At the 59th annual award presentation event at DAV College Hathi gate, principal Dr Rajesh Kumar highlighted the financial crisis faced by higher education in Punjab and that state government was being negligent about the same.
MP candidate from Amritsar, Captain Amarinder Singh at the event announced a grant of Rs 11 lakh for the overall development of the DAV College Hathi gate.
Captain was the chief guest at the event where he awarded prizes and certificates to over 580 students for their outstanding performance in the field of academics, sports and other extra-curricular activities.
Captain, who himself is a veteran political figure (former CM Punjab), has written books on war and Sikh History and has a military background where he has served as Captain in the 1965 Indo-Pak War gave a motivational speech to the youngsters saying , "This moment has made me recall my own youthful days. I was remembering my classmates who cannot be forgotten and my teachers to whom I am grateful. Above all I am very happy to see girls and boys in uniform (NCC and NSS) who while interacting have promised me to join Indian defence services."
"Indian Army is short of 12000 officers, even Air Force needs pilots and Navy needs efficient officers. Youth should join defence services as they offer you a chance to serve the country. I feel privileged that I got a chance to serve my country even as a captain in the Indo-Pak 1965 war and also as a politician. Field doesn't matter but the aim should be serving the nation."
"I don't say defense is the only way to serve the nation , you all will get an opportunity to serve as every field has place in this country but through your respective fields aim to contribute to the nation and be responsible citizens of the same."
Captain awarded sword of honor to NCC Air Wing cadet Hitesh Sharma and NCC cadet Sagar Singh on account of their selection in international NCC youth exchange programme.