Bathinda: Central University of Punjab under the patronage of Vice Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari organized an Invited Lecture on the topic ‘Contribution of Saptasindhu Region in the Cultural Integration’. The programme was conducted as a part of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav Programme Series dedicated to celebration of India’s 75th Anniversary of Independence. The keynote speaker of this programme was acclaimed academician Prof. Kuldip Chand Agnihotri, Advisor, Ministry of Culture, GOI and Former Vice Chancellor, Central University of Himachal Pradesh. Faculty, staff members and students of the university attended this programme.
At the start of the programme, Dr. Vinod Arya, Programme Convener, delivered the Welcome Address. He informed that Sapta Sindhu region refers to the region of seven sacred rivers i.e., Saraswati, Sutudri (Satluj), Vipasa (Beas), Ashikni (Chenab), Parushni (Ravi), Vitasta (Jehlum)) and Sindhu (Indus) which spreads from ancient Punjab to the Gangetic plains and from Gandhara to Kurukshetra. He put a light on the programme theme and introduced the keynote speaker to the participants.
While addressing the participants Prof. Kuldip Chand Agnihotri stated that Sapta Sindhu region has made enormously contributed to the World as this region gave the one among the best University of ancient times in the form of ‘Takshashila University’, first recorded Manuscript of ancient times in the form of ‘Rigveda’ and one among the ancient Civilization with modern characteristics in the form of ‘Indus Valley Civilization’. He asserted that ancient holy scriptures of this region enlightened the generations that knowledge is the continuous process which has led to the emergence of schools of philosophy. He highlighted that Dasam Guru Parampara of 10 divine Gurus has preserved the Indian Knowledge Traditions in this region. He emphasized that the preaching of our Saints such as Bhudha to follow the path of self-enlightenment, non-violence, equality, empathy, and truthfulness has been practiced by our freedom fighters during Indian Independence Movement and has helped our nation which comprises diverse cultures to stay united. He expressed his hope that under the leadership of Prof. Tiwari, CUPB will emerge as the modern Takshshila and represent India on global level.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari mentioned that geographical boundaries can not disconnect the cultural linkage between different societies that has emerged out of Sapta Sindhu Region. He shared that the University would organize a series of webinars on the Contribution of Sapta Sindhu Region in our Knowledge Traditions, History of Science, Agriculture, Values etc. to create strong emotional bonding through academic efforts between people living in Sapta Sindhu Region. He urged on the need to institutionalize ‘Sapta Sindhu Studies’ so that more historical knowledge related to Sapta Sindhu Region can be collected.
Towards the end, Prof. R.K. Wusirika, Dean Incharge Academics, gave the formal vote of thanks. The programme was attended by officials, faculty, staff members, scholars and students of the University.