Education gala: Two-day Express Education Expo concludes in capital

Published: May 15, 2015
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Views of different stalls at the Express Education Expo. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

Views of different stalls at the Express Education Expo. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: 

With a jam-packed venue on the last day, the two-day Express Education Expo 2015 which concluded on Thursday turned out to be a mixed bag of opportunities for students, universities and education consultants.

The event was organised by Express Group. It was the third in a row of education expos the group holds every year. Minister for Information Pervaiz Rasheed inaugurated the event on Wednesday. It attracted thousands of students and people from Rawalpindi and other cities.

Views of different stalls at the Express Education Expo. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

Besides providing latest information about academic programmes, courses and fee structure, the expo also witnessed tough competition in extra-curricular activities including dance and fashion show among different universities.

More than 20 institutes including HEC, the Oxford University Press, and Abasyn University, University of Lahore, British Council, Pakistan Testing Service, Islamabad Medical and Dental College and others also put up their stalls at the expo.

On the first floor, a hallway from the painting contest, the robotics group of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) displayed their footie-bots. Humayoun Shabbir was one of the 15 students of CASE who were displaying stunts of robots. “Yes it is indeed a forum to display our experiments we carried out successfully during our projects,” he said.

Akhtar Nazir was leading a group of 15 students from The Allied School Gujar Khan and showing them different stalls.

OUP stall was thronged by different students for mind games, brain teasers and such followed by gifts. A few stalls of old and new books were also set up with 20 to 50 per cent discount.

Similarly, the expo was a fun and a learning experience for Sidra Bukhari who had come to explore IT related programmes offered by the participating institutes. Dani Consultants, foreign education advisers, was also abuzz with students. “We received more than 700 visitors in two days and the most sought after subject for information is scholarship offers in engineering,” said Sajid Mehmood, one of the representatives at the stall.

Views of different stalls at the Express Education Expo. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

Meanwhile, students from different universities including Gomal University, Virtual University, and University of Lahore among other educational institutions performed stage plays as part of a theatre competition. Virtual University’s stage play received standing ovation after emotional display of performance about defeating terrorism and shelving extremist approaches.

Among the most awaited contests was the fashion show. The winners were to be announced later in the evening with trophies and shields, like previous years.

In the dance competition, Comsats Abbotabad was the winner, followed by National University of Modern Languages and Bahria University Islamabad which stood second and third, respectively.

Bahria University Islamabad won the selfie contest which was held for the first time. University of Lahore was declared winner in painting competition, Preston University Islamabad won the drama contest. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Science and Technology won the title of Battle of Bands. Students from the varsities were cheering and swaying around triumphantly after receiving the winning awards.

The expo was part of the series of education expos by Express Group held in Karachi and Lahore as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2015. 

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