Inter-university ‘bilingual debate’ and ‘comedy skit’ competitions were held at the Preston University here on Tuesday. Students showcased their debating skills as well as their performing art talent in front of the audience.


These events were organised as part of the ‘Spring Splash 2012’ currently under way at the Islamabad Campus of Preston University.


The universities which participated in the bilingual debate were International Islamic University, Islamabad; Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad; Hamdard University, Islamabad; Federal Urdu University, Islamabad; SZABIST, Islamabad; Islamia College University, Peshawar; Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi; Foundation University, Rawalpindi; and Preston University’s Islamabad, Kohat, Peshawar and Lahore campuses.


In English debate, Nosheen Fatima of the Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, beat her counterparts to win first position. Second position in this competition was awarded to Amber Nadeem Malik of the International Islamic University, Islamabad. Mahrukh Mustansar of the Foundation University, Rawalpindi, got third position.


In Urdu debate, Amna Firdous of the Pir Mehr Ali Shah-University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi, grabbed first position. Second position went to Ammara Sajjad Qazi of the International Islamic University, Islamabad. Third position went to Shahbaz Ali of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.


Sheikh Hameed, chairman of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Red Crescent Society, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed prizes among the position-holders of English and Urdu debates. Preston University Chancellor Dr. Abdul Basit was also present on the occasion. Debating skills of the participating students were highly appreciated by the chief guest as well as the chancellor. They congratulated the students and their respective universities on winning positions in debates.


The ‘comedy skit competition’ showcased the artistic talent and confidence of students. The contestants were judged by their use of stage, getup, script and performance. There was no specific theme for the comedy skit and ‘nautanky’, skit, standup comedy, comedy ‘mushaira’ and humorous question and answer sessions were performed by students.


The judges for the comedy skit competition were Sajjad Gul, Khawar Lone and Hamoon Rasheed Chauhan. Students presented their best performances and were applauded whole-heartedly by the audience. Hamoon Rashid, while speaking on the occasion, said: “Since it is an inter-university competition so our expectations are much higher.” He said that all students have performed well, but a few have outclassed all.


In the ‘comedy skit competition,’ Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad; Islamia College University, Peshawar; Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi; SZABIST, Islamabad; Hamdard


University, Islamabad; and Preston University’s Islamabad and Peshawar campuses took part.


In the competition, first position was won by the team of Preston University, Islamabad Campus. Second position was awarded to the team of Preston University, Peshawar. The team of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, stood third in the competition.


Islamabad Chief Commissioner Tariq Pirzada was the chief guest at the award distribution ceremony of ‘comedy skit competition’. In his brief address on the occasion, he appreciated the performance of students of participating universities. He particularly appreciated the performance of the students of those universities which stood first, second and third in the competition.

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