HEC is focusing on extracurricular activities
ISLAMABAD, Oct 26: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman and Federal Minister Dr
Attaur Rehman said on Thursday that the HEC was striving to focus on
extracurricular activities along with academics to prepare the youth to meet
He said this while addressing the prize
distribution ceremony of the 11th All Pakistan Inter-University debate contest
where 30 students from all over the country participated.
In the English
debate, Iqra University of Karachi won the Allama Iqbal Shield while the
University of Peshawar won the shield in Urdu debates. Dr Atta informed the
winners that the top two position holders of the English debate would
participate in the SAARC debate competition that would be held at the end of
this year. He emphasised that students should participate in extracurricular
activities that made them aware and assertive. He said that all students who
participated in this debate competition were alive to the ongoing political,
social and economic conditions prevalent in the country.
extracurricular activities exposed students to the abilities required to excel
in practical life, adding that extracurricular and academic activities go hand
in hand to make students confident. He said 54 percent of the population of
Pakistan was below the age of 19 and required more funding and attention to give
them direction in different disciplines.
The chairman said the HEC was
providing the maximum number of opportunities to talented students so they could
contribute to the country's development.
He said the HEC was planning to
send as many as 800 students to universities abroad to get higher education in
their disciplines. He said that talented students would be provided with
scholarships in the fields of social sciences and natural sciences. He said the
government had equipped 18 universities with the facility of video conferencing
to allow students to share their knowledge with scholars in developed countries.
The chairman also said that the rest of the universities would be equipped with
the facility within six months.
Speaking at the occasion, HEC Member
Academics Dr Riazul Haq Tariq said it had been educational to listen to the
debates and mentioned that the participants had reached the national competition
by winning both a local and a regional debate competition. The winners of the
English Debate were Asma Rabbani from Quaid-e-Azam University who had won the
first prize of Rs 25,000, Sofia Chee from Iqra University, Karachi who won the
second prize of Rs 20,000 and Hamda Hafeez from Iqra University, Karachi who won
the third prize of Rs 15,000.
In the Urdu Debate, Farhan Ali Zaib from
the University of Sindh, Jamshoro won the first prize, Murad Saeed from the
University of Peshawar won the second prize and Rana Muhammad Ikram Khan from
the Agriculture University, Faisalabad won the third prize. Daily Times
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