HEC postponed students convention
ISLAMABAD, May 15(Dawn): Considering the prevailing security situation in the
capital city, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has postponed its three-day
annual students convention which was scheduled to start on May
Officials involved in organising the event said that though the
decision was yet to be made public it had been decided in principle that the
event would be organised some time later.
For the last over four years,
the HEC has been organising the students convention on an annual basis during
which top debaters from higher educational institutions are selected to speak
their mind on a given topic.
President General Pervez Musharraf attended
the last three conventions as chief guest and listened to the speeches of the
Under the HEC convention format, at the initial state debate
competitions are held at the university level, then at provincial level and
finally successful orators are selected to take part in the national students
This year too, the HEC had almost completed the necessary
arrangements. However, at the eleventh hour it was decided by the high-ups of
the HEC to postpone the event.
In reply to a question, an official in the
HEC said, "We will see when it would be feasible because under current situation
we can not give a final date because things seem getting messier with every
To another question, the official accepted that some of the
participating students, especially females, had declined to travel to Islamabad
citing security concerns.
"Since, it's a students show, without their
participation the HEC can not move forward with the programme," he added.