“The top ranking of the PU in the country, in a recent survey, could be a surprise for the young people but, PU has always been remembered for its glorious history,” said Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover on Monday, adding that in the pre-independence era, PU was acknowledged as one of the leading universities in the country.
Professor Grover was speaking at the opening ceremony of Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival (Zone B) on Monday. Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal inaugurated the fest.
The university was recently counted among the top 250 universities of the world in the World University Rankings released by Times Higher Education survey for the session 2013-14. While the rare feat achieved by the university was taken as a surprise by many, the V-C has maintained that it was not at all a surprise.
Congratulating the V-C and the students for the international recognition received by the university, Bhukkal encouraged students to empower themselves and to uphold their rich cultural values and moral values.
Highlighting the role of youth festivals, Bhukkal said such competitions help in the development of the overall personality of the students. “Such fests provide an opportunity to the students to demonstrate their diverse cultural and creative pursuits, and provide a platform for exhibiting individual talent,” she said.
Talking about youth festivals, Professor Grover suggested that Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh could jointly organise a common festival for schools, colleges and seniors on the pattern of Kenyan Music Festival, which is being organised for the past 90 years. The festival could be held at Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali or any place of mutual choice.
President of Sikh Education Society, Sardar Gurudev Singh Brar, vice-president Sardar Kulbir Singh, principal, Dr Charanjit Kaur Sohi, Col (Retd) Jasmer Singh Bala were among those present on this occasion.