HEC and UCP co-host the HEC General Sports Trophy 2020-2021 Sports scholarships and Prize Money Ceremony
Lahore, 8 October 2021.
The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan held the HEC General Sports Trophy 2020-2021 Sports Scholarships and Prize Money ceremony at the University of Central Punjab. The honourable chief guest of the ceremony was Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training in Pakistan; the Guest of Honour for the event was Ms. Shaista Sohail, Executive Director HEC and Vice Chancellors of various participating and winning Universities. The auspicious guests were welcomed by Mian Amer Mehmood, Chairman Punjab Group, Prof. Sohail Afzal Executive Director Punjab Group and Dr. Nassar Ikram, Pro-rector UCP.
General Trophies were awarded to the first, second, and third place for national-level participation for both men and women.
70+ cash prizes and scholarship cheques were distributed among the National Medals winners who represented the HEC Pakistan University Sports Board.
The overall Inter-University Championship Trophies for both Men & Women were also awarded for 2020-21.
The University of Central Punjab emerged as the university with the most winnings and kept its winning streak alive by becoming the HEC General Sports Champions for the tenth time.
Mr. Shafqat Mehmood addressing the audience congratulated UCP and Mian Amer Mehmood on the University of Central Punjab’s decade long winning streak of the HEC General Sports Trophy.
He also congratulated HEC and appreciated its efforts in bringing sports and education at par with each other.
Speaking to the honourable guests and attendants, Dr. Shaista Sohail, Executive Director HEC, defined Higher Education Commission (HEC), under the banner of the Pakistan University Sports Board (PUSB), act as a nursery to promote sports in Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) of Pakistan. Almost all major games are played regularly in HEI’s. In addition, HEC/PUSB organises 35 men and 25 women intervarsity championships every year throughout Pakistan. These competitions provide social contact, national harmony, build a healthy society, and promote sports culture in HEI’s. HEC is also going to add more sports for women in future.
Dr. Nassar Ikram, Pro-rector UCP, speaking at the occasion, said, “Our aim as universities is to produce graduates who are future leaders, team players, and tolerant individuals, who have other life skill components. And I must admire the efforts of HEC and other policymakers who attach significant importance to sports as a means to nation-building by creating a sense of national pride and unity.”
Mian Amer Mehmood culminated the event with a vote of thanks to the Honourable Federal Minister, Executive Director HEC and sportsmen and women and suggested improvements in education and revive the sports and sportsmanship in Pakistan under the leadership of Mr. Shafqat Mahmood. He further added UCP all feel incredibly proud that HEC selected UCP for this event because of our consistent performance in this field. He congratulated HEC to realise this in true essence by their recent project “Kamyab Jawan Sports Academies” – a programme intended to enhance university sports facilities by building infrastructure and providing coaching.