To harness the potential of public speaking in students, an interdepartmental declamation contest was arranged at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Friday.
Nineteen students from departments of Arabic, English, Economics, Education, Engineering, Information Technology, Governance and Organisational Sciences, International Relations (IR), Management Sciences and Mass Communication participated in the English and Urdu declamation contest.
Each contestant was given four minutes in which to make their arguments based on the present day social, cultural, economical and geo-political aspects of life. They displayed command over delivery and literary diction.
NUML Debating Society Chairperson Arshad Mehmood said, “The purpose of such events is to develop the art of public speaking, promote confidence and sense of responsibility amongst students.”
In the English category, Muhammad Shahbir from Arabic Department won the first position, Aurooj Qaiser from English Department secured the second position while Muhammad Ikhlas from IR Department secured the third position and consolation prizes went to Muhammad Umer Farooq of Governance Department and Sarmad Bashir of Mass Communication Department respectively.
Meanwhile, in the Urdu category, Arif Qureshi of English Graduate Studies Department was declared first, Sajif Abbas from Urdu Department stood second while Sajis Ali Niazai of Arabic Department won the third position.
NUML Rector Maj Gen (retd) Masood Hasan was satisfied with the speeches, saying that the speakers will be performing a very active part in the development of their country in coming future. Prizes were then distributed.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2012.