Punjabi University, Patiala has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in a bid to host the 6th South Asian Universities Youth Festival (SAUFEST) on its campus.
The MoU signed between Punjabi University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh and AIU’s Secretary-General Krishan Kumar envisages the event to be held from February 24 to 28 next in which around 250 students from 10 universities will participate.
Giving the information Dr Satish Kumar Verma, Director Youth Welfare of Punjabi University, said that competitions would be held in light vocal, classical dance, folk dance (group), debate, elocution, clay modeling, and poster making in addition to guest performances. Deputy Secretary (Culture) of the AIU, Dr Samson David disclosed that the South Asian countries which will participate in the festival include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
In a joint statement Dr Jaspal Singh Dr Krishan Kumar said that the objective of the SAUFEST was to “promote active collaboration and mutual understanding amongst the South Asian countries in educational, social, cultural and economic fields in addition to encourage future generations of youth from the SA countries to come on a common platform for sharing views, experiences and innovations to take up future regional challenges.”
Punjabi University will be the fourth Indian University to host this event after University of Jammu, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai and Panjab University, Chandigarh. Kathmandu University, Nepal and BRAC University, Dhaka have conducted this event in 2008 and 2010 , respectively. (TOI)