RAWALPINDI - The Directorate of Federal Government Educational Institutions (FGEI) Cantt and Garrison organized annual All Pakistan Sports and Co-curricular Activities to encourage and promote the spirit of health competition among the students.

During the year 2012, Qiraat and Naat competitions, English and Urdu declamation contests, Fine Arts and Home Economics competitions were held in women colleges under the administration of FGEI (C/G) Directorate.

In this connection, a prize distribution ceremony for the position holders of these competitions was held at the Federal Government (FG) Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road here on Thursday.

The ceremony was presided by Brig Raheel Ashraf, Director FGEI GHQ while Begum Sadia Raheel Ashraf, Lt Col Atlas Khan Marwat GSO-I Directorate, Col Tasleem-ul-Haq and principals of concerned colleges were also present on the occasion.

Besides individual prizes, trophies were also awarded to the Best College in Co-curricular activities and overall best college. A trophy was also presented to the Best Region.

Brig Raheel, in his address, said that sports and co-curricular activities were held annually to ensure a healthy body and a healthy mind. He advised the young students to focus on the enlightenment of mind, coupled with fitness of the body.

The 311 institutions run by FGEI C/G Directorate, he said, were not set up merely to produce literate beings with bookish knowledge, but to groom young minds by teaching them a purpose and meaning in their lives and by providing them a platform to discover their hidden potentials.

“Sports and co-curricular activities are a step in this direction” Raheel said adding that participation in these events imparted confidence to the young people and made them learn tolerance and sportsmanship, which were helpful in character building.

He also appreciated the active participation of colleges from as for as Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, which indicated their spirits of competition motivated by the desire to grow and develop.

He referred to the teachers as “the real agents of change, who discover diverse people with diverse talents”, such as Qaris, Naat Khwans, athletes, singers, speakers and artists etc. He also congratulated the winners, their parents, colleges on their achievements. This gracious ceremony closed with the recitation of National Anthem.

In Husn-e-Qirat competition Sajida Ishaq of FG PG College for Women, Wah Cantt got 1st prize, Mehwish Lodhi of FG PG for Women Kashmir Road secured 2nd prize whereas Anum Zaman of FG Inter College Karachi Cantt received 3rd prize.

In Naat Khwani Competition Sobia Hameed of FG Degree College for Women Abid Majeed Road, Cantt secured 1st prize.

In English Declamation Competition, Afifa Yousaf of FG Postgraduate College for Women Kashmir Road bagged the first position, and Maria Mir of  FG Degree College for Women Abid Majeed Road got 2nd  while Daniya Ahmed of FG Postgraduate College for Women Wah Cantt clutched 3rd prize.

In Urdu Declamation Contest Sara Tanvir of FG Postgraduate College for Women Kashmir Road got 1st prize. The 2nd prize was conferred on Najam-us-Sahar of FG Degree College for Women Abid Majeed Road and 3rd prize went to Muniba Faheem of FG Postgraduate College For Women, Wah Cantt.

Similarly, trophies and prizes were given to the first, second and third position holder students of various educational institutions. Being the recipient of maximum number of prizes in these competitions the FG Postgraduate College for Women Kashmir Road was declared the Best College.

Principal Nasreen Mirza received the Trophy for overall Bets College.  On the basis of regional performances of Colleges, Rawalpindi Region, was declared as the best region and its trophy was received by Col Tasleem-ul-Haq GSO-1 Rawalpindi Region. At the end, Brig Raheel Ashraf distributed prizes and merit certificates among the position holders.