After the success of the 1st National Policy Making Competition, YPDC-UOL Chapter organized its 2nd National Policy Making Competition from March 12 to 14, 2021 aimed at imparting hands on experience in policy making outside the classrooms environment and to enable the students refine their skills in policy memo writing and presentations.
Sixty teams from more than 26 universities from across Pakistan participated in this competition which focused on three modules i.e. Public Policy, Economy and Development and Foreign Policy.
Dr. Tehmina Aslam Ranjha (Assistant Professor/Research Fellow), Muhammad Ajmal Sandhu (Senior Lecturer and Research Associate), Hassan. F Virk (Lecturer), Kishwar Munir (Assistant Professor), Syed Ali Zia Jaffery (Research Associate) and Dr. Sania Muneer (Assistant Professor), all from UOL’s School of Integrated Social Sciences, constituted the internal jury of the event.
Dr. Salma Malik (Assistant Professor at the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad) and Khalid Banuri (First Director General Arms Control & Disarmament Affairs (ACDA) Branch of the Strategic Plans Division (2012-2107) played their part as the external adjudicators.
The three-day event commenced with the introductory discussions by Dr. Rabia Akhtar (HoD, School of Integrated Social Sciences—SISS, UOL), Mr. Sajjad Hussain (Head of Programs, National Dialogue Forum—NDF) and Dr. Tehmina Ranjha (Assistant Professor at SISS, UOL).
Dr. Akhtar gave a brief introduction about YPDC and appreciated its leadership for providing a platform to the students of Pakistan to exhibit their potentials. Mr. Hussain said, “YPDC is a platform where young people can share their points of view without any fight”. Day one of the event ended with the teams’ topic confirmation followed by a Hi-Tea.
Day two included panel discussions and a policy making session with the participants. Mr. Jaffery, Dr. Ranjha, Mr. Virk and Mr. Banuri made presentations on foreign policy, public policy, and economy and development and the internal and external factors that shape them.
Mr. Hassan highlighted the salience of water and Mr. Ali discussed the Afghan Peace Process and its regional and international implications. Dr. Ranjha talked about police reforms and the need for active engagement with the civil society. The day ended with a cultural night performance by the UOL Music Society and Arts and Culture Society followed by a dinner.
The final day of the competition included policy presentations by the participants and the announcement of their results.
NDF, YPDC applauded at the closure
During the closing ceremony, Dr. Saeed Shafqat (Professor and Founding Director Centre for Public Policy & Governance, Forman Christian College, Lahore) the chief guest called for the inclusion of youth in the policy making process of the country. He also applauded the efforts of NDF, YPDC and the University of Lahore in empowering the youth.
The mentor, Mr. Azam Jamil (certified CPD Life Coach with 44 years of experience in hospitality, tourism, management, marketing, operations, peoples’ management and training and development) called upon the youth to take up leadership roles in all spheres of life.
Different teams i.e. “The Two Economists” from University BUITEMS, Quetta, “Al Nasr” from Bahria University, Islamabad and “Altruist” from BUITEMS, Quetta, bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions and received shields from the chief guest.