Srinagar : Young minds took center stage on Monday at the PanditBhajanSopori Auditorium, where the Cultural Unit (Kashmir) of the Department of Information & PR (DIPR) organized a thought-provoking speech competition on the theme, ‘My dreams for India in AmritKaal: Building a Stronger, Sustainable Nation.’
Students from across Srinagar viz. Government Higher Secondary Schools Rainawari, KothiBagh, Khanyar, and Nawakadal, Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School, along with private schools like Blue Bells Secondary School, Crescent Public School, JK Police Public School, and RP School – participated with infectious enthusiasm.
Speeches by students reverberated with passionate visions for India’s ‘AmritKaal’ – the 25-year period leading up to its 100th anniversary of independence. From fostering inclusivity and environmental consciousness to prioritizing education and technological advancements, their ideas painted a vibrant picture of a ‘Viksit Bharat’.
An independent jury led by Assistant Professor, Bilal Ahmad Bhat of JKIMPARD meticulously evaluated each presentation, ultimately awarding the top honors to First Prize winner Maria Javaid, GHSS Rainawari; Second Prize to ArwaArif Baba, RP School and Third Prize to Vadiha, GHSS KothiBagh.
Participants received trophies and certificates of participation, acknowledging their valuable contributions to the discourse.
Addressing the gathering, the Cultural Officer (Kashmir Division) of DIPR lauded the students’ insightful perspectives and commended their engagement with vital government initiatives like ‘AmritKaal’ and ‘Viksit Bharat Abhiyan.’ He further highlighted the department’s commitment to empowering youth through programs like ‘InspireGenZ’ and ‘Beats of J&K,’ emphasizing the critical role young voices play in shaping India’s future.
This spirited competition which was held as part of Republic Day 2024 celebrations served as a testament to the vibrant aspirations of Kashmir’s youth and their unwavering optimism for a ‘Stronger, Sustainable Nation’ in the years to come.