RAWALPINDI - Students Week of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUR) Rawalpindi was commenced here at the university premises on Tuesday with an objective to create healthy literary activities among the students. Different competitions, including software programming, video games, film documentary and photography, poster, flower arrangement, essay and story writing, Punjabi debate, sports (boys & girls), drama, arfana kalam, art exhibition and inter-universities level Qirat, Naat, bilingual declamation and solo performance (drama) will be held during Students Week. The first day of the event commenced with software programming competition, in which 12 students participated from different departments of the university. The purpose of the competition was to improve the programming skills, logical thinking and presenting skills of the students. The judges of the competition were Zia-ul-Haq Farani, Nadeem Malik and Muhammad Altaf. According to the judgment as per criterion, the winners for the software competition were Muhammad Shahzad 1st and Haseeb 2nd. Dr Rauf-i-Azam, Director University Institute of Information Technology (UIIT) was the chief guest. Addressing on the occasion, he said that extra-curricular activities play a pivotal role in enhancing the physical and mental capabilities of the students, adding that students, by involving themselves in such activities, improve their skills and also expose themselves to an opportunity of interaction with each other in a more affable manner. The 2nd competition of the day was art exhibition, in which 14 students participated Shumalia Noreen (Student of Veterinary Sciences) secured 1st and Sidra Kiran (Student of Women Division) secured 2nd position. In exhibition glass paintings, jewellery boxes, gift boxes, hand made cards, dry leaf cards, traditional handicrafts, fabrics paintings, calligraphic work, cartoon, sculptures, abstract art, posters and coin collection were displayed by the students. Dr Azra Khannum, Director, Women Division was the chief guest on the occasion. She appreciated the efforts of the students and hoped that the fertile minds of the young artistic would produce new items and techniques. She said such type of competition encourage the amateur artistic to further develop their artistic skills and imagination. The third event of the Students Week was video games competition with an aim to provide leisure and increase mind ability of the students. It was a competition among faculties on the virtual ground. In the competition, Saad Serfraz (Student of Agriculture BSc Hons) stood 1st and Hamza Shahbaz (Student of Veterinary Faculty) stood 2nd.