Thursday, October 21, 2010



Education is basic to any development. Education makes life better through creating facilities and addressing issues. These expressions were made by Mr. A.C.Rana, Comptroller, PAU while addressing the inter-College debate competition with which the PAU Youth Festival made a start. Mr. Rana was the Chief Guest while Dr. Jagtar Singh Dhiman, Additional Director of Communication presided over. The competition was held in the Students\' Home Auditorium.

Mr. Rana said that participation in debates and declamation contests help the students to brush up their thoughts about a given topic. He said that such opportunities provide them fora to express themselves. He congratulated the participants and said that the government policies, plans and acts are effected for the betterment of society and suggested that with proper monitoring and evaluation necessary improvements can be made in due course. India lives villages and rural literacy was bound to improve the conditions of the masses, he observed.

Each of the four constituent colleges of PAU had two teams with two students in each. The students debated on the topic \'Right to Education Act 2009 would be Ineffective in rural India\' and presented their views in favour and against the motion.

Dr. Dhiman in his presidential remarks said that rural and urban gap in the country can be bridged through education. He complemented the student for their excellent views both for and against the motion. Highlighting the national concerns such as rampant malnutrition, lack of good teachers in rural areas, problem of child labour, drug addiction, indebtedness and inadequate health care services, etc., Dr. Dhiman said that strengthening education can help a great deal to improve the life of ruralites. Giving example of green revolution, that transformed the food insecurity scenario of the country, he said that it was due to the priority given to agricultural education that led to the establishment of Universities to contribute through agricultural education, research and transfer of technology. He said that the sixteen participants in the debate contest have already outstood others and congratulated them. The education must be made affordable, beyond literacy and rudimentary learning, value based and empowering to enable rural students to participate in national/international affairs and wished that the act would deliver the things in these directions. Earlier, the focus was on removing illiteracy but now it is promoting e-literacy, in the country, said Dr. Dhiman.

Earlier, the Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology-cum-Director Students Welfare, Dr. P.P.S.Lubana welcomed the Chief Guest, the participants and other dignitaries and said that the PAU inter-College Youth Festival will conclude on October 30. The stage was managed by Dr. S.S.Hundal. The panel of judges included Mr. Navdeep Singh from All India Radio, Jalandhar, Er. D.M.Singh, eminent writer and columnist and Ms Ravneet Kaur from GNIMT, Ludhiana.
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