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Youth festival dates changed

The five-day East Zone Inter-University Youth Festival hosted by Ranchi University will be held from December 7 to 11, instead of December 4 to 8 as earlier scheduled.

The event was postponed following a direction from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) after the death of former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral.

Notably, the university was set for the fest in which 16 varsities from the eastern zone were initially taking part. AIU and the Union ministry of youth affairs organise the youth festival to hone talents of college students in various fields like folk dance, classical singing, painting, collage making, poster making, clay modelling, cartoon drawing etc.

Following the postponement, 12 universities confirmed participation. The venue of the festival, Khel Gaon, remains unchanged. “The total number of students taking part is also now less, down to 300 from 500 earlier,” informed Satish Gupta, Ranchi University’s cultural coordinator.

“Soon after the intimation from AIU, we had informed all universities that the festival has been postponed till further notice. But we were unable to inform the officials of Guwahati University as they had already boarded the train and they arrived yesterday at 2pm,” Gupta added.

In the next round of meeting, Ranchi University vice-chancellor L.N. Bhagat along with other varsity officials will confirm the name of the chief guest and other dignitaries. The 26 students who arrived from Guwahati on Sunday have been put up near Marwari Women's College.