet College Hasan Abdal and FCC University Lahore also participated in the prestigious declamation contest. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the university’s orators on their achievement.

 

(03-11-2016)

 

 

GCUDS clinches 270 oratory awards

 

The Government College University Lahore Debating Society has once again shown its extracurricular excellence as it bagged 270 national oratory awards during the academic year 2015-16. The 270 laurels include 50 coveted team trophies, 9 runners-up trophies, 2 third-position trophies, 93 best speaker awards, 65 second-position awards, 48 third-position and 3 consolation prizes, which were won at various declamation, parliamentary, recitation and poetry competitions at the national level.

 

“The speakers of GCUDS have always shown their mettle time and again in English, Urdu and Punjabi languages. This year, however, the society took special initiatives to promote languages like Saraiki and Pashto by introducing internal competition as well as winning national level awards in the respective regional languages,” read the GCUDS academic year 2015-16 report submitted to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah.

 

The members of GCU Debating Society poses for a group photo

with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah.

 

Prof Shah invited the advisor and the orators of GCUDS to his office where he congratulated and commended the young speakers for their active participation and dedication. He applauded their efforts to promote the importance of co-curricular activities in addition to the conventional curriculum and promised to be highly supportive so the society can continue to play a crucial role in shaping intellectual landscape of students.

 

“The GCUDS outshined every other institute in Pakistan in both declamation and parliamentary style of debate,” GCUDS Advisor Mr Siddique Awan told the Vice Chancellor. 

 

The high achievers in parliamentary debates include M. Afzan Munir, Awais Ahmad Malik, Shahkar Ali Bukhari, Hasan Haider Raza. The team comprising Raza Gillani, Hassan Qadeer Butt and Hamza Abbas won almost every major Urdu tournament of the year.

 

The speakers who excelled in declamations include Mohiba Ahmed, Zain-ul-Hassan, Ali Zar, Saad Khan, Usama Khan, Abdullah Zafar, Qasim Raza, Haris Ali Virk, Abdul Rahim Virk and Jovairiah Batool. Kafeel Rana, a student of Psychology department, proved to be the highest achiever in declamations this year. The young Ravian poets Usama Zoraiz, Muhammad Ali Zaahir, Fahad Mehmood and Zohaib Alam excelled in various national level poetry competitions.

 

Mr Awan further said that the Ravian orators this year stamped their seal of competence at the prestigious educational institutions all over Pakistan including PAF Academy Risalpur, FCC University Lahore, Scouts Cadet College Batrasi, Lahore School of Economics, University College Lahore, University of Gujrat, University of Sargodha, Sadiq Public School Bhawalpur, UET Lahore, King Edward Medical University, Allama Iqbal Medical College. The society also managed to win an overwhelming amount of 52 positions in the CM Speech, Debate and Essay writing competitions.

 

The President GCUDS, Muhammad Afzan Munir, attributed the successful year to the unflinching support and patronage of the Vice Chancellor and their advisors Mr Awan and Prof Dr Haroon Qadir who not only helped arrange state-of-the-art trainings, but also provided funds for the debating trips to represent GCU at the national events.

(05-10-2016)

 

 

 

GCUDS holds Punjabi Takra 2016

 

The Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS) organised the fourth Inter-University Safdar Mir Punjabi Takra 2016 which was won by the team Punjab University. Muhammad Umar Nizami, the president of GCU Punjabi Majlis and GCUDS Incharge Punjabi debates, chaired the debates while eminent Punjabi poet Qaim Naqvi was the Chief Guest at the Prize Distribution Ceremony. Overall, teams from 14 educational institutions took part in the Punjabi debates.

 

The team GCU as host did not contest for the prizes. However, its orator Abrar Cheema closed the house. The topic of final was that “This House would rent out the educational institutions!”  In individual categories, Hamza Mustafa of Punjab University was declared the Best Punjabi Speaker and was awarded the Shaheed Mohib Raza Shield. Mubashir Syed and Yasir Farooq secured the second and third positions.

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the GCUDS for consistently organising the Punjabi and Pashto debates, saying that “our cultural heritage is enshrined in these regional languages and literature.”  He also congratulated the winning teams.

 

Qaim Naqvi said that it was a tough time on Punjabi and GCU’s efforts for its promotion were praiseworthy. He said noted Punjabi classical poets could be juxtaposed with the best poets of the international languages. Later, Qaim Naqvi gave away trophy and shields to the winners. The panel of judges included Prof Dr Haroon qadir and Prof Mehmood ul Hassan Bazmi.

