Studies, games and sports, and extramural activities are an essential part of a good education. Functions like annual function, social gatherings, debates, poet’s gatherings, farewell parties, prize-distribution, and get-together produce corporate sense among the students. They get a chance to show their talents. Union activities are meant to give parliamentary training to the students.
Functions are part of college traditions. In some functions old and new students come together. Annual function is generally held at the end of the academic year. This year the Annual function in our college was in the last week of March. Special cards were printed for inviting the guests and the ex-students. It was a three-day programme. The first day was reserved for English and Urdu debates. Pavilions were erected for holding the programmes during the night.
On the first day our beloved Principal presided the function. The topic of English Debate was: “Money is a Blessing”. Omer Tariq of 3rd Year got the first prize. The second and third prizes went to Miss Sadaf (2nd Year) and Farooq respectively. The proposition was rejected by the House. Makhloot Talim Hamarey Muashrey Ke Khilaf Hai (Co-Education is against our Culture) was Urdu topic.
There were budding speeches both far and against by the students. Urdu debate received a better response. First, Second and Third prizes went to Khurram, Bilal and Bushra respectively. There was no voting on the topic. On the Second-day Quiz competition and Bait-Bazi (Quoting Urdu Poetic Verses) were held. The Quiz teams were drawn year-wise. Prof. Latif Anwar was the Quiz-master. Second and third-year students carried the days. In Bait-Bazi the girls students fared better. There were two teams consisting of students of all the classes. Our Urdu Professor Dr. Amjad supervised the competition.
On the last day there was a packed gathering. The Committee had to arrange for special seats. In the beginning one-act play: ‘Badra Admi’ was staged. Some collegians sitting in a restaurant, are busy discussing the greatness of famous personages – Mr. Jinnah, Castro, Marx, Khumani etc. They are joined by a stranger, a hippy like person. He claims to be the greatest. All laugh at the foolish audacity of the chap who changes places during the hot debate. He empties the cup and takes leave in hurry. All burst into laughter. As they to go to the counter to pay, two of them find their pockets picked. The Manager of the hotel joins them and enjoys the fun. As he walks back to his seat, he also finds his cash box missing. All say in a chorus ‘Indeed, he was the greatest.
The last item Abdabi Adalat (Literary Court) lasted, till midnight. The charge was: “Teachers are Not Dutiful. Barrister Khalid was the Chief Guest. It was an open item. Students (mostly debtors) championed the cause of teachers versus students. It was the most successful items of the whole function. The Boys (lawyers) of the two sides surpassed in arguments and oratory. The Honourable Judge absolved the teachers.
The functions was very peaceful and disciplined as there was no Union Bazi. In the end our Principal thanked the guests and congratulated the students for making the function successful.