‘Youth leadership, trekking and hiking, and rock climbing’ was a 9 day training camp organised by Youth Welfare Department, Panjab University. The Camp was held at Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni (Himachal Pradesh) in the supervision of Nirmal Singh Jorda, Director Youth Welfare Department, PU along with 9 teachers from different colleges. Total number of 110 students had participated from across various colleges affiliated to PU.
June 25, 2018 began the first day of the training camp which showed its trailer right from the bus journey as one of the buses got malfunctioned. It’s appreciable how all the boys took the responsibility of the safety of all the girls and themselves they came by local bus. The bus journey was a learning experience in itself. June 26 had a kick start with morning prayer and workout including yoga and exercise session was followed each day. Meditating in the middle of the mountains with the sunrise was the purest thing to witness.
In the introductory ice breaking session each student was supposed to end with the line “देश और समाज को मुझसे बहुत उमीदें हैं”.
This line aroused the inner sense of responsibility of each individual as a citizen. Each interactive session was made interesting with fun and entertaining activities. Apart from fun, the message they conveyed was the essence.
Apart from the interactive sessions, all the teachers had their respective lectures to give to the campers. The topics included all, from creativity, motivation, communication, stress management, health, personality, social competence, gratitude and all that one needs to learn. The greatest insight was given by Mr. Mandeep which was about the evolution of Punjabi language and culture right from the 18th century till date. Being inspired by this, students took initiative and pledged to serve the country in every way possible.
The students from different colleges were segregated and grouped in the teams of 11. Each team was supposed to prepare and perform for 30 minutes at a cultural night that was organized every day. These cultural events displayed all the folk and culture of punjab that one could imagine ranging from gidhha, bhangra, malwai gidha, long hik, bhand and much more. Music was such that everyone was indulged in the beats and couldn’t stop clapping along. Skits evoked all the social issues of concern like education system, shortage of water, brain drain, drug awareness, eve teasing.
The students were judged both as a team and also on the basis of individual events.
Various other competitions like debate on social media, poetry, extempore were organised to allow the students to showcase their talent. In order to allow each camper to perform and share their views on the stage, a presiding committee was composed for every session. Trekking and hiking and rock climbing was also a part of the competition which was a success with healthy rules and competition. Visit was made to Bon Monastery and Jatoli Mandir. Students were given evening time for practicing and interaction.
The concluding day was graced by the famous punjabi literature poetess Mrs. Sukhwinder Amrit. The Vice Chancellor of Dr. Y.S. Parmar University, Dr. Hari C. Sharma also presided as the chief guest.
The prizes of all the competitions were given on the last day. Manpreet Singh Mahal of Dr SSB UICET PU campus and Shivani Singh of Gobindgar Public College, Alour, Khanna, Punjab were awarded with the best camper award. The sweetest gesture was made by appreciating the mess incharge as the food served had the taste of home food.
In the very first speech of one of the teachers it was mentioned that this camp may turn out to be a turning point in the lives of most of the students. This fact was realised on the final day. The students were different individuals on a whole at the end of the camp, having realized their potential and inherent strengths. Such camps are the water to the framework of a student. The work of Panjab University is worth appreciating. Every individual needs to realise its responsibility as a citizen and foremost as a human.
About the Author:
Manisha Mittal (GCCBA 50)