The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) 2nd International Youth Festival – One World 2023 concluded on the 8th of April, commemorating cultures and traditions across the world with the notion of sharing similarities and celebrating differences.
We witnessed students from different schools and cultures rejoicing in the unity and diversity within the campus. The participation of 2500 students representing 22 countries was witnessed which started with a cultural parade of the different countries and zones within the country to mark the beginning of this mega event. Shanti Devi Mittal Auditorium hosted the lamp-lighting ceremony where prominent leaders addressed the students.
Tokens of appreciation were given as mementos to the special guests. Our Honorable Chancellor of LPU and Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha Shri Ashok Mittal sir along with Pro-Vice Chancellor Madam Rashmi Mittal, the Secretary General of AIU Dr. Pankaj Mittal, and AIU’s Joint Secretary Baljit Singh Sekhon graced the ceremony.
As the opening ceremony commenced, we saw mesmerizing performances of the National and International Folklore Band showing the diversity of culture through their performances. At the Unipolis, the Department of Fine Arts presented an art exhibition that included traditional dolls, Madhubani arts, 3-D paintings, sculptures, and vases.
A team from LPU performed bhangra on the theme “Punjab Bolda” electrifying the already lit atmosphere. Stalls were put in place of the 22 countries by various schools to allow us to explore the cultural diversity of LPU.
Our Honourable Chancellor and Pro-Vice Chancellor of LPU visited the various stalls and clicked pictures with the students along with Dr. Sorabh Lakhanpal, Senior Dean, Student Welfare Wing who motivated them. On the second day, we observed the National Folk/Tribal dance, Music Fiesta, and Let’s Dance event which was an international dance showcase celebrating unity like never before. We were also able to visit the food courts established by the students of LPU and have a chill pill in the ongoing event.
On the final day of the three-day-long event, the captivating performances of the dancers energized our hearts and led us to swing with their beats. The ignited passion continued till the end of the event where the winners of the countries portrayed by the students were announced in the Valedictory ceremony and everyone was elated. The winners are as follows-
Nepal represented by the School of Computer Science and Engineering was the winner of the Best Country award and the Overall Trophy for being the best-depicted culture. Bhutan (School of Architecture), Rwanda (School of Electronics and Electrical Engineering), DR Congo (Mittal School of Business), and Ivory Coast ended up being the runners-up.
In the Zonal category, South Zone represented by School of Computer Science and Engineering was the winner of the zonal category with East Zone being the runners-up.
And that’s how we concluded the astounding and extraordinary college fest this year and I am pretty sure we will be back next year with a bigger blast. I enjoyed this a lot at this event, did you too?