(07-04-2016)

 

 

21st GCU Parliamentary Style Debates 2016

 

The shining orators from top 52 educational institutions of the country, while addressing the ‘21st GCU Parliamentary Style Debates 2016’, strongly condemned the terror attack at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, saying that the blood of the innocent children would ultimately drown the perpetrators of violence and terror.

  

They strongly expressed their resolve to counter the cowardly attack of the retrogressive enemies of Pakistan by standing firmly for the enlightenment, egalitarianism and peace. “We shall combat the faceless enemy with unity and education,” they added. The orators also observed one minute silence at the beginning of the final rounds of the debates to show solidarity with the families of the martyrs and the injured.  

 

The four-day debating contest, organised by the Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS), was one of the biggest national parliamentary style debates in the country in which this year highly crucial socio-political topics were debated by the shining orators of the country. The English and Urdu topics in the finals on Monday were; “This House would remove all physical manifestations of racists’ legacy in universities and public spaces” and “This House believes that formation of student unions would result in political maturity of students.”

 

Speaking on the occasion, GCUDS President Muhammad Afzan Munir said that the competing teams, adjudicators and a large number of students turned up for the public debate on Monday in spite of the prevalent air of the mourning and distress. This reflected their firm resolve to carry on with healthy amd constructive academic debate which the retrogressive forces are adamant to gag.

  

After the final round, the Public Speaking Forum (PSF) was declared the Best English Team of the competition and awarded the prestigious ‘Prof Khalid Aftab Trophy’. The PSF beat Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in the finals.  At the individual level, the Punjab University orator, Hamid Raza, secured the ‘Syed Muhammad Ali Abbass Shield’ for the Best English Speaker, and Abrar Ahmed Butt from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore (UET) was declared the Best Urdu Speaker of the contest.  The team trophy of Urdu Parliamentary Debates was also won by the PSF.

 

Prof Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed, an eminent Swedish political scientist of the Pakistani origin was the chief guest. The debates were adjudicated by eminent former orators Anwar-ul-Haq, Muhammad Umer Khan, Zulqurnain Cheena, Moaviz Siddique Nizami, Saad-ul-Hassan, Ahmed Chaudhry, Zahid Ali, Abdullah Sherdil Khan and Misbah Mukhtar. Addressing the orators, Prof Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed traced the origin of debating in the Greek period through works of Socrates and Plato. He praised the oratorical skills of the competing finalists and gave away trophies to the winners.

 

The adjudicators said that they despite being in a state of mourning and grief held the debates to give a message that terrorists could not deter them from their journey to enlightenment and prosperity. 

(29-03-2016)

 

 

GCU orators shine in KPK mega challenge

 

The Debating Society of Government College University Lahore has won two team trophies and two runner-up trophies at the All Pakistan Mega Challenge 2016 hosted by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the English declamation, the GCU team comprising Saad Khan and Rana Ali Nawaz won the team trophy and a cash award. In Bayt Baazi, the Ravain team of Hassan Qadeer Butt and Zohaib Alam also won the team trophy and cash award. GCU stood runners-up in the Urdu declamation and music band competitions. Above one thousand students from the leading institutions of Pakistan competed in the mega challenge. KPK Chief Minister Mr. Pervez Khattak awarded the trophies to the teams of GCU on the closing day. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Adviser Student Affairs Mr Siddique Awan congratulated the debating society upon its excellent performance in the competition.

 

(08-03-2016)

 

 

GCU wins debates gala

 

The Debating Society of Government College University Lahore (GCUDS) has made a clean sweep of individual positions and team trophies at the All Punjab Bilingual Debates Gala 2016 organised by the Government Postgraduate College, Jaranwala. About 25 teams of various degree and postgraduate collages including University of Sargodha and BZU Multan participated in two-day gala. GCU orators Hafiz Ziaullah, Irfan Mehdi, Umain Awan and Zohaib Alam secured positions in Qiraat, Islamic Muzakra, Urdu Ghazal, Urdu Debate and Punjabi Nazam at the contest. GCU students Saad Khan and Arsalan Dultana were jointly declared the Best English Speakers of the debates contest. The team GCU also lifted the team trophy. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and GCUDS Advisor Mr Siddique Awan congratulated the team GCU on their excellent performance in the gala. 

(04-03-2016)

 

 

GCU bags 52 prizes at CM debates

 

The Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS) has won 52 positions and total prize money of Rs. 1.7 million in the Punjab Chief Minister’s Debating, Speech and Essay Competitions 2016. The competitions were held on provincial, divisional and district levels. At the provincial level competitions, the brilliant orators of the GCU Debating Society bagged five individual positions, whereas at the divisional and district level competitions, 21 and 26 positions were achieved respectively.

