Ludhiana, April 23, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
Eminent litterateurs gathered at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to celebrate World Book Day, which has a great significance across the globe on April 23.
Dr S.S. Johl, Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda and Former Vice-Chancellor, PAU, who was the chief guest, said “Books have a special place which cannot be replaced in man’s life.” Book writings must have quality and should be brief as brevity is the soul of wit, he added. Dr Johl also shared some of his experiences concerning books and libraries, and cited examples of successful countries which have carved a niche in the field of literature.
S. Gurbhajan Gill, Former President, Punjabi Sahit Academy and Former Senior Editor (Punjabi), PAU, said, “Books play a key role in inspiring young minds, enhancing their knowledge and making readers emotionally attached.” Books of any field are of immense benefit to the readers, he observed, while stressing that knowledge must be there in every home.
Mr Harpreet Sandhu, Advocate-Author, stated, “Knowledge being shared through the medium of internet is also the outcome of books.” He further said there was a need to encourage younger generation to discover the pleasure of reading to improve their wisdom, think over subjects of interest, expand their vocabulary, improve their writing skills and update their knowledge.
In her welcome remarks, Dr G.K. Sangha, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, spoke on the value and importance of books, and said they are lifeline of knowledge.
On the occasion, S. Ravinder Bhattal, President, Punjabi Sahit Academy and S. Tarlochan Lochi, a noted Punjabi writer, recited their poetry. A specially designed poster on “World Book Day” and a special issue of Changi Kheti, a PAU magazine (in Punjabi), was also released. In addition, a set of publications was presented by renowned Punjabi writers to PAU.
Dr Jagdish Kaur, Additional Director Communication, coordinated the programme. Present on the occasion were Dr Navtej Bains, Director of Research; Dr S.S. Kukal, Dean, College of Agriculture; Dr Ashok Kumar, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology; Dr Sandeep Bains, Dean, College of Home Science; Dr Sandeep Kapur, Comptroller; and other senior officials and faculty of PAU.