LAHORE:06 December : In connection with the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB’s) weeklong awareness programme against the menace of corruption in Pakistan, the Inter-University Drame Festival concluded at the Bukhari Auditoirum of Goverment College University (GCU) on Saturday.
Over 30 public and private universities participated in the event, in which the first position was clinched by University of Lahore, while Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) University and University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) grabbed the second and third positions respectively.
The students presented their criticism to corruption and corrupt element of the society in thought provoking script and performances. The Punjab University Institute of Communication (PUIC) team, led by Hammas Ahmed and Suhaib Mugheera, closed the event after standing ovation from the audience for their drama “Laadli”. “If the drama was showcased in a formal contest, it would have won the first position,” remarked jury member Ahmed Bilal.
Addressing on the occasion, NAB Lahore Director General Major (r) Syed Burhan Ali apprised the youth audience on the significance of their participation in the anti-corruption drive and role of character building societies established in all academic institution of the province in collaboration with NAB.
He praised the services of awareness and prevention wing teams including Maj (r) Ghulam Rasool and Muhammad Sajid.
He lauded the active and welcoming response form all vice chancellors of universities including Punjab University (PU), GCU and University of Engineering and Technology (UET).
Its worthy to mention that NAB recently launched 10,000 character building societies with a total number of around 100,000 member students in universities, colleges and schools at a ceremony held in UET Lahore. NAB chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry took oath form the CBS members that they would neither commit any corruption nor would they allow anyone in their circles to commit corruption.
The social scientists believe that NAB Lahore has put its hands on the pulse of people by activating its awareness and prevention (AnP) wing and increasing contacts with the youth of Punjab.
PU Dean Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Dr Zakriya Zakar said that as per the norm, “prevention is better than cure”, it is a step in the right direction to get the country ride of corruption, which after terrorism is the biggest issue of the country.
PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran said NAB Lahore deserves appreciation for this initiative, adding that by involving youth in the process, NAB has taken up a start that would soon start bearing fruits.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is expected between NAB Lahore and PU to enhance collaboration in this regard.
Earlier, a musical and poetry contest between schools, colleges and university in all three categories was organised at Institute of Communication with mesmerizing performances by the contestants.
UET Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Ahmed Fazal extended his all out support to the NAB authorities and urged the students to actively participate in the NAB societies.Daily Times.