 

At the provincial level, Ms. Mohiba Ahmed won two Best Speaker Awards both in English Speech and Debate competitions at the degree level. Mr. Raza Aftab Gillani was declared the Second Best Urdu Speaker in the Chief Minister’s Debate Competition in the postgraduate category, whereas Mr. Salman Sikandar was awarded the Second Position in English debate at the intermediate level competition, and Jovariah Batool achieved the second best speaker award in Urdu debate at the degree level competition. At the divisional and district level competitions, Hassan Qadeer Butt, , Hamza Abbas, Sana Mansoor, Areeba Nadeem, Aminah Sohail Qureshi, Kafeel Rana, Abdullah Zafar, Zohaib Alam, Fahad bin Faraz, Abdul Rahim Virk, Haris Ali Virk, Ahsaan Ullah, Ali Zar, Fahad Shahbaz Warraich, Qasim Razam, Abdul Hannan Mir, Fahad Mehmood, Usama Khan and Mubashir Aslam achieved various positions in different categories.

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah congratulated GCUDS Advisor Mr Siddique Awan and his orators on their excellent performance in CM debates, saying that they had undoubtedly proved themselves to be the most outstanding torch bearers of the university pride.

 

(03-02-2016)

 

 

GCU ORATORS WINS PASHTO DEBATES

The Debating Society of GC University Lahore (GCUDS) has won the Pashto Declamation Contest hosted by the University of Management Technology Lahore. Saad Khan was adjudicated the Best Pashto Speaker of the contest, while Mashriq Khan stood second. GCUDS was pioneer in initiating Pashto debates in Punjab and it was good to see that now other educational institutions were also organizing them.

Meanwhile, Syed Daniyal Haider Gillani, got the first position at the All Pakistan English Speech Contest hosted by LGS, Faisalabad. He was also awarded a cash prize Rs 10,000.

(24-11-2015)

 

 

UCL wins Allama Iqbal Declamation

 

The University College Lahore (UCL) has won the 35th All Pakistan Allama Muhamamd Iqbal Declamation Contest, hosted by the Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS). Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Secretary General I.A. Rehman was the Chief Guest at the final round of the prestigious debates while GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah was also present. The best orators from more than 40 educational institutions of the country were participating in the two-day event. University of Engineering and Technology Lahore student Abrar Ahmed Butt was declared the Best English Speaker of the event and awarded with the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal, which was initiated by the Government College former principal the late M.A Khan with a donation of Rs 500,000 in 2007. 

 

After a close contest in the final rounds, Haris Bilal of the King Edward Medical College University Lahore was declared the Best Urdu Speaker of the declamation contest and awarded with the Dr Majid Nizami Medal. In the final round, the serious topics that remained closely contested by the teams were: “The philosopher have only interpreted the world, in various way; the point is to change it” and “The only thing worth globalizing is dissent” In the humorous category, the participants enthralled the audience with their wit and humour particularly on the topics: “the only party I get invited to is political”, “Big Brother is watching you!” and “Let him who is innocent cast the stone first”.

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the winners of the competition, saying that debates taught students how disagree with others while paying respect to their faiths and ideas.

(16-11-2015)

 

35th Allama Iqbal Declamation begins at GCU

The 35th All Pakistan Allama Muhammad Iqbal Bilingual Declamation Contest has begun at the Government College University Lahore with the speeches charged with critical thought. The best orators of more than 40 educational institutions from all the federating units of the country are contesting for the coveted trophy at the two-day event spread over three sessions. 

GCU Debating Society President Muhammad Afzal Munir said students from all the strata of society had joined the one of the most prestigious and oldest declamation contests hosted by educational institutions at the national level. “Each participant, irrespective of his socio-ethnic roots, has put up a great show of talent in the arena of public speaking to mark his/her domination over others,” he added.

The serious topics that remained closely contested by the teams on the first day were: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” and “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall”. In the humorous category, the participants enthralled the audience with their wit and humor particularly on the topics: “It’s a mad, mad world” and “If wishes were fishes, we’d all cast nets”. In the Urdu category, the youth punctuated their speeches with fiery verses of Mirza Ghalib, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib.

The GCUDS President said that the All Pakistan Allama Iqbal Bilingual Declamation Competition had been a regular annual feature of Government College Lahore since 1980. He further said that this year there was a very tough competition among both the English and Urdu orators as the Best English Speaker would be awarded with the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal and a cash prize of Rs 25,000/- while the Best Urdu Speaker would receive the Dr Majeed Nizami Medal. The Government College former principal the late M.A Khan introduced Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal with a donation of Rs 500,000 in 2007. The University Debating Society had initiated the Dr Majeed Nizami Medal last year to pay tribute to the services of the eminent Old Ravian journalist.

