Annual Sports Gala 2012
Since times immemorial sports have been a regular component of educational curriculum. In early Greek civilization of Sparta, Gymnastics, Sports, Martial Arts producing physical fitness were the crux of educational curriculum. Athens inspite of being well versed in Academics, philosophy, Science, Culture, poetry and arts had sports & Games as an inalienable part of the curriculum. We still harbor the traditions of the Olympiad in the world Olympic Games. Sports cater to the physical health and mental agility. Classroom stuff on its own can only create bookworms. Personality is created through sports. Sports create discipline, cooperation, mettle, courage, sportsman like spirit and sportsmanship to accept victory and defeat with grace. Sports create a sense of competition and the courage to excel and move forward. University of Gujrat is an innovative cum creative university and caters to the overall growth and development of human personality. That is why along with co-curricular activities games and sports hold an important place in our curricula. Sports gala celebrating athletic meet improvised with colourful games and jovial activities are the life blood of UOG and 17000 students of this university celebrate this festive event on the arrival of spring with zeal and zest. Nature itself creates a gusto of spring by spreading multicolored sweet smelling flowers enshrouding chirping and twittering birds which create a fitful backdrop for this glorious event. Sports Gala 2012 was celebrated on 20-22 March at Sports Ground Hafiz Hayat Campus. Students from all campuses: Govt Science College G.T Road, Marghzar College, Fatima Jinnah College, Railway Road College, Hafiz Hayat Campus; participated in the events.
Professor Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin honorable Vice Chancellor of the University was the Guest of Honour whereas Haji Imran Zafar MPA was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony on 21st of March 2012. Mr. Saeed Ahmad Wahla Commissioner Gujranwala Division was the Chief Guest on the closing ceremony on 22nd March 2012.
Inaugurating the gala, the Vice Chancellor remarked: Sport-grounds are classrooms without ceilings. We have employed co-curricular and extra-curricular activities as tangible means for character and personality development of students along with academic and curricular activities. Students are our real asset.
University of Gujrat (UOG) in its broader vision is student friendly. Soon Basket Ball and Volley Ball courts will be built along with the academic blocks. Games programs will be held throughout the year besides annual sports gala. UOG has proved that semester system does not produce bookworms but personalities of outstanding balanced character. I congratulate the chairman sports committee and its members for organizing such a colourful gala. Many colorful and interesting events are regularly presented in keeping with the UOG tradition. Students of different departments were wearing their colors. Pigeons were set free. Balloons surged up in the atmosphere. It was a day for the UOGians.
The Chief Guest Haji Imran in his inaugural Address remarked: The University of Gujrat (UOG) will soon have its own sports complex built up. Healthy minds can exist only in healthy bodies. Where playgrounds are operative hospitals become redundant. Sports gala of UOG is in keeping with the vision of the Chief Minister Mr Shahbaz Shareef. Today the students have presented their best discipline which is a testimony to the academic cum character development program of UOG under the visionary leadership of its Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin.
When Chief Guest Haji Imran along with the Vice Chancellor reached the Sports Ground, he was welcomed and cheered enthusiastically by the students. Students saluted the Chief Guest by a rhythmic march past. Haji Zafar also appreciated the winning of 4000 laptops by UOG students. He professed that under the leadership of Haji Nasir in the district their party will leave no stone unturned for the progress and development of education. The establishment of Nawaz Shareef Medical College and its excellent results consecutively for the last three years speak volumes of the services rendered by us in keeping with the demand. We will extend all possible financial help to the university. He distributed medals among winners of sports events. The Vice Chancellor presented Haji Nasir with a memento at this festive occasion.
Mr Saeed Ahmad Wahla Commissioner Gujranwala Division appreciated the creative cum innovative research paradigms. He appreciated the physical vigour cum skills in sports of students. UOG is artistically embedding sports, games, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities into the Academics.
The Vice Chancellor after giving away the prizes in his closing address expressed his joy and confidence in the successful closure of 2012 gala. He appreciated the services of all the organizers including the Chairman (SBC) Muhammad Mushtaq Bhatti, Deputy Director Sports Akhlaq Ahmad Khan, Coordinator Sports Ms Nasira Perveen.