GCU, GIKI win annual UET debates
LAHORE: The Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Science and Technology (GIKI), Topi, and Government College University (GCU), Lahore, have won the annual English and Urdu All Parliamentary Style of Debates Championship at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore.
The main auditorium of the UET was packed with students from all over the country on Monday. The students showed enthusiasm, eagerness and passion during the debates, which continued from noon till the evening on its concluding day. The UET arranged the four-day championship for the first time in after the gap of many years. UET Vice Chancellor Lieutenant General (r) Muhammad Akram was the chief guest on the occasion. The function was arranged by UET Debating Society President Omar Farooq, General Secretary Rana Abid Hameed, Sarah Saleem and other members of the team. Ms Saleem told Daily Times that 18 of the 30 contesting teams from all over the country participated in the Urdu competition, while the other 12 contested the English championship.
The final contests both in Urdu and English championships were held between the GIKI (proposition) and GCU (opposition).
The GIKI team, which consisted on Sybtain Raza Badami, Saad Anis and Aleem Shaikhani, won the English debate. While, the GCU team, which consisted of Hassan Bilal Zaidi, Umer Siddique and Waqas Barlas, was the runner up. The English debate proposition was ‘This House supports the present government system of Pakistan’.
GCU team consisting of Rehman Azhar, Iqrarul Hassan and Salman Haider won the final of the Urdu debates, while GIKI students Hassan Khalid, Aeman Hassaan Lodhi and Muhammad Siddiquul Hassan secured the second position. The topic of the Urdu final debate was ‘Should Pakistan recognise Israel?’ Waqas Barlas of the GCU lifted the best speaker (English) trophy, while Aeman Hassaan Lodhi from GIKI was declared the beast Urdu speaker.
The UET vice chancellor awarded shields and trophies to the winning teams. Addressing the students, he said they should always consider national interests prior to any other thing. He also called for more people to participate in national interests.
He stressed the students to equip themselves with needed information for such parliamentary style debates. He congratulated the UET debating team for arranging the event. He informed the students that the UET would soon complete the computerised networking of its hostels.