ISLAMABAD - Students Week concluded at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Saturday.

Inter-university bilingual declamation and food festival were held at the last day of Students Week. In the inter-universities bilingual declamation contest more than fifteen universities participated. In the English contest, Hashim Mufti of NUST secured first position, Shuja Abbas of Punjab University got second and Afifa Fayyaz of Islamic International Islamic University obtained third positions. Abid Afzal of Azad Jammu Kashmir University, Muhammad Usama of Punjab University stood first and second positions respectively and Shahid Lateef of HITEC got third position in the Urdu declamation contest.

In Arfana Kalaam Saad Farooq of Quaid-i-Azam University, Peer Abdul Wajid of Sindh University Jamshooro and Adeel Musa Kazim of Federal Urdu University Islamabad got first, second and third positions, respectively.

A large number of university students and faculty members also witnessed the occasion. At the end chief guest Prof. Muhammad Munir, Vice Chancellor of PMAS-AAUR distributed shields and certificates among the winners.

Speaking on the occasion, chief guest said highlighted the importance of such competitions for the promotion of healthy activities among the students. He further said that active participation and involvement of the students in different extracurricular activities is a dire need of the day and essential for inculcating in them the sense of responsibility, discipline, obedience and punctuality. These activities go a long way in the development of character and personality. The Arid varsity administration tries its level best to involve its students in extracurricular activities and provide maximum facilities at its disposal to achieve the above objectives.

He said that these competitions provide a platform to students where they could demonstrate their skills. He hoped that such activities would be continued at all level in future as well. He also presented souvenirs to the judges.

Food Festival was organised by the Directorate of Students Affairs at the University campus. In which 35 different stalls of Pakistani food, drinks, music, books, formal & casual dresses, Jewelry and love jails were main features of the Festival.

The festival, which was well attended not only by the University’s students but also students from different institutions of twin cities and children with their families. The festival gave them a golden opportunity to dance, sing and prove their talent in extra-curricular activities. About 15 stalls, offering a variety of  food, also managed to pull big crowds while girls were keenly interested in stalls of palmistry. Stalls of barbeque, clothes, henna and other household items were especially set up for girls.

It may be recalled that Students’ Week was started on March 27, 2012, with the objective to create healthy literary activity in the University. Different competitions including Software Programming, Video games, Film Documentary / Photography, Poster, Flower arrangement, Punjabi Debate, Sports (Boys & Girls), Drama, Art Exhibition, Food Festival and Inter-universities level Qirat, Naat, Bilingual Declamation and Arfana Kalam, competitions were held during Students’ Week.