KERALA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Third All India Inter-state Agricultural University Youth Festival - 2001: Report of Events
The third All
India Inter-state Agricultural University Youth Festival (AGRIUNIFEST - 2001)
was held at the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) Thrissur during Jan. 21-
25, 2002. The festival was sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research
(ICAR), New Delhi. An organising Committee, eighteen sub-committees and a 'Jury
of Appeal' were constituted for the smooth conduct of the AGRIUNIFEST as per
the handbook for Inter-state Agricultural University Youth Festival, stipulated
by the ICAR. The first circular for participation in AGRIUNIFEST - 2001 was
communicated (by e-mail, internet, fax and post) to all the 35 State Agricultural
Universities, Deemed Universities and Central Agricultural University of the
country well ahead of time. Seventeen Universities confirmed their participation
and finally 12 have taken part in the five day festival.
The KAU instituted a rolling trophy for the best team in national integration procession, and trophies for the first runner up team and for the best logo.
The festival started with the colourful National Integration procession at 4.00 pm on January 21 from Mannuthy campus which was flagged off by Prof. K.V.Peter, Vice Chancellor, KAU. Twelve participating Universities took part in the procession which was a memorable show. The procession reached the Central Auditorium by 6.00 pm. The members representing Universities were dressed in colourful traditional attires, bringing out the rich and varied cultural heritage of our country. The procession was accompanied by I(k) R&V Sqn. NCC horse riders. Members of organizing committee along with Prof. K.V. Peter, Vice-chancellor led the procession from the front. Behind the ornamentally decorated "Muthukudas", a troupe performed "Panchavadyam", a traditional Kerala percussion symphony. The cultural contingent from PDKVP, Akola led the University Teams. It was a grand sight to watch the teams marching through the NH-47 entertaining the bystanders dancing to the tune of traditional music and chanting verses in praise of the Lords.
Shri. V.V.Raghavan, M.P. inaugurated the festival at 6.00 pm. on January 21. Shri. P.P.George, M.L.A.presided over the function. The Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the Organising Committee welcomed the gathering. The Director of Students' Welfare and Organising Secretary proposed the vote of thanks. The inaugural session ended with a cultural feast especially that of traditional Kerala art forms.
The event-wise competitions were started from 9 am on 22 January, 2002. The competitions were held at the KAU Central Auditorium, Botany Lab of the College of Horticulture, open air stage adjacent to the Central Auditorium and in the auditorium of the College of Co-operation, Banking & Management . The Team Managers meeting held on January 21 finalised the schedule for the conduct of the events. The judges for the events were arranged by the Committee for Judges in consultation with Kerala Sahithya Academy, Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy, School of Drama and Fine Arts College, Thrissur.
function was held in the KAU Central Auditorium at 3.00 pm on January 25. Shri.
Christi Fernandez, Chairman, Coir Board and Shri. Jerry Ameldev, the gifted
Music Director were the Guests of Honour for the function. The prizes were given
away by Shri. Jerry Ameldev and Dr. Koshala, Former Vice Chancellor of Himachal
Pradesh, Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya. The rolling trophy for the best team in National
Integration Procession was won by the Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat
and the Rolling Trophy for the best disciplined team was won by the Orissa University
of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar. Sri. P.S. Sali., Teaching Assistant
of the College of Co-operation, Banking & Management won the prize for the best
logo for designing 'Sambu' the elephant in its pomp and pageantry to depict
the festivals in Kerala. The prize for the first runner up was secured by the
Assam Agricultual University, Jorhat with 63 points. The overall championship
was bagged by the Kerala Agricultural University scoring 66 points. The festival
curtains came down with the cultural programmes staged by all the participating
teams bringing unity in diversity and with expectation to meet again at the
G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, for the fourth