October 22, 2011 admin


LUDHIANA – Inaugurating the Inter-College Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University, today, S. Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, Chairman, Punjab Mandi Board said participation in cultural activities is must for overall development of a person’s personality.  In addition to studies, students must devote time to art and literary activities as these provide the students an opportunity to express their inner feelings.  S. Lakhowal expressed happiness that PAU has produced several international famed, sportspersons, writers and artists.  He congratulated the University authorities for providing a conducive atmosphere for the growth of science, literature and art in PAU.
S. Lakhowal said work culture among youth in Punjab is vanishing, which is a sad.   Punjab farmers are known for their hard work who contributed a lot towards national food security.  We all must develop love for labour, he said.  Commenting upon the farming scenario, S. Lakhowal said farming is becoming unviable, especially for small farmers.  We must develop ways to make farming more profitable.  S. Lakhowal promised a grant of Rs. 2.0 crore to the University for the repair of roads.
Presiding over the inaugural function, PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon said Youth Festivals hold a unique significance for students as they provide them a platform to show their hidden talents.  "Knowledge is necessary for progress but love for art and literary activities are vital to develop a balanced personality", he said adding that it is a matter of pride for PAU that besides ushering green revolution, has also produced several eminent writers/artists like Prof. Mohan Singh, Sant Singh Sekhon, Surjit Patar, Kulwant Singh Virk, Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Jaswinder Bhalla, Bal Mukand Sharma, etc.
Urging the students to imbibe good values, Dr. Dhillon said, discipline holds a great importance and it is a key to the success.  Temptations are always there that lure a student away from his objectives and those who learn the art of self discipline can achieve their goal in life, he said.  Commenting upon the water crisis and female foeticide, Dr. Dhillon said both ‘water and daughter’ are vital for the society.  "There can be no mankind without them", he said.
Dr. Dhillon alongwith Deans, Directors and Officers of the University felicitated S. Lakhowal with shawl and memento.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, Dr. D.S.Cheema, Director Students’ Welfare and Dean, College of Agriculture informed that several PAU students have excelled in the cultural events in zonal and national level youth festivals.  PAU Registrar, Dr. R.K. Mahey proposed vote of thanks.
On the seventh day of youth festival competition of shabad gaya was held. In the individual event student of Home Science College Miss Sumita Bhalla stood first while Jaswant Singh of Agriculture college got second position.  In group event College of Home Science got first position while College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology stood second.  In quiz completion College of Basic Sciences stood first while College of Agriculture got second position.  This session was presided over by Director of Extension Education, Dr. Mukhtiar Singh Gill.

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