Cooperation Minister distributes prizes worth Rs. 15.90 lakh to winners of Dera Baba Nanak Online Youth Festival

–  Sensitizing modern day youth about philosophy of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, need of hour: Sukhjinder Randhawa

Chandigarh/Dera Baba Nanak (Gurdaspur), November 11: On the fourth day today of ‘Dera Baba Nanak Utsav’ being organized on the eve of the 550th prakash purb of Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the opening of Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, the presentations by the young artists on the religious themes held the sangat spellbound.

The utsav being organized courtesy all the institutions of the cooperative sector of Punjab saw ‘Online Youth Festival’ being held, the results of which were announced today. The winners were given cash prizes worth Rs. 15.90 lakh by S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. The Overall winner was Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar which was felicitated with the cash prize of Rs. 1.01 lakh. The colleges affiliated to the university won 18 prizes while the Panjab University, Chandigarh came 2nd and the Punjabi University, Patiala bagged 3rd position.

On the occasion, the Digital Museum and the Light and Sound Show (Courtesy the Information and Public Relations Department, Punjab) held at Dana Mandi, Dera Baba Nanak also saw a large number of people coming to witness both.

The 4thpandal named ‘Balihari Kudrat Vaseya’ was full to the capacity which people thronged to watch the talent showcased by the winners of ‘Dera Baba Nanak Online Utsav’. In his address before distributing the prizes, S. Randhawa said that it is the need of the hour the modern day youth be sensitized about the philosophy of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The minister in his address also said that the opening of Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is the result of the prayers of the entire Nanak Naam Leva Sangat.

Meanwhile, the minister also honoured 550 students who had won the block and state level academic competitions.

The volunteers of the National Service Scheme (N.S.S.) from Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and other parts of the country also performed various kinds of services that included guiding the visitors, Distributing literature, performing Sewa in langar, and Distributing water bottles to the sangat.

Today, various kirtani jathas notably Jawaddi Taksal Jatha, Sant Jagjit Singh Harkhowal and Sant Hari Singh Randhawa performed gurbani kirtan with ‘Tanti Saaz’ at Sur Mandal Bhai Mardana Raag Durbar. Singh Sahib Giani Jaswant Singh connected Nanak Naam Leva Sangat with the philosophy of Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. On the occasion, Kavishri Durbar, Gurmat Vichar and ‘Istri Sammelan’ were also held.

On the occasion, a book penned by eminent scholar Dr. Harshinder Kaur titled ‘Guru Nanak Diyan Manav Kalyankari Sikhyawan’ was also released by the Cooperation and Jails Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and other religious personalities. Expressing her views, Dr. Harshinder Kaur said that Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji accorded a very respectable status to women and the need of the hour is to follow the philosophy of Guru Sahib in that respect. The scholar also exhorted people to work unitedly in order to eradicate various societal evils.

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