TEZPUR, Jan 4 - The 31st Inter-University Youth Festival of Eastern India zone called �Brahmaputra Mahotsava 2016� was inaugurated at Tezpur University on Sunday amid high enthusiasm.
Prof Furqan Qamar, Secretary General of Association of Indian Universities (AIU), hoisted the AIU flag, while Prof Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri, Vice-Chancellor of Tezpur University, hoisted the varsity flag.
This was followed by a colourful cultural procession from the community hall to the Bishnuprasad Rabha Auditorium of the university. The inaugural function, held at the Bishnuprasad Rabha auditorium, was attended by a host of prominent personalities of the region.
Member of Parliament, Ram Prasad Sharma and noted cultural and literary personality Prof Birendranath Dutta attended as the guests of honour. Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury delivered the welcome address with a clarion call to all youths to be part of nation building process through their talents.
V-C Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri laid stress on the very objectives of such a mega festival and called upon the participants to take this opportunity to share and exchange their feelings and experiences.
Prof Birendranath Dutta spoke on importance of the river Brahmaputra that binds three countries while Ram Prasad Sharma called India as the �youngest country� in the world with its 70 per cent population under the age of 40 which symbolises the strength of the country.
Prof Ranjan Ray who participated as the observer of the festival, appealed to the youths to follow the path of cultural idols like Dr Bhupen Hazarika who effectively and boldly spread the message of universal brotherhood throughout the world through his musical compositions.
Dr Samson David, Joint Secretary of AIU, said that the tremendous energy that lies with the youths will only strengthen the national fabric of unity their talents are properly realised.
Organised under the aegis of the Association of Indian Universities and with support from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, the �Brahmaputra Mahotsav 2016� is going to witness a gathering of over 800 students from 26 universities of Eastern India who will participate in various cultural and literary event.