Youth Awakening Festival 2013 (12-23rd January 2013)


Dr. M.L.Chippa, VC, ABV Hindi University

Dr. B. Mahadevan, Professor, IIM Bangalore


Ms. Alka Gauri Joshi, Jeevanvrati, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari



International Youth Conference on Shaping a Drudgery Free World (12-13th Jan, 2013)

We are blessed to witness 150th birth anniversary of the patriotic monk, Swami Vivekananda in our lifetime. International Youth Conference at Pantnagar is a humble testimony to his contributions. The theme of the conference was 'Shaping a Drudgery Free World - Swami Vivekananda's Perspective'. About 300 eminent delegates from all over the world which included participants from Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, etc. were present in the conference. The conference initiated on 12th January, 150th birthday of Swami Vivekananda and the National Youth Day. The chilling and biting cold seemed trifling for the zealous participants and the organizers who reached Ratan Singh Auditorium, the venue of the conference at 8:30 am. Banners and posters depicting the teachings of Swamiji, floral decoration, traditional rangoli were indicative of a pious omen.

The conference was formally inaugurated by lamp lightening by Swami Chinmayanand, a reverend saint, RKM, Kankhal in the auspicious presence of Ms.Alaka Gauri Joshi, Jeevanvrati, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, Dr. Krishna Gopal, a social activist, Dr M. L. Chippa, Vice-Chancellor, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University, Dr. B Mahadevan, Professor, IIM-B and member of Central Sanskrit Board, Shri Anshu Gupta, an Ashoka fellow and founder of Goonj,  Dr. Suchismita Sengupta Pandey, Deputy Secretary, Uttrakhand Information Commission, Shri Gokulmuthu Narayanaswamy, General Manager(R&D), Sonim Technologies, Shri Rajendra Chaddha, National Joint Convener, Pragya Pravah, Dr.J.P.Pandey, Registrar, GB Pant University, and other distinguished scholars and well wishers.

The compendium of the papers received from the participants and the dignitaries from all over the world were compiled in a book, Shaping a Drudgery Free World - Concern of Food, Education, Sovereignty and Happiness, a literature containing twelve valued papers, Exploring Swami Vivekananda written by illustrious people who have made their mark through their contribution in professional and social arena and a booklet, The Tenets of Hinduism by Shri Gokulmuthu Narayanswamy, were released by the dignitaries on the dice.

The major themes of the sessions were Bridging the Economic Divide, Combating Cultural and Ecological Exploitation and Social Inclusion and Transformation, Education for Man Making. These sessions were presided over by the illustrious dignitaries who enriched the audience with their invaluable thoughts and insights along with the presentations of participants. The results of the poster presentation were then announce

d where students of Dehradun Institute of Technology were the winners and their poster was on electronic waste. Ultimately, the conference concluded with the ever inspiring and harmonious VSM song and thus all the efforts dedicated to Mother India in the process of making her what Swami Vivekananda had dreamt of.


Udbhav: National Debate Competition(14-15th January, 2012)

UDBHAV’13, an Inter-University National Debate Competition, was organized from January 14-15, 2013. The occasion marked its beginning with the welcome speech of Dr. S.K. Kashyap, Organizing Secretary, YUVA. He advocated the purpose of celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. A heart filled with passion for humanity, and life dedicated for the cause of nation, is the reason why we talk about this fiery monk. Students from 25 universities, right from Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab and other states had participated in the war of words. The subject to be discussed was, “Is it utopian to dream of developing youth dedicated for social service". The judges of the debate were Shri Sudhir Chaddha, Agricultural Entrepreneur, Dr. M.L. Sharma, Shri Govind Singh Bisht, Editor, Amar Ujala and Dr. Brahmchari Mohan, HOD, Social Science Dept. Those in goodwill of the motion believed that it is a hallucination to see youth dedicating them for the betterment of the society. They are the cause of all drudgery and violence. Present day youth is nurtured in such an environment that he merely wants to enjoy the luxuries of life. Even the education system is to be blamed which inculcates a money making attitude and a job seeking tendency in the youth. The ones in opposition to the topic supported their views by highlighting the glorifying youth icons such as Anand Kumar, Chavi Rajawat, Kaushlendra Kumar, and many more. Youth only have the power to get the country of this crisis situation as their zeal and passion is unmatched. There have been incidents in the past when the indomitable influence of youth was at zenith, be it the revolt of 1857 or the Anna Hazare movement.

