The 60th annual national convention of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidarthi Parishad (ABVP), to be held here from November 14 to 16, will focus on menace of drug addiction problem in Punjab and depleting green cover in the state, besides discussing issues related to students and education.
"The theme of this convention will be drug addiction among the youth in Punjab and the depleting green cover and groundwater table in this state. The two issues will be discussed in detail by delegates and solutions will be offered, which if accepted will be put forward before the governments concerned", said ABVP organising secretary (Punjab) Suraj Bhardwaj.
Despite being founded at Ambala, which was a part of undivided Punjab, the ABVP is holding a national convention in this border state for the first time.
Preparations are in full swing for holding the three-day conference with several senior ABVP leaders having arrived in the holy city.
Organising secretary (north) N Srinaivas on Sunday visited the Ranjit Avenue exhibition ground, the venue of the convention and reviewed the arrangements there. The venue has been named Maharaja Ranjit Singh Nagar, after the 'Lion of Punjab', Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Bhardwaj said that around 4,000 delegates from all over the country are expected to attend the convention. These include ABVP chief, Prof P Murli Manohar. The delegates will also elect the next president and general secretary of the organisation during the convention.
Prior to the opening of the convention, an exhibition tracing the history of the ABVP will be on put on display on November 13 at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Nagar. The convention will be inaugurated on November 14 by Brig KS Chandpuri (retd), Mahavir Chakra winner and a hero of the 1971 war with Pakistan.
On November 15, a 'Shobha Yatra' will be held through the holy city in which all ABVP delegates and activists will participate.
HRD minister Smriti Irani will be the chief guest on the concluding day of the convention and she will present the 'Prof Yashwant Rao Kelkar Purarskar' to Arunima Sinha, the first disabled women climber to conquer Mount Everest.
Bhardwaj said that during the convention discussions will be held by delegates on different issues confronting the youth of the country. One of the main discussions will centre around privatisation and commercialisation of education and another will be on election to student bodies, he added.
During the convention, a couple of resolutions will be adopted which will include one on drug addiction in Punjab. Another will stress the need for overall improvement of the country's natural environment. There will be a resolution related to education, which is gradually going out of the reach of the common man.