Karachi, Feb 08: All Pakistan Bilingual Declamation Contest was held at Defence Authority Degree College, Karachi. Sixteen teams from reputed educational institutions of the metropolis and four outstation teams from Hyderabad, Lahore and Quetta comprising two speakers each for English and Urdu declamation participated in the event. Mr Zia Mohyeddin, a distinguished celebrity was the chief guest of the event. Mr Naseer Turabi, Mr Abdullah Jamal, Mr Anjum Rizvi and Ms Saher Khan were the judges for Urdu and English declamation contests respectively.
The young speakers eloquently spoke on various serious and humorous topics displaying their brilliance, talent, oratory skills and art of persuasion. In their fiery English and Urdu speeches they used innovative and imaginative techniques and debating prowess to present their point of view effectively.
The chief guest appreciated the zeal, enthusiasm and spirited approach of the speakers and highlighted the intricacies and modalities of a declamation contest. He emphasized the significance of correct pronunciation, research work, reading and depth of knowledge as a pre-requisite to excel in the field and art of declamation. He also advised the speakers to remain firm, confident and eloquent with a touch of politeness and mannerism in their discourse.
Dr Farhat Agha, the Principal of the college in her welcome address highlighted the achievements of the college in academics and co-curricular activities. She said that the college provided a dynamic environment that prepared the students to become confident, self assuring and forward looking individuals who can face the challenges of life boldly and successfully. She added that declamations, debates and discussions held regularly at the college provided the students an effective forum for enlightenment of mind and for grooming of leadership qualities in them.
In English Declamation contest student of Agha Khan Secondary School bagged 1st position, student of Defence Authority Public School secured second position and student of Defence Authority College for Women got the 3rd position.
In Urdu Declamation Bahria College NORE-I secured 1st position, Sir Syed University Karachi got 2nd position and Mehran University Hyderabad bagged 3rd position. The coveted trophy of the declamation was won by Bahria College NORE-I.
In the end the chief guest distributed certificates and shields among the participants of the declamation contest. Director Education DHA presented a memorable shield to the chief guest.