Colourful extravaganza marked the inauguration of Inter-College Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. The cultural procession, presented by the students of four constituent colleges of PAU, highlighted panorama of themes, specifically, drug menace, social media addiction, youth going astray with misplaced sense of values, declining natural resources, stubble burning, rising pollution, etc. Mr Ashutosh Baranwal, Commissioner, Goods and Service Tax (GST), Ludhiana, was the chief guest while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, presided over the inaugural ceremony. Dr D.S. Brar, Member, PAU Board of Management, also graced the occasion.
In his inaugural address, Mr Baranwal said, “I am seeing the youth festival after 35 years. Youth festival provides an opportunity to students to educate and liberate their inner-selves.” Punjab has made immense contribution to agriculture, Indian army and technology development but the problems of drug addiction and environmental pollution need to be tackled at the earliest, he added. Lauding PAU for its distinction of making country food secure and producing renowned artists, Mr Baranwal disclosed, “GST Commissionerate has donated two Happy Seeders to PAU’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala for paddy straw management.”
In his presidential remarks, Dr Dhillon stated that participation was more important than winning. “Students should participate with full vigour and enthusiasm, and make a mark in diverse fields,” he remarked. Dr Dhillon also expressed his gratitude to faculty and students for enabling PAU to be decorated with “Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award 2017.”
Earlier, Dr R.K. Dhaliwal, Director Students’ Welfare, PAU, welcomed the chief guest, senior officials, faculty and students of PAU. She said, “Youth festival plays an important role in shaping the personality of students.”
Later, Dr G.K. Sangha, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, PAU, stated, “Robust youth is the voice of tomorrow.” You must lay foundation of disciplined life, she said to students, while proposing vote of thanks.
On the occasion, Dr Dhillon honoured the chief guest with a shawl and memento. The dignitaries also paid rich tributes to Dr A.S. Khera, former Vice-Chancellor, PAU.
Cultural Procession: 1) College of Home Science, 2) College of Basic Sciences and 3) College of Agriculture
Folk Song: 1) Harpreet Singh (College of Agriculture), 2) Jaspreet Kaur (College of Basic Sciences) and 3) Gagandeep Kaur (College of Home Science)
Solo Dance: 1) Navdeep Kaur (College of Agricultural Engineering), 2) Saisha Jaryal (College of Agriculture) and 3) Gunjan (College of Home Science)