Nov. 28, 2011
-- Concluded with a grand finale in the form of one of the biggest youth festivals of Association of Indian Universities-
VIRSA was bidden a befitting adieu today at Lovely Professional University. Dr Arun Diwakar Nath Bajpai, Secretary General of AIU & Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla was the Chief Guest of the day. Prof. DN Johar, Vice-Chancellor, Dr BR Ambedkar University, Agra presided over the celebration. On this eve, 24 Judges of eminence declared Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar as overall winner of AIU’s 27th Inter University Zonal Youth Festival. Host Lovely Professional University lifted the Runners-Up (second position) trophy for the competitions. LPU also got accolade for having mastery in music field in which it won the almost all the competitions. The Deputy Secretary, Youth Affairs (AIU), Mr. Sampson David, Chancellor of LPU Mr Ashok Mittal, Pro-Chancellor Ms Rashmi Mittal, Vice-Chancellor Mr Rameshwar Kanwar, and Director General Er HR Singla were also prominently present on the occasion.
Before awarding the coveted trophy to the Over-all Winner Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, the Chief Guest Dr ADN Bajpai highly appreciated LPU for organizing endeavours put together. Briefing the youth assemblage about the history of youth festivals, he encouraged all the participants to be always young in thoughts and actions: “Youth is not with age; Youth is active state of mind, which thinks of future and better future only. India is always youthful with more and more youth Power and it is indeed going to lead the World through persons like you all.” He also guided all winners as well others, by quoting from Hindi and Urdu poets: “To be in the field is more important than to be only a field-winner. Participation gives each and everyone a chance to self-analysis. One should discuss his/her shortcomings with mentors and friends to succeed next time, if not now.”
Being impressed by the arrangements, he liked to prefer LPU as host for other major academic as well as cultural activities in future and promised that to further host the next national level cultural fest, Vice –Chancellors Meet, Meet of Economists as well as the Indian Science Conference through AIU in the LPU campus. On the other hand, Mr. Sampson David announced LPU as a world class University. Speaking on the occasion, the Chancellor of LPU, Mr Ashok Mittal said: “We are happy to see that VIRSA proved a great platform for the whole of the University. I am, personally, happy to have such a big event being organized for Jalandhar and Punjab. I aspire to have more of such mammoth organizations for all in Punjab to learn and grow more.”
Prior to this, giving the best send off to the 1000 participants , mentors and their associates the artists of LPU presented cultural items of Guitar Harmony, Fusion dance from South and North, Display of Martial Art, Fusion of Blind Dance, B-Boying & Indonesian Dance. Students of participating University MDU presented Dhamal. On this occasion, Singers, composers and directors of ‘VERTO’ Music Album of the University were also specially honoured. The celebration culminated at the SBRM square, which has already seen many celebrations;
but never in recent years has it perhaps seen co-ordinating participants of this magnitude. Indeed, It has been one of the most cherishing event in the history of LPU as more colourful as well as vibrant organization.