Islamabad - A three-day Youth Carnival commenced at the Institute of Space Technology (IST) yesterday, one of the largest events nationwide featuring 60 different events with the participation of about 50 universities from all over Pakistan.

The carnival encompasses diverse blend of events providing means of interest to a wide variety of aptitudes.

The students are encouraged to display their oratory, planning, technical, artistic and cognitive skills while participating in various competitions.

The event started off with an elegant opening ceremony wherein Wasim Sohail Hashmi Syed, Advisor Human Resource Development, Higher Education Commission (HEC) graced the occasion as a chief guest. While addressing on the occasion, he said that the co-curricular activities in educational institutions are very important.

These activities help students to develop an understanding of human nature, how to lead and be lead, the dynamics of working in a team, motivating people and getting the maximum output from them. He also emphasised on the importance of role models, how the virtues of fairness, politeness, integrity and honesty helps in achieving the high standards in professional life.

The first day events included competitions of Qiraat, Hamd and Naat, Business Plan, Journalism, Lithe Copter, Glider Design and Fly, Bilingual Essay Writing, Bilingual Story Writing, Avion Faire, IYC Selfie Contest, Singing, 3D CAD Modeling, Bridge Breaking, Circuit XIX, Design to Drive, Wall Graffiti, Painting, Sketching, Calligraphy, Visage Canvas Workshop, On Spot Photography, e-Poster Designing, e- Gaming,Drama, MIME , Dance and Sports like Basketball, Table Tennis, Futsal &Tennis.

The IST Youth Carnival 2016 provided an important platform for the university students from all across Pakistan to get to know each other, develop links that would pave a way for cooperation and collaboration in future. Over 1500 participants of 40 universities from all across Pakistan turned up on the first day, which is likely to increase on the second and third day.

The second day will comprise several competitions namely Bilingual Declamation, Egg Drop, Visage Canvas, Photo Story, Water Rocket, Business Plan, Community Learning Workshop, Product Rebranding, Mic Geek, Photon Fun, Logic Chef, Logo Designing, T-Shirt Designing, Concept Wars, Scrap Tech, e-Gaming, Singing, Battle of Bands, Dare to Conquer (Mathematical Hunt), Fashion Entrepreneurial Challenge, and Sports semifinals.

The third day will cover Urdu Poetry Competition, e- Gaming, Redefining Pakistan, Code Jam, Short Films, Escape from Infinity, and Sports finals.

A prize distribution ceremony will be held on the last day to acknowledge the winners of different competitions.

This event will also recognise the contributions of adjudicators, who are the renowned specialists and experts of their respective areas.