Punjabi writer and former Punjabi Sahit Academy president Gurbhajan Singh Gill, said that youngsters today are not acquainted with their culture despite the technology at their disposal. Books, he said, is one way of connecting with one's roots.
“Mind can only be enriched with books. Those who regularly read books on various subjects are successful. I feel all educational institutions or any organisations should replace mementos or trophies being awarded to winners with books. This will be the best honour one can give and help instill reading habits. Books hold more value than trophies. Let us start this trend,” he said. The writer was a guest of honour at the state quiz contest organised at Punjabi Bhawan on Thursday.
Thirty-six students of various schools and colleges across Punjab participated in the contest.The event was organised in three categories, divided according to participants' ages.
Category A saw students till Class 8, students studying in Class 9 to Class 12 formed Category B while Category C comprised college students.
Questions asked in the contest largely pertained to Punjab's culture, history and current affairs. Three contestants from each category were declared winners.
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria was the chief guest of the event, which also saw many eminent writers and poets. In his address, Gohalwaria said, “We should congratulate students who have reached this contest after undergoing so many rounds. Such events help students develop their mental faculties and should be organised regularly.” Language department director Chetan Singh was also present on the occasion.
We need to cover an extra mile to prepare to win in any event. I have maintained dairies for general knowledge and on culture and heritage and keep updating it with new things I learn. Schools and colleges must have a compulsory period dedicated to general knowledge and culture to keep the youth connected to it.-Chamanpreet Kaur, 14, DAV Public School, Mansa (Category A winner).
I am an avid reader and read various books on general knowledge as well as those by eminent Punjabi writers. Going through editorials of Punjabi and English newspapers has become a must. If such events are regularly organised by state and educational institutions, the youth will remain connected with its roots.” -Anmol Singh, 15, Guru Nanak Public School, Bassian, Ludhiana(Category B winner).
I won this contest in my category last year too. I may not been from a leading school, but I have gained a lot from reading and attending literary events. This has certainly helped me win. To today's youth, I say make books your best friends. They play a vital role in helping a person scale to new heights -Baljeet Sharma, 18, University College, Moonak, Sangrur (Category C winner).