More than 300 students from villages attend workshop during the 10-day Summer Camp

With an aim to breed talent among the students from rural areas, Chandigarh University Gharuan hosted a 10-day Workshop-cum-Rural Talent Camp for the children studying and residing in the 6 adopted villages of the region. More than 300 tudents from 6 villages that have been adopted by Chandigarh University under the Sampooran Gramin Vikas program which includes Gharuan, Batta, Simbal Majra, Mankheri, Mamupur and Rurkee Pukhta actively participated in the talent camp. The ten day summer camp organized by Chandigarh University is first of its kind for the students of rural areas and villages in which workshop and training classes for children in Punjabi Folk Singing & Dancing, Art & Craft, and Western Dance were arranged.

The 10-day summer camp concluded with the students performing live on-stage at the university campus during the valedictory ceremony which was attended by the Panchayat of the adopted villages and the parents of the students who took part in the camp. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University presided over the valedictory ceremony. “I didn’t know that my daughter had a talent in dancing and today it was a big surprise for me watching her performing on stage in front of live audience” said Kulwinder Kaur from Gharuan village who is mother of one of the student who performed gidha in the talent camp.

“There are opportunities aplenty for the students studying and living in urban areas and cities but it is for the first time that our students from villages have experienced such a kind of summer camp” said Balvir Singh, Sarpanch, Village Mankheri. While addressing the gathering, Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University said, “There is no scarcity of talent among the students from rural areas and villages but there is lack of opportunities for such students”. Understanding its social responsibility towards society, Chandigarh University has constituted a team of experts who are in constant touch with residents of these 6 villages so as to guide and propose solutions to the everyday problems faced by them, added Sandhu.