Cultural exchanges must for showcasing rich heritage: Priya Sethi -
Cultural exchanges must for showcasing rich heritage: Priya Sethi
Posted 29 Nov 2017 05:22 PM

Minister of State for Education, Culture and Tourism Priya Sethi on Tuesday called for strengthening the bonds of unity and spirit of nationalism, maintaining that every citizen must rejoice the diverse characteristic of India which is the unique identification and strength of this great democratic nation in the world.
Speaking at the Cultural session organzied for the students of Tamil Nadu under “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” programme at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra today, the Minister said that the idea of a cultural exchange between different states is aimed at to create mutual understanding amidst a shared history that will form a special unity in diversity among them.
Under the programme, every State and UT in the country would be paired with another State/UT for a year, during which they would carry out a structured engagement with one another in the spheres of language, literature, cuisine, festivals, cultural events, tourism etc. The Jammu and Kashmir is partnered with Tamil Nadu for this year’s cultural exchange programme.
Vice Chancellor SMVDU, Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Additional CEO, SMVDSB, Dr. M K Kumar, Registrar SMVDU, V.K Bhat, Dean of Students, Dr.Yugal Khajuria, besides other faculty members and students were present on the occasion.
The Minister said that the government is committed to carry forward the missionary programme of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” with enthusiasm which was mooted by him during the Rashtriya Ekta Divas held on 31st October, 2015 in connection with the commemoration of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. She said the Jammu & Kashmir is a perfect bouquet of diverse tradition and culture and programmes like this will showcase the rich heritage, culture, customs and traditions of the State.
Folk singer from J&K Asha Kesar who is popularly known for her traditional Bhakh singing enthralled the audiences through her mesmerizing performance. She was supported by Rakesh Mesih, Rajiv kumar, Girdhari Lal, Sonika Jamwal and Sudesh Manhas.
Later, the Minister also visited the newly constructed Basohli Boys Hostel at SMVDU and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi College of Nursing and took stock of the infrastructure and facilities being provided to the students.

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