Rajouri student earns laurels for J&K in national contest

Bags 2nd prize in extempore speech competition
Rajouri student earns laurels for J&K in national contest
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Rajouri, June 26: Ayesha Kouser dazzled one and all with her vision as she made an extempore speech on a tricky subject of ‘public administration.’

No wonder, the result, too, was on the anticipated lines.

With great ease, this 19-year old daughter of the soil bagged second position in an all-India level contest, winning laurels for the entire J&K.

An extempore speech contest was organised by Lovely Professional University (LPU) of Jalandhar through virtual mode.

Over 100 contestants drawn from different colleges across India participated in it.

Originally hailing from Darra village of Thanamandi, she presently lives with her parents Ghulam Mustafa and TahiraParveen in Kheora locality of Rajouri town.

Ayesha impressed with her clear perception about the chosen subject and her elucidatory skills.

A distinctive fact about her was that the ‘public administration’ was not her regular subject in the college yet still she excelled.

She is a student of Bachelor of Arts (BA) 2nd semester in Himalayan Degree College Rajouri.

“Political Science and not ‘public administration’ is my regular subject in college. But I opted for it for this contest. My interest and not my curriculum prevailed while I had to choose my topic for the contest. Actually, I aspire to be a civil servant to serve my motherland,” Ayesha said in an interview to Greater Kashmir.

Ayesha recalled how she had prepared herself for this keenly-fought contest.

“I was informed about this competition on June 24. So I had just one day to prepare for the event scheduled for June 25 through virtual mode. I decided to speak on the theme 'Coronavirus and its impact on the government'. I shared my views on how the government was tackling Covid crisis and how this pandemic was leaving an impact on its functioning,” she said. “I outlined how Covid pandemic was being dealt with through a series of measures undertaken by the government. I also talked about the pressure on the nation's economy, upgradation of the health sector and other related aspects."

The result was amazing for her. Her distinctive achievement has made her parents proud.

Ayesha’s father is a medical assistant in the Health department while get mother is an employee in the Social Welfare Department.

About her inspiration and aim in life, she said, “My main inspiration is my maternal uncle Advocate Zaheer Abbas Mughal who always supports me and motivates me to fulfill my dream of becoming a civil servant. Equally supporting and inspiring are my parents and my teachers. They were the moving spirit behind me as I geared up myself for this event. Their unflinching support made me confident to achieve this distinction.”

On what attracted her to a tricky subject of public administration, Ayesha said, “To me this subject is directly related to a common man and his life. The government’s functioning and the civil servants impact the life of the citizens. I want to contribute in this direction.”

Meanwhile, Himalayan Degree College Rajouri in its official statement said that Ayesha Kouser, the student of college, brought laurels for the institution as well as for entire PirPanchal range by exhibiting exceptional performance in an all-India level extempore speech competition.

“She outshone the participants from all over India and got 2nd position in the country. She has won accolades from across the country for her phenomenal performance. The college management extends heartiest congratulations to this illustrious daughter of the soil."

It has announced a medal of excellence, a citation and other awards which would be presented to her in a ceremony to be organised shortly.

"Having an excellent academic career she is aspiring to be a civil servant and is preparing for the UPSC exams,” the college said while hailing her achievements.

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