EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN INDIA AND BRITAIN IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR, SAYS BRITISH DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER Desh Bhagat University celebrated the Vaisakhi Festival with great fervour and religious devotion. A special function was arranged on this occasion in which staff and students of different faculties of the university took part. Mr. David Lelliot, British Deputy High Commissioner in Northwest India was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Conveying British Prime Minister David Cameron's Best Wishes on the occasion of Vaisakhi, he said that Vaisakhi is a chance to celebrate the immense contribution Sikhs and Punjabi make to British life. This is a highly important time for Sikhs and Punjabis across Britain and around the world to come together with friends and family to celebrate the birth of the faith. Since the first Sikh Arrived in Britain 160 years ago, the Punjabis and Sikhs in Britain have more than made their mark - in business, in public services, in sports, culture, charity and beyond. "Vaisakhi gives us a chance to celebrate that immense contribution and to share the success stories of British Sikhs: Of people like Tom Singh, who expended a single clothes shop into a chain of 1,000 New Look stores around the world. Like Paul Uppal , the self-made businessman, who is the only Sikh MP serving in the House of Commons. Like Ravi Singh, from the Charity Khalsa Aid, who rallied the community during the recent flooding to help with the clean-up, and Like the remarkable marathon runner Fauja Singh- the 'turbaned tornado' – who, at over 100, is still running and still inspiring millions," said the British Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr. David Lelliot appreciated the enthusiasm and spirit of the Punjabi Youth. He emphasized the need for educational exchange between India and Britain, so that the students and faculty of both countries can interact with each other on important national and international economic, social, cultural and educational issues. A scene of a Punjabi village was created on the Campus which was visited by the Chief Guest and other guests under 'Phulkari' in the true Punjabi style followed by 'Jaago'. Dr. Karamjit Singh Sran (IAS), M.D, Markfed who was the Guest of Honour, urged the students to follow the path shown by the great Sikh Gurus and keep away from drugs and other bad habits. Prof. Lakhbir Singh, President, PAHAL(NGO) from Jalandhar was the Special Guest on this occasion. On this occasion, students and members of the staff presented a colourful and educative cultural programme consisting of Folk Songs, Boliyan, Poems, Bhangra and Giddha etc. A play on social evils was also staged by the students of faculty of education. The function proved to be an occasion of fun, frolic, fellowship and festivity. All the Directors of university faculties and Administrative staff, Registrar Dr. Virinder Singh, Director Dr. Surjeet Patheja, Director Innovation and Planning Chetan Gupta were present on this occasion.