LAHORE  - The Government College University’s Debating Society Monday hosted debates on “Nationalism in 21st Century”, in which as many as 80 teams of the educational institutes from across the country participated. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman was the chief guest at the final round of the bilingual debate competition adjudicated by Barrister Haider Azhar, Umer Khan, Ali Javaid, Shahraiz Chishti, Raza Hassan, Awais Butt, Sheikh Bilal Khalid, Haider Abbas, Movees Sadique Nizami and Saad-ul Hassan.  The Lahore School of Economics (LSE) won the 19th GCU Parliamentary Style Debates 2014 and was declared the Best Urdu Team.

LSE also lifted Prof Dr Khalid Aftab Trophy for the Best English Team. However, GCU as host did not contest for coveted team trophies and individuals Raza Aftab Gillani from FAST National University was declared the Best Urdu Speaker of the contest, while Syed Muhammad Ali Abbass Shield for the Best English Speaker went to Hafiz Usman Tanvir from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Addressing the prize distribution ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that debates played vital role in character and intellectual grooming of students and all students should participate in such healthy activities. He said that the topic was very broad in sense and the style of the debaters was very impressive as compare to traditional styles.

”Nationalism cannot be ignored as it plays a vital role for spreading national harmony,” he said, adding that Pakistan was undergoing through its most critical time and facing problems like terrorism and illiteracy. He announced that GCU would continue to host such prestigious events for the debaters from all over Pakistan.