Govt universities hold competitions under Punjab Youth Festival


LAHORE: Government universities held different competitions under Punjab Youth Festival (PYF) 2014 in the city on Thursday.
Government College University (GCU) and University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) held Dry Flower and Painting Competition, Cultural Project Exhibition, Short Films contest and a Tug of War competition. The students of GCU also staged Punjabi folk tale “Heer Ranjha” and won the first prize at divisional level. Radio artist Naheed Saeed and Aneela Saleem adjudicated the performance of the students. The character of Heer was performed by Marium Hassan Naqvi and Ranjha by Komal, while the role of Heer’s friends was performed by Jabeen, Nida Saleem Sheikh, Hifza Tahir and Iqra Gilani. The performance received a big round of applause from the judges and audience.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman appreciated the performance of his students in the drama festival, saying that theatre had an important function to reform society.
Aneela Saleem said that youth festival was a good platform for the students who wished to start their professional career as actors.
Appreciating the GCU drama cast, she said that as beginners, these young actresses had performed excellent.
Naheed Saeed said that being a Ravian, she had performed several times on the stage of GCU Bokhari Auditorium. She lauded the background of the stage and music, played along with the play.
The GCU Horticulture Society held Dry Flower and Painting Competitions on the theme of promoting peace in the country. 
Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman was chief guest at the competition, which was adjudicated by GCU Fine Arts Department chairperson Irfanullah Babar and Aamna Anwar.
Around 45 teams, including GCU, Punjab University, University of Education, Queen Mary College and Naqsh College, participated in the competitions held in three categories; Dry Flower, Shirt Painting and Poster Painting.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman said terrorism was the biggest threat to Pakistan as economic prosperity could thrive only in peace. He also appreciated the flower decoration by students, saying that flowers are the symbol of peace and they cast positive impact on thinking of a person. 

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