Friday, October 29, 2010



The PAU Inter-College Youth Festival 2010-11 was inaugurated today in the jam packed open-air-theatre of the University by Dr. Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU. Colourful troops of students representing the four constituent colleges of PAU started from the Museum of Rural Life of Punjab, passed through the campus roads and presented their cultural items in the open-air-theatre. College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COA&T) troop focused on the theme of women empowerment, of College of Agriculture (COA) on global warming and eco-friendliness. The participants held placards displaying slogans on environment and the use of bi-cycles for the sake of health and environment. The troop of the College of Home Science (COHS) projected Lohri of girl child and sang songs denouncing the malpractice of female foeticide while that of College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (COBSH) focused on recently held commonwealth games and the performance of players making India proud with their medal tally. One of the placards said that in 1934 India had just one medal and in 2010 it went up to 101. The troop also emphasized that farmers should use water saving technologies developed by PAU. The formal stage presentations by students were preceded by the Invocation Shabad \'Deh Shiva Var Mohe Ihe\' and lighting of the holy lamp.

The Chief Guest, Mr. C.S.Talwar, Special Secretary Finance and Director, Treasure and Accounts, Punjab in his remarks described students as \'Young Hope of India\' and PAU as \'Pride of India\'. He said that India has made tremendous progress in diverse fields and has earned a unique legacy globally. He appreciated PAU for its contribution toward food security of the country and said that all those connected with it should share the pride. Mr. Talwar advised students to develop their personalities not forgetting the important component of good character. He recited a couplet of famous poet Surjit Patar \'Is taran hai jis taran din raat vichla fasla/merian reejhan meri aukat vichla fasla/zehar da piala mere hothan te aake ruk giya/reh giya meray te Sukraat vichla fasla\'. He inspired students to dare standing alone in the event of crisis and to say no to drugs.

In his presidential remarks, Dr. Kang said that Youth Festivals provide opportunities to students to develop creativity, self confidence, team spirit and time management. He appreciated the themes of different colleges and said that PAU is planning to start the cycle club soon. He congratulated the organizers and conveners of various committees for preparing students well for excellent participation in the Youth Festival. He presented a memento to Mr. Talwar.

In the session on folk songs, Iqbal Singh (COA) enthralled the audience with the famous Mirza while Ms Harman Mehta (COA) with \'sada chidian da chamba ve\'. Ms Arshjot Kaur (COHS) sang the famous folk song \'bol mitti deya bawia\' and Ms Sumita Bhalla, the \'lungi\'. Ms Aina Goyal (COBSH) sang \'tappe\' while Sukhpal Singh (COBSH) sang \'keema malki\'. Sumer Singh (COAE&T) sang \'bolian\' while Ms Sunanda \'kande utte meharman ve\'. The judges for this event were famous Lyricist Dev Threeke wala, T.V. Anchor, Santosh Basra and Surjit Bhullar.

In the creative dance session, Ms Priya Plaha (COHS), danced on Charkha song of wadali brothers, Ms Akanksha Grover (COBSH) on \'chheti aja ve\', Ms Kiran (COAE) on mehandi and Ms Jasmit Kaur (COA) on kach dian churian\'. The panel of judges included Ms Savita Uppal, Ms Neelam Dawar and Ms Santosh Basra.

The Director Students Welfare, Dr. P.P.S.Lubana welcomed the Chief Guest, Mr. Talwar, Dr. Kang, dignitaries, faculty members, staff and students present on the occasion. He said that despite PAU is a science University, yet its students have keen interest in cultural and extra curricular activities in which they have excelled in various contests. The Cultural Coordinator, Dr. Nirmal Singh Jaura informed that on October 29, there will be shabad gayan (solo and group) at 10.00 a.m., quiz at 11.30 a.m., one act play, mime and mimicry at 4.00 p.m. in the open-air-theatre. On October 30, skits, mono acting and folk dances will be held at 3.00 p.m. followed by prize distribution at 6.00 p.m. The PAU Board of Management Member, Mrs. Urwinder Kaur Grewal, Deans and Directors and other Officers, former Deans and Heads of the Departments, Progressive Farmers were among those present on the occasion.

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