Chandigarh, September 22; Today, a curtain-raiser programme was organized at GGD SD College, for the upcoming 6th International Youth Peace Fest. This week long event will be organized from World Tourism Day, September 27 to International Day of Nonviolence i.e. October 2nd.
Long-time peace activist, Mr. Bernie Meyer who is also known as American Gandhi and who dresses in traditional dhoti with walking stick resembling the legendary Mahatma Gandhi was the Chief Guest and Prof. Anirudh Joshi, General Secretary, GGD SD College Managing Committee presided over the occasion.As Gandhi, Bernie has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, as well as different parts of India. And now for last three years he is actively coming to Chandigarh to promote and participating in the Peace Fest.
Giving information about the initiative Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta shared that now for the sixth year in a row, Yuvsatta along with GGD SD College, Oxfam-India, UN Volunteers & Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti is again going to host this mega annual event in which over 1000 students from around 25 countries of the world will participate. And they expect these young change makers to become true global citizens in thinking and action and co-create a future equal to their vast potential.
Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh & NZCC (North Zone Cultural Centre) are hosting special welcome evenings for the national and international guests. Panjab University, Education, Environment & Forests Departments of Chandigarh with involvement of many prominent Schools & Colleges of tricity are also extending the much needed cooperation in management of this initiative in which many prominent speakers like Union Cabinet Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, Tushar Gandhi – great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Raman Magsaysay Award Winner Sandeep Pandey, noted environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva, women activist and editor-Manushi Dr. Madhu Kishwar, gandhian peace activist Dr. SN Subba Rao & Padmavibhushan Sunder Lal Bahuguna will also share their views with the generation next.