PU ZONAL YOUTH AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL BEGINS AT SD COLLEGE
3000 Students from 13 colleges compete in the 4-day event
The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photos By T S Bedi
The Panjab University Youth and Heritage Festival for Zone A began at GGDSD College, Sector 32. The four-day mega event will see nearly 3000 students competing for prizes in 68 different competitions ranging from classical music and dances to literary items to heritage art and craft and folk music and dance. Being hosted by GGDSD College, it is one of the biggest inter-college events of the University. The theme of this year’s fest is “Ye desh hai veer jawanon ka.”
Inaugurating the fest, Panjab University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Raj Kumar encouraged the students to believe in themselves and never to consider themselves inferior to anyone. “Every human being is endowed with unique talents and must not shy away from opportunities like these that provide them with a platform to showcase their talent,” he said. Prof Kumar hailed the enthusiastic participation of faculty, guests and students in the fest.
“The exposure and experiences gained during such competitions go a long way in contouring lives and careers and it is the duty of educational institutions to provide a level playing field and opportunities to students for actualizing their potential,” said Prof Kumar.
He lauded the achievements of GGDSD College for transcending its humble beginnings of 1973 and emerging as a premier institution of North India. He made a special mention of the Guard of Honour given to him by the students of the college and commended the commitment and hard work of the students and the faculty.
Dr Nirmal Jaura, Director, Youth Welfare, Panjab University, encouraged the students to dream high and make sincere efforts to accomplish them. Quoting from Gurbani ‘Man tu jot saroop hai, apna mool pehchan,’ he exhorted the students not to consider youth festivals as a platform for launching themselves as artists but to treat them as “a vehicle of self-discovery.”