(13-11-2015)

 

GCU orators lift team trophies

The Debating Society of Government College University Lahore lifted the prestigious team trophies at the two national declamations hosted by the Cadet College Jhang and FAST- NU Islamabad. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Debating Society Co-Advisor Mr Siddique Awan congratulated Qasim Raza, Ali Zar, Rana Qamar Iqbal and Abdullah Zafar on their excellent performances and individual positions at the declamation contests. Qasim Raza from GCU History Department was adjudicated the Best Urdu Speaker at Jhang. The Vice Chancellor said that GCU Debating Society was taking initiatives to ensure training and widespread participation of their students in healthy co-curricular activities all across the country.   

(09-11-2015)

 

 

GCU wins NAB Debates Contest

 

The Debating Society of Government College University Lahore won the All Pakistan Bilingual Declamation Contest 2015 hosted the by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) at the Alhamra Arts Council. About top 40 educational institutions of the country including Punjab University and FCC University took part in the debates contest. Kafeel Rana, a student of Psychology at GCU, was adjudicated the Best Urdu Speaker of the contest while Abdullah Naqvi from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore stood second in the category. GCU intermediate student Abdul Raheem Virk was third in the Urdu Debates. In English debates, GCU English Department student Hammad Shafi won the Best Speaker Award, while Quratullain from Kinnaird College and Arsalan Dulatana from GCU Political Science Department stood second and third. The team GCU also lifted the prestigious team trophy. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the GCU Debating Society on winning the prestigious debates contest.    

(06-11-2015)

 

GCU introduces Pashtu debates to promote cultural harmony

The Government College University Lahore for the first time introduced the Pashtu debates and made it a permanent feature of the university’s annual internal debates to promote national integration and cultural harmony. “Pashtu is the second largest regional language of Pakistan and also has a very rich history, values and traditions, so the GCU Debating Society is very proud to make Pashtu Debate part of its Annual Internal Debates 2015,” said GCU Debating President Afzan Munir while announcing the results.

The President proudly said that besides English and Urdu, they also had Punjabi debates for the last many decades.  “This is the first Pashtu debate. We received an encouraging response from students. About 22 speakers participated in the initial rounds and six in the finals of the Pashtu debate,” he said, adding that they held the proceedings of the Pashtu Declamation in Pashtu. Saad Khan, a student of English literature and resident of Charsadda District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was adjudicated the Best Pashtu Speaker.  

Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah highly appreciated the initiative of Debating Society to introduce Pashtu Debates, saying that GCU was a mini-Pakistan where students from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds studied together and also learnt from each other. He said these debates in regional languages played vital role in cultural integration of students. He hoped that GCUDS would also hold debates in other language subject to the availability of speakers.

Salman Marwat, the chief organiser of Pashtu Debates and student of final year BA (Hons) Political Science, said that more than 500 hundred Pashtu-speaking students studied at GCU and many of them had excellent oratory skills but they often felt hesitant to open up in early years of their education at GCU due to language barriers. The Pashtu debates would be the best platform for these Pashtun students. He said GCU faculty members Rashid Jahan and Asmat Ullah adjudicated the Pastu Debates. GCUDS General Secretary Raza Gillani said that GCU Debating Society had plans to hold inter-universities competitions of Pashtu Debates in which orators from KPK, Baluchistan and tribal areas would be invited. According the result details, Amna Sohail was declared the best English Speaker of GCU Internal Debates 2015 while Ibrar Hussain and Fahad bin Fraz secured first positions in Punjabi and Urdu debates. In humours English debates, Monhiba Ahmed was adjudicated first, while Ali Zar won the humorous debates in Urdu.

Prof Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the winners of the debates and wished them success in the future.

(21-10-2015)

GCU wins SUPARCO debates

The Debating Society of Government College University Lahore has won the All Punjab Bilingual Declamation Contest 2015 hosted by the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) in connection with the celebrations for International Space Week. As many sixteen top educational institutions of the country including Punjab University and University of Education participated in the debates contest. GCU orator Rana Muhammad Kafeel was declared the Best Urdu Speaker, while his university fellow Ali Zar got the first prize in the English humorous category for his hilarious speech on the topic “English is a funny language”. Wajeeha Naseem from a private college stood first in English serious category. The team GCU was adjudicated the overall best team of the competition and lifted the prestigious team trophy. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah congratulated Rana Muhammad Kafeel and Ali Zar on their achievement and also wished them success in the future. Talking to media, Ali Zar said that debates broaden their vision besides promoting tolerance among students towards the beliefs and ideas of other students. He said debates also played a vital role in their personality development and character building. 

(09-10-2015)

 

 


 


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