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Subject:     Regarding Debate Contest in Islamabad in February/March, 2010.
Sir/Madam,

The Ministry of External Affairs, SAARC Division has forwarded a copy of Note
verbale No. SAARC/HTS/UGC.5 (copy enclosed) received from SAARC Secretariat
regarding a Debate Contest to be held in Islamabad in February/March, 2010 that
has been approached by Government of Pakistan.

Also, the Government of Pakistan has forwarded the following topics for the SAARC
Debate Contest:

(i)                                Role of SAARC in promoting peace and harmony in the Region

(ii)                           Globalization and politics of economic restructuring in SAARC Region

(iii)                      Prospects of energy cooperation within SAARC

(iv)                        SAARC response to alleviate poverty in the Region

The Government of Pakistan will provide local hospitality, including board and
lodging whereas, international airfare will be borne by UGC. The last date of
receiving of application in the Ministry is 20th January, 2010.

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You are requested to recommend the names of suitable candidates from your
University to participate in the above said Debate Contest.

The nominations, alongwith bio-data, indicating topic for the debate contest, should
reach to The Section Officer (IC-I), Room No. 504, University Grants Commission,
Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002 by 19-01-2010.

The Secretariat of the South Asian” Association for Regional Cooperation presents its
compliments to the Ministries of Foreign/External Affairs of the Member States of SAARC and
has the honour to refer to former’s Note Verbale of even number (fax msgNo, 1997/8/271) dated
4 September 2009 (copy enclosed) regarding the follow-up actions to be taken as per paragraph
18. under Item No. VIII of the “Report of the Fifth Meeting of the Committee of Heads of
University Grants Commission/Equivalent Bodies {Male, 1-2 June 2009),

The esteemed Ministries are requested to take urgent action by conveying their
participation to the Debate Contest slated to be organized in Pakistan tentatively in
February-March 2010 with the details of the participants for onward transmission to Pakistan
for necessary action at their end. It may be noted that the dates of the Sixth Meeting of the
Committee of Heads of University Grants Commission/Equivalent Bodies have already been
announced, which would be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 5-4 March 2010 and the follow up
actions of the Fifth Meeting will have to be reported to the Sixth Meeting.

Early action by all the Member States will be highly appreciated.

The Secretarial of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation presents its compliments
to the Ministries of Foreign/External Affairs of the Member States of SAARC and with reference to the
Report of the Fifth Meeting of the Committee of Heads of University Grants Commission/Equrvfllent
Bodies (Male on 1-2 June 2009) has the honour to state that on item No. VIII. Consideration of matters
relating to open and distance learning in the Member States of SAARC, the following was agreed
upon:

J 8. The delegation of Pakistan reaffirmed the commitment to host a Debate Contest on mu&ally
agreed topics to be organized among SAARC University students which will be sent to the Secretariat
for circulation among Member States for their approval and with the request to nominate participants
for the Debate Contest. Pakistan will notify the dates for the debate contest soon afl&r it receives the
nominations and suggested topic/s from Member States.”

List of Deemed Universities in India

The Secretariat has the honour to inform the esteemed Ministries that the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Pakistan has forwarded the following topics for the SAARC Debate Contest to.be held in
Islamabad tentatively in February/March 2010:

(i)                                    Role of SAARC in promoting peace and harmony in the Region

(ii)                                Globalization and politics of economic restructuring in SAARC Region

(iii)                            Prospects of energy cooperation within SAARC

(iv)                             SAARC response to alleviate poverty in the Region

(A copy of rules for SAARC Debate Contest is enclosed

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan has also informed the Secretariat that local hospitality
would be provided to 03 people (two students and one official) from each Member State and the
international airfare will have to be borne by the Member States.

“TrT£ note no. SAARC-2/IO-C/2008 dated 3 September 2009 received from the Ministry oif Foreign

Affairs of Pakistan in this regard is sent herewith,

It would be appreciated if the esteemed Ministries could send to the Secretariat the confirmation of
participation and details of the participants at the earliest.

The Secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation avails itself of this
opportunity to renew to the Ministries of Foreign/External Affairs of the Member States of SAARC the
assurances of its highest consideration.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan presents its
compliments to the Secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and
with reference to SAARC Secretariat’s note verbale No, SAARC/HTS/UGC.5-fol low up
diOfld 2nd September, 2O097 has the honor to convey that the Government of Pakistan is
pleased to host the Debate Contest tentatively in February-March 2010- The follotving topics
niay be proposed for the Debate Contest:

  1. Role of SAARC m promoting peace and harmony in the Region,
  2. Globalization and politics of economic restructuring hi SAARC region
  3. Prospects of energy cooperation within SAARC
  4. SAARC response to alleviate poverty in the region

Crovemment of Pakistan will provide local hospitality, including boarding/lodging, for upto
3 participants (preferably 2 students and one official) from each Member State, whereas
international airfares will have to be borne by the Member States. The enclosed information
may kindly be circulated among the Member States with a request for expeditious
confirmation of participatiorL

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan avails itself of
this opportunity to renew to the Secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation, the assurances of its highest consideration.

The Secretariat,

Sooth Asian Association for Regioua) Cooperation,
Katmandu.

courtsey: UGC

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