Higher Education Commission, Islamabad has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote
extra-curricular activities at university/DAI campuses including All Pakistan Inter-University Declamation
Contest for Award of "Allama Iqbal Shield" as an annual activity with the objectives to: Promote national integration, communication skills and critical thinking among the students. Encourage tolerance, non-violence, and respect for others point of view. Enhance understanding of socio-economic and political issues among students of various regions of Pakistan. Divert energies of students towards healthy activities and creative thinking.
The contest is first organized at the universities level wherein students from all the departments of all public & private universities and constituent colleges take part. 1st , 2nd and 3rd position holders at
university level (each in English and Urdu) receive cash prizes of Rs.5,000/-, 3,000/- and 2,000/-
Second round is organized at Regional level in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Islamabad (for Federal, AJK, FATA/Gilgit-Baltistan, Universities). 1st , 2nd and 3rd position holders at regional level (each in
English and Urdu) receive cash prizes of Rs.15,000/-, 10,000/- and 8,000/- respectively.
Three top scorers of both Urdu and English contest take part in Final/National Round organized in HEC
Islamabad. The winners of the final competition both in Urdu and English are given the "Allama Iqbal Shield" and 1st , 2nd and 3rd position holders (each in English and Urdu) receive cash prizes of Rs.100,000/ ,75,000/- and 50,000/- respectively. For encouragement of students, every contestant is given a certificate
and replica of the Shield.
Tentative schedule for holding the 19th All Pakistan Inter University Declamation Contest for Award of
"Allama Iqbal Shield" is as under:
1. First Round (Intra-University Level) November 2016 – January 2017
2. Second Round (Regional/Provincial Level) February –March, 2017
3. Final Round (National Level) April, 2017