The winners of the debate in English were:Digvijay Singh-first, Monika Pasbola, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar- 2nd, Subash Kumar, PAU, Ludhiana-3rd and team winner was Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. In Hindi, Himank Gupta, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar bagged first position and team winner was Makhan Lal Chaturvedi National University.


 Netritva - The Leadership Hunt Contest

The Leadership Hunt Contest is a single event of its own kind which agitates the entire University, whirling the thought process of students, to bring out the most efficient leaders and to sensitize the mass towards social tribulations. The panorama of this mass movement can be well visualized. These are the days of real social work and social awakening in the campus initited by the university students themselves as we hunt for the actual traits of being an effective leader.

Sixty eight teams, each team with a minimum of three and maximum of five members, were registered for this event. Each team was a given a social issue and an area within the periphery of Pantnagar was allotted to them. In the initial round, the teams had to conduct a survey. This ensured that almost 3750 people of the campus were touched through these survey sheets. The data so collected from survey was documented in the form of graphs.
The teams were reduced to 28 in the second round of this grand revolution which involved creation of strategy for the eradication of problem. All of these teams designed their strategies meticulously to uproot their respective problems that were assigned to them. New methods of campaigning were innovated. The energy, activity and the fervor was worth admiration.  The walls of the hostels and market were cluttered with the posters that pleaded the ailing effects of food wastage and consumption of junk food. The shibboleths appealing for the outdoor physical games were nailed on the trees. Pamphlets to promote Indian products were distributed at large. Some students even made efforts to clean the conduit and were later supported by the official authorities as well. Some picked up the garbage on the roads and planted trees to keep the surroundings clean. Yoga sessions were carried out in many of the localities and hostel campuses. Sessions on communication skills and basic technical skills were also organized for the first year students. This was just a glance of the mammoth event that shook the University for 15 days.
For the final round, 14 teams were selected and they were required to present their concept and understanding of leadership. There were exemplary performances by the teams in the finals and it was judged by Dr. S.K.Guru, Associate Professor, Plant Physiology and Dr. Atul Kumar, HOD, Plant Physiology. They congratulated and appreciated the efforts of the young participants in raising voice in support of the themes apprehensive of the social concerns.
The winners were then declared as follow :
First: Team Nosegay
Second: Team
Third: Team
Most Innovative Team: Team Vimanas
Most Energetic Team:
Budding Stars of First Year:
The prizes were then distributed to the winners. In the words of Dr. S. K. Kashyap Organizing Secretary, YUVA leaders structure the abstract targets and generate strategy to make it achievable. Thus, leadership hunt, proved its mettle by successfully giving the participants an insight of leadership.


 Orator of the Zone

Orator of the Zone is a zonal level competition which aims to provide a platform to school students to get accustomed to public speaking . Invitations were given to about 32 schools of the zonal area, one month prior, such as Haldwani, Rudrapur, Kichha, Lalkuan and Pantnagar itself. Around 60 students from these areas confirmed their participation. The event was organized at two levels with classes 6th to 8th forming the junior level and classes 9th to 12th comprising of the senior level. The topic for the senior level was ‘How to combat terrorism’ while that of junior level was ‘Are television and internet posing hindrance in growth of a child’.  It was heartening to see young children striving to give their best while controlling the inevitable nervousness and increasing heart beats. The results were then announced.
Seniors:   1st - Prahi Joshi, Campus School, Pantnagar
               2nd- Shaiva Khan, Campus School, Pantnagar
               3rd - Abhijit, Sainik School, Ghodakhaal

Juniors:   1st - Amar Singh, Jaycees Public School, Rudrapur
              2nd - Tarun Gusain, Sainik School, Ghodakhaal
              3rd – Jyoti Deopa,  Jaycees Public School, Rudrapur 

All the judges were honored in the end by momentos. Dr. S. K. Kashyap, Organizing Secretary, YUVA enlightened the students with some notable key points towards effective communication, speech deliberation, and designing of content.