Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Kaleidoscope of Culture: Inter-University National Youth Festival Unveils Youthful Spirit

by Manjari Singh

The vibrant colors of tradition, the rhythmic beats of drums, and the infectious energy of youth converged at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) as the 37th Inter-University National Youth Festival commenced with grandeur.

Over 2,500 students representing 118 universities across India have gathered for the five-day extravaganza, hosted under the auspices of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi. Embracing the theme ‘HUNAR 2024 – Harvesting National Talent,’ the festival’s inauguration witnessed a mesmerizing cultural procession, epitomizing the nation’s cherished ethos of unity in diversity.

From the iconic Thapar Hall to the sprawling Dr AS Khera Open Air Theatre, students adorned in their traditional attire embarked on a joyous journey, showcasing a kaleidoscope of cultures through dance, music, and fervent celebrations. The release of vibrant balloons symbolized the dawn of this cultural spectacle, captivating audiences along the route to the Open Air Theatre.

Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General of AIU, graced the occasion as the chief guest, urging the youth to embrace artistry and nurture their creative potential. Addressing the gathering, she emphasized the pivotal role of universities as bastions of knowledge, calling upon students to fortify themselves morally, academically, and socially.

Distinguished guests including Dr KS Aulakh, Former Vice-Chancellor of PAU, Dr Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), and Mr Baljit Singh Sekhon, Joint Secretary of AIU, added to the fervor, commending the exuberance and passion exhibited by the participating students.

Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, the esteemed Vice-Chancellor of PAU, hailed the students as the beacon-lights of the nation, urging them to pursue excellence with unwavering dedication. Recognizing the latent artistic talent within each student, he emphasized the importance of channeling this potential towards constructive endeavors.

Inspirational words echoed through the event as Mr Rishi Pal Singh, Registrar of PAU, encouraged the youth to navigate life’s complexities with resilience and determination. Meanwhile, Dr Nirmal Singh Jaura, Director of Students’ Welfare, reminisced about the festival’s legacy, highlighting PAU’s proud tradition of nurturing artistic expression.

The meticulous coordination of the event was spearheaded by Mr Vishal Bector, Associate Director (Institutional Linkages), and Dr Ashu Toor, ensuring a seamless experience for all participants. As the festival unfolds, it promises to be a melting pot of talent, creativity, and camaraderie, igniting the flames of youthful spirit and cultural vibrancy.

As the curtain rises on the 37th Inter-University National Youth Festival, the stage is set for an unforgettable celebration of youth, talent, and unity – a testament to the resplendent mosaic of India’s rich cultural heritage.

Manjari Singh

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