It was a historic moment in the four-decade-long history of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) on Friday as the three-day 42nd Foundation Day celebrations of the institution commenced on the musical notes of its first anthem, 'Kulgeet'.
Lyrics penned by noted Sanskrit scholar Dr Rajindra Mishra 'Himachal vishwavidyalaya, vividh vidyavalay, jai jai...' complimented by mellifluous musical notes of acclaimed Himachali music scholar and folk artist Dr R S Shandil, echoed in the auditorium as the anthem was formally released on inaugural session of the celebrations by governor of HP, Urmila Singh. Besides CM of the state, first law graduate from HPU and MLA of Shimla, Suresh Bhardwaj and other guests at the occasion witnessed presence of Syrain ambassador Dr Riad Kamel Abbas.
On his maiden visit to the queen of hills and impressed by the natural splendour of the place, Dr Abbas, who was the guest of honour on the occasion, wished to strengthen ties with Himachal Pradesh. He said, "Syria would appreciate the fact that Syrain students could study at HPU. This would be helpful in strengthening amicable bilateral ties between the two nations." He added, Syria was fighting terrorism like India and has been able to overcome its internal crisis and would like to strengthen its position at the international level also.
Besides the university anthem, the first bilingual quarterly research journal of HPU, 'Himshikhar', which is a series of occasional papers by faculty of HPU, research journal of Institute of Integrated Himalayan studies (IIHS) and a host of books related to tourism, public administration, forts and palaces of Himachal were released on the occasion. To foster sharing of experiences, exchange of research, resources, student and faculty exchange, a MOU was signed by HPU with NIIT, Hamirpur. To facilitate HPU with experiences of its ex-students, the first ever alumni association of students as well respective associations of the 28 departments existing in the campus were formed on the occasion.