Friday, October 29, 2010



The PAU Inter-College Youth Festival wore a festive look today with the holding of various competitions – one act play, mime and mimicry, shabad gayan (solo and group) and quiz. In the morning session, Dr K.S.Sandhu, Director Students\' Welfare, GADVASU, was the chief guest and Dr R.S. Sidhu, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities presided over.

Addressing the audience, Dr. Sandhu appreciated the efforts of the university in providing the students with an opportunity to display their talent and creativity and give their best, showcasing state\'s rich heritage.

Dr. Sidhu stated that along with academics, participation in extra-curricular activities help in all round development of the students personality.

In the shabad gayan competition, there were eight individual participants and four groups from each constituent college of the university. The Dean, College of Home Science, Dr. Neelam Grewal and GADVASU Dean, Dr. Simrat Sagar Singh were also the Chief Guest.

The quiz competition evoked great interest and excitement among the participants as well as the audience. There were four teams with the participation of three students in each. The questions pertaining to India, sports, entertainment and general awareness were asked. In the entertainment round, the participants were made to listen to the audio clipping which was followed by the speed round. Participants were well-prepared and prompt in replies. The ingenuity of the audience was also tested.

The theatre events captivated the audience highlighting poverty, political corruption and social evils. Some of the students enacted very well and literally lived their roles. Four events were presented, one by each college. In this session, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Toor, SSP Barnala was the chief guest. He lauded the participation of the youth in the one act plays highlighting social inequality and social evils. He expressed his concern over the increasing use of drugs among the youth. He said that corruption is eating up the system like termite and we must try to stay away from it. Dr. Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU said that Mr. Toor has stood vocally against the drug menace prevalent in rural Punjab adding that the book \'Sambhlo Punjab\' is a treatise conveying this message in clear terms. He appreciated the PAU students for their participation in cultural and curricular events.

Internationally renowned playwright, Mr. Devinder Daman, film artist, Dr. Surinder Sharma and Doordarshan Producer, Mr. Puneet Sehgal constituted the panel of judges.

Dr PPS Lubana, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology - cum – Director Students\' Welfare, appreciated the enthusiasm of the students whose active participation made this festival a great success. He presented mementos to the chief guests and thanked the dignitaries and participants. Earlier, the Coordinator, Youth activities, Dr. Nirmal Singh Jaura introduced the contestants, judges and chief guests to the audience.
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