- GNDU Amritsar was declared first runner-up; whereas University of Mumbai & Chandigarh University shared second runner-up prize
- The event ‘Afreen-Bazm-E-Qawwali’ carried the theme of 'National Integration and Communal Harmony'
- Teams winning the first, second, and third positions in the competition were also awarded cash prizes of Rs 20,000/-, Rs 15,000/- and Rs 10,000/- respectively
Lovely Professional University (LPU) witnessed successful culmination of epoch-making first ever inter university national qawwali competition organized under the aegis of Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi. LPU team lifted the Championship Trophy along with cash prize of Rs 20,000. The event termed as ‘Afreen-Bazm-E-Qawwali’ carried the theme of 'National Integration and Communal Harmony'. GNDU Amritsar was declared first runner-up and got cash prize of Rs 15,000; whereas, University of Mumbai & Chandigarh University shared second runner-up prize of Rs 10,000. The Chief Guest of the concluding day Mr Sampson David, AIU Joint Secretary of Cultural Affairs, gave away the prizes to the winners. The words of novel qawwali of LPU team are “Vatan Kaa Har Bashar Apna, Sabhi se dil milana hae”, which strongly indicate oneness and harmony among all human beings. University of Mumbai students qawwali for " Aise Tirange ko sada dil me basaye rakhnaa" was also appreciated much by the audience.
Congratulating all the winners and encouraging other participants, Mr Sampson David said: “It does not matter who wins, the thing matters the most is participation. I am thankful to LPU for creating history by organizing such a competition which has revitalized the most popular form of Sufi music ‘Qawwali’-a 700 years old tradition.” He also informed that a sufi saint Amir Khusrau Dehlavi had fused together traditions of Indian, Turkish, Persian and Arabic music in the late 13th Century to create this art form ‘Qawwali’. LPU Director General Er HR Singla thanked all members of AIU and participating teams for reposing a faith in LPU for organization of this historic event.
All the participating managers, mentors, teachers, accompanists and the students from across India praised the wonderful organizing capacity and skills of LPU and wished to see more such thematic organizations every year. Judges of the event Dr Parveen Vashishth, Mr Jai Parkash, Mr Nirmal Raman, Mr Om Parkash, Mr Sayed Khan, Mr Babban Hyat were happy to appreciate LPU’s efforts in reorganizing the art form which was nearing a finishing line.