Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated 36th Inter-University North Zone Youth Festival ‘Antarnaad’ at the University of Jammu on Tuesday. The 5-day long Youth festival is being organised by University of Jammu under the aegis of Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
The Lt Governor welcomed the participants from various universities to Jammu & Kashmir and underscored the need to provide more platforms like ‘Antarnaad’ to the youth to express themselves through art.
“Cultural and creative activities motivate students to achieve excellence, nurture the talents, ignite the minds and nourish the civilizational heritage for our future generations,” said the Lt Governor.
He further said, “Artistic disciplines are like windows that open up an infinite universe of creativity for youth. Music, dance, fine arts, theatre & literature encourage students to sharpen their thoughts and expand their creative horizon.”
Manoj Sinha encouraged the youth to hone their artistic skills and inspire others with their creativity. “Artistic expressions are a source of intellectual inspiration. I want to see students transforming themselves as ‘Triveni’- a confluence of knowledge, science and art, a balanced personality with a sense of inquisitiveness, serene, peaceful and dynamic,” he said.
The Lt Governor also highlighted the significant role of the universities in nurturing the talent of the younger generation.
“The path to the prosperity of the society passes through educational institutions. Antarnaad means the inner voice. Artistic disciplines will give our youth new insight for innovation, new inventions,” he added.
Our cultural history, lifestyle, social settings are all integrated. If Knowledge and Science is the body, then Art is the mind. It is the perfect harmony between the two that forms the very foundation of the development of any nation, observed the Lt Governor.
“The National Education Policy, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has redefined the entire education ecosystem. It fosters innovation and creativity and inspires students to participate in research & creative activities,” he added.
The Lt Governor also sought active participation of universities from J&K and involvement of students in preparations for the ensuing G20 event in Jammu Kashmir.
Prof. Umesh Rai, vice-chancellor of the Jammu University, and Dr. BS Sekhon, joint secretary (Youth Affairs & Sports), AIU briefed on the series of activities planned during the festival.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor Dilbag Singh, DGP; Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu; Prof Bechan Lal, VC, Cluster University Jammu; Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary Higher Education; faculty members and students in large numbers attended the inaugural ceremony.