Wednesday, October 31, 2012



The "Golden Jubilee Folk Festival," was organized at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), amidst great fanfare. Myriad hues of culture were showcased, last evening, by the participating teams from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalya (CSKHPKV), Palampur; Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar, and PAU. The student-artistes, clad in peculiar costumes and bedecked with ornaments, presented glorious and rich cultural heritage of their respective states. A renowned Bollywood singer, Labh Janjhua, enthralled the spectators with his popular numbers.

Inaugurating the fest, the Chief Guest, Dr V.K. Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, said that all the four universities have contributed significantly to the regional growth. Hailing the large-scale contribution of PAU to the nation's food security, he said that producing 40 Vice-Chancellors of different universities, three Olympians (hockey) and stalwarts in literature, speak volumes of university's prosperity. Inspite of so many changes, the distinct identity of culture has been maintained, observed Dr Taneja, while stating that the splendid performance of the students, in various items, reflects their respect for their mother institution i.e. PAU. He exhorted the students to preserve their cultural heritage and to inculcate moral ethics and values in life.

The Guest of Honour, Mr Balmukand Sharma, Executive Director, MARKFED, Chandigarh, and PAU alumnus, remarked that coming to the university was a homecoming for him. The PAU, being an agricultural university, has played a prominent role in maintaining and promoting its rich heritage, he added. He appreciated the efforts of the organizers for providing a unique platform to all the four universities, to perform under one roof, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Year.

In his presidential remarks, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said that the university has a family which comprises members CCSHAU, CSKHPKV, and GADVASU. Two universities including CCSHAU and CSKHPKV were carved out of PAU in 1970 followed by the set-up of GADVASU in 2006, informed Dr Dhillon, while applauding the enthusiastic participation of the youth in folk dances and songs. He honoured the chief guest, guest of honour and the singer with a shawl and a memento.

Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries and the participants, the Director of Students' Welfare, Dr D.S. Cheema, said that the participation of the state agricultural universities gives the glimpse of diverse culture of different states.

Dr R.K. Mahey, PAU Registrar, proposed a vote of thanks. During the fest, folk dances were presented by all the four universities, folk songs by Iqbal Singh, Dilpreet Kaur and Sunanda of PAU and mono-acting by Sarabjeet Singh of PAU. Besides, the students of PAU and GADVASU kept the audience spellbound with their power-packed performance in creative dance, group dance luddi, group folk dance giddha and bhangra.

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