BATHINDA, NOVEMBER 9-Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU) Bathinda’s 5th Inter-Zonal Youth Festival-2019 titled as "Sarbat Da Bhala” aimed to promote talent and culture started amidst much fanfare at university campus here on Thursday.

With the theme “Sarbat Da Bhala” (Blessings for All)' formed the essence of Guru Nanak Dev's teachings; the festival was dedicated to celebrations of 550th Birthday Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

The festival comprised of various cultural and talent oriented performances, creative competitions and technical events. More than 500 students of participating Institutes affiliated to the University celebrated the spirit of life by performing in various events.

MRSPTU, Vice Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Mohan Paul Singh Ishar inaugurated Youth Festival by lighting the ceremonial lamp at in the presence of distinguished guests, All India Radio, FM Station, Bathinda, Director and MRSPTU cultural executive member Mr. Rajiv Arora, Heads/directors of the affiliated colleges.

Bathinda Municipal Corporation, Commissioner, Mr. Bikramjit Singh Shergill was chief guest on the occasion, while Dilbar Pal Singh, Director Engineering, All India Radio, Bathinda was guest of honour. Campus Director, Prof. Savina Bansal, University Registrar, Dr. Ashish Baldi, Deans/Directors and heads of various departments graced the occasion with their distinguished presence.

While speaking on the occasion, Prof. Ishar called upon the audience to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev whose “timeless vision” is as relevant today as when expounded five centuries ago. He said, when the world is increasingly split on caste, creed, religion and prejudice, the need of the hour is to dispel the darkness that constantly threatens to envelop individuals, communities and nations.

Speaking regarding festival, Prof. Ishar said the festival is a unique platform for young talent and a celebration of youthful creativity and innovation. He motivated the students to participate in all the fields to become holistic personality, build self-esteem and confidence of the youth. Their creativity is developed and honed in these competitions, he added.

First Day of youth festival observed various cultural and non-cultural activities including Giddha, Light Vocal Indian Solo, Classical Vocal Solo, One Act Play & Mimicry, Group Shabad/Bhajan , Group Song Indian, Classical Dance, Classical Instrument, Western Vocal Solo, Western Group Song, Hindi Solo Dance (Girls), Duet Dance, Poem Recitation, Collage Making, Clay Modeling, Mehndi, Cartooning, Rangoli, Creative Writing (Essay and short story and Poetry) and On the Spot Photography.

In his inspirational speech, chief guest, Bikramjit Singh Shergill commended the various teams from Institutes/Colleges for participating in the festival. He motivated the students to participate in co-curricular activities for their overall development.

Mr. Shergill also gave a clarion call for making the campus plastic free and eco- friendly. He said MC has launched a campaign to make the city plastic-free and initiated several measures to make city clean and green.

MRSPTU, Director, Sports and Youth Welfare and chief coordinator. Mr. Bhupinder Pal Singh Dhot welcomed the guests. Dr. B. S. Sekhon, former director, youth welfare department, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and Prof. Ramanjit Kaur, News Reader Doordarshan were appointed as observer for the youth festival by the university. Festival co-ordinator Dr. Jatinder Kaur managed the stage very well.