LAHORE - Government College University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq Monday honoured the 26 best debaters, singers and instrumentalists of the university for their extraordinary performances in the national competitions during the academic year 2010-11. The VC hosted a special reception in honour of these orators and singers at the GCU Syndicate Committee Room which was also attended by Debating Society Adviser Prof Siddique Awan, Nazir Ahmed, Music Society Incharge Tariq Suleman Farani and Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Siddique Awan said that the GCU Debating Society had performed exceptionally well this year and was all set to break its own record of winning 148 oratory awards in one academic year. He said that although declamation had historically been GCUs strong point, in recent years, the Debating Society has made its mark in extemporary public speaking. GCU Music Society Incharge Tariq Farani said music was a purist form of art. Moreover, it is the most essential part of all the cultures on this earth. He said that GCU NAMS had been playing its role to polish these students and make them little bit professional in this field of music along with their academics. He proudly told the VC that GCU Nazir Ahmed Musical Society (NAMS) had secured top positions in all the music competitions. Farani said that the GCU NAMS clean swept the All Pakistan Music Conference with overall six distinctions and lifted the prestigious Syed Wajid Ali Trophy. He said that NAMS had also lifted the team trophy for the sixth consecutive year at the 10th All Pakistan Music Festival held at the Chand Bagh School beating the singers from the 72 prime educational intuitions of Pakistan. Talking to the students, Prof Ikramul Haq congratulated the students on their extraordinary performances in the national competitions. He said that the co-curricular activities especially debates play pivotal role in grooming the students. He said such debates taught students how to disagree with others while paying respect to their faiths and ideas. GCU always promoted the culture of tolerance and intellect through debates, seminars and publications. Being the bastion of liberal education in Pakistan, GCU has nurtured some of the most prominent luminaries of the world, he added.