LAHORE - The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan held the HEC General Sports Trophy 2020-2021 Sports Scholarships and Prize Money ceremony at the University of Central Punjab. The chief guest of the ceremony was Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training in Pakistan; the guest of honour for the event was Ms Shaista Sohail, Executive Director HEC and Vice Chancellors of various participating and winning universities. The auspicious guests were welcomed by Mian Amer Mehmood, Chairman Punjab Group, Prof. Sohail Afzal, Executive Director Punjab Group, and Dr. Nassar Ikram, Pro-rector UCP. General Trophies were awarded to the first, second, and third place for national-level participation for both men and women. 70+ cash prizes and scholarship cheques were distributed among the national medals winners who represented the HEC Pakistan University Sports Board.The overall Inter-University Championship Trophies for both men & women were also awarded for 2020-21. The University of Central Punjab emerged as the university with the most winnings and kept its winning streak alive by becoming the HEC General Sports Champions for the tenth time. Mr. Shafqat Mehmood congratulated UCP and Mian Amer Mehmood on the University of Central Punjab’s decade long winning streak of the HEC General Sports Trophy. He also congratulated HEC and appreciated its efforts in bringing sports and education at par with each other.

Mian Amer Mehmood culminated the event with a vote of thanks to the Federal Minister, Executive Director HEC and sportsmen and women and suggested improvements in education. He said only 100 public and private sector universities out of 200 plus universities participate in these games and 70 percent winners are from private universities. He hoped that revolutionary steps would be taken by the Prime Minister and Shafqat Mahmood to revive the sports and sportsmanship in Pakistan under the leadership of the.  He further added UCP feels incredibly proud that HEC selected UCP for this event because of our consistent performance in this field. He congratulated HEC to realise this in true essence by their recent project “Kamyab Jawan Sports Academies” - a programme intended to enhance university sports facilities by building infrastructure and providing coaching.