2015 Shahjiwana Debating Championship

Sarah Tarar reports on the annual Debating Championship hosted by University College Lahore, in which 92 teams participated
2015 Shahjiwana Debating Championship
Participants at the 2015 Shahjiwana Debating Championship
Shahjiwana is organized by the University College Association of Debaters, one of the most prominent and active debating societies of the Pakistani circuit

The biggest, most prestigious and only international debating competition in Pakistan was held this February at University College Lahore. UCL has been hosting this competition, ‘Shahjiwana International Debating Championship’, for 18 years, and has hosted more than 100 teams consecutively for the past two years for both English and Urdu debate.

Shahjiwana is Pakistan’s biggest and oldest British Parliamentary Style Debating Competition. For the past 12 years the competition has transformed into an international event with teams participating from India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Despite security concerns, we continued to enjoy international participation from Kabul University Afghanistan. We also benefited from a brilliant adjudication core consisting of Syed Saddiq from International Islamic University Malaysia, Syed Suhaib from Kashmir University and Syed Raza Hassan from University College Lahore. Justice (r) Fazal Karim was the chief guest of the event.

This year there were 92 teams participating. Out of these, 60 participated in the English debate and 32 in the Urdu debate. The winners for English Universities were the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The runner-up team was Sunset Utd, a team consisting of UCL alumni. The title of Best Speaker went to Hafiz Usman from LUMS.

Of the English U-19 teams in participation, the winners were Westminster Islamabad and the runner-up team was LGS Paragon. The title of Best Speaker went to Taha Masud from Westminster Islamabad. Mr Saad Waseem, Country Head, University of London International Programmes (Pakistan) adjudicated the final along with four other adjudicators.

Out of the Urdu Teams, the winning team was representing FAST Lahore and the runner-up team was from GCU Lahore. The title of Best Speaker in Urdu debate went to Abrar Butt from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET).

Shahjiwana is organized by the University College Association of Debaters (UCAD), one of the most prominent and active debating societies of the Pakistani circuit. Every year UCL and UCAD strive to conduct a better event than ever before, which is only possible through the participation and appreciation of the debate circuit.