A team of Information Technology University, Lahore has won the 39th All Pakistan Allama Muhammad Iqbal Bilingual Declamation Contest, hosted by the Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS).

The Ravian orators, Zain ul Hassan and Ali Sher Dil, opened and closed the House with their memorable speeches. However, they as hosts didn’t contest for medals.

ITU student Naveed Ahmed was adjudicated the Best Urdu Speaker of the declamation contest and awarded with the Dr Majid Nizami Medal, while University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore student Urooba Waqar was awarded the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal for the Best English Speaker of the event.

In the final round, the serious topics that remained closely contested by the teams were: “You have stolen our childhood”, “As the far right rises, the left is still asleep”, “This must not be the end of history” and “Education is a system of imposed ignorance”.

In the humorous category, the participants enthralled the audience with their wit and humour particularly on the topics: “The most I can do for my friends is simply to be their friends.”, “In the fight between you and the world, back the world”, “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity” and “The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast”.

Professor Dr Khurshidul Hassan Rizvi, a renowned national poet and Distinguished Professor of Arabic, was the chief guest at the final round of one of the country’s biggest gala. Speaking on the occasion, Professor Rizvi congratulated the GCU Debating Society for having won 324 national awards in Qiraat, Naat, Poetry and various forms of public speaking in the academic year 2018-19.

Addressing the prize distribution ceremony, GCU Dean of Languages, Islamic & Oriental Learning Dr Sultan Shah congratulated the winners on behalf of the vice chancellor.

In his message, Vice Chancellor Dr Asghar Zaidi regretted that he couldn’t attend this one of most prestigious debating gala due a pre-scheduled address at a global workshop in Washington, USA. “But, I am very happy that GCU Debating Society is maintaining its glorious traditions of oratory by picking up themes from contemporary issues for its declamation,” he said.

The vice chancellor also said that debates played a very crucial role in overall grooming and personality development of students. “It teaches how to disagree with others respectfully on the basis of rational arguments. It also teaches tolerance to listen and respect to the faiths and ideas of other people,” he concluded.

Eminent writer, critic Professor Dr Saadat Saeed adjudicated the debates along with Barrister Ummar Ziauddin, Shuja ur Rehman Dogar, Adnan Mohsin,  Awais Iqbal, Umer Khan, Omer Je Saleemi, Saad Ul Hassan, Ghadaun Aslam, Zahid Ali and  Awais Ahmed Malik.

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