LAHORE:18 August:Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif Friday said that Pakistani youth were highly talented and were proving their mettle all over the world.
He said that Pakistani students winning top position in the debating contest held at international level had made the whole nation proud. He also announced setting up Chief Minister’s Debating Society within two weeks.
Talking to the members of Pakistani debating team which had won first position in the world in the debating contest on Friday, the chief minister said that the Punjab government had been regularly arranging writing and speech contests for the students for last four and a half years and cash prizes of millions of rupees had been awarded to the winners of these competitions. He said that such contests polished the talent of students and promoted confidence among them. In addition to academic, he said, co-curricular activities should also be encouraged at universities, colleges and schools and maximum essay writing and debating contests arranged at educational institutions.
Punjab Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, the secretaries the Higher Education and the Schools, the chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, the chairman of the Punjab Youth Council and the parents of the members of the debating team were also present.
The chief minister said that debating contests between the students of the universities, colleges and schools of Punjab with that of other provinces should be arranged.
While setting up a committee headed by Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, the chief minister issued directions to arrange such contests between educational institutions of Punjab with other provinces, besides taking measures for establishment of the chief minister’s Debating Society.
It may be mentioned that 45 countries, including America, South Korea, Britain, Canada and South Africa had taken part in PDC 2012 arranged by Idea Youth Forum Mexico and Pakistani debating team won the first position by defeating South Korean team in the final.
The chief minister gave a cheque of Rs 500,000 to Pakistani debating team on its splendid success.
The Pakistani debating team comprised Azeem Liaqat of Salamat International Campus for Advanced Studies, Lahore, Ahmed Shujaan of Atchison College and Zainab Hameed of Karachi Grammar School.The news.