NUST hosted its first British-Parliamentary Style Debating Tournament this winter, where a massive Debating and Recitation Society at LUMS (DRUMS) contingent reached to take part.
A DRUMS member since the past three years, Inshirah Tahir, a Computer Science Major at LUMS, was requested by the NUST Debating Society to be one of the Chief Adjudicators of the tournament.
The tournament held from December 7-9, 2018 only comprised of an English Category for this season, within which six teams were sent by DRUMS out of a total of more than fifty teams from varsities from Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad.
LUMS dominated most of the tournament, six of the top ten breaking teams were from LUMS, three of the four teams were in the grand finals, while six of the top eight speakers were from LUMS. The DRUMS team represented by Humanities and Social Sciences freshmen, Ahsan Muhammad and Muhammad Ashar were declared Runner Ups. Both freshmen were also the fourth and fifth Best Speakers of the Tournament, respectively. Uswah-e-Fatima, Humanities and Social Sciences freshman and Momina Khurshid, Law Sophomore were ranked as the second Best and third Best Speakers of the tournament, respectively. Zaid Abro, Economics sophomore and Rahul Hussnain, Economics and Politics sophomore found themselves tied for the 5th spot with Ahsan.
While not taking the crown in the end, despite the odds, this tournament was a showcase that the art of public speaking is not one which is limited to a particular major or school within LUMS, it is one that all can conquer. It also shows the success with which DRUMS has been able to enfranchise students from varying fields.