Advisor Bhatnagar inaugurates 14th Tribal Youth Exchange programme
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: The 14th Tribal Youth Exchange Programme was today inaugurated by Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor J&K UT organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Jammu in which 220 youth from four tribal states participated in the inaugural session of the seven days programme. The programme is being organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and is sponsored by Union Ministry of Home Affairs with an aim of empowering tribal students by providing them with exposure to diverse cultures, education, and skills training across the country. Addressing the participants during the inaugural ceremony, Advisor Bhatnagar said that the Tribal Youth Exchange Programme is a step towards providing our tribal students with opportunities to explore new horizons, expand their knowledge and skills, and help them realize their full potential. He added that the programme will open new doors in the life of tribal youth as it will acquaint them with diverse culture of this place and help them know different aspects of way of life here and its associated customs and rituals. While speaking on different aspects of the programme, Advisor Bhatnagar underlined that this exchange program will be vital for the personality development of the Tribal Youth as their understanding of life, legitimate career aspirations and other training needs for having employable skills can be enhanced. He advised the organisers to include different kinds of activities like group discussions, guest lectures, field visits, painting competitions and other related activities in the program so that the participants are exposed and sensitised about different socio-economic and other diversities of our nation. Director NYKS JK & Ladakh, Nisar Ahmad Bhat, in his welcome address enlightened the youth regarding the programmes and schemes of government of India sponsored through different ministries and implemented by NYKS. President Gandhi Global Family Jammu and Kashmir, Padmashri Dr SP Verma and President J&K Ex Services League, Lieutenant General Rakesh Sharma (retd) also addressed the participants during the inaugural session and enlightened the participants about the core benefits of this programme on their lives.
Advisor Bhatnagar also distributed sports kits among the Youth Clubs of Jammu region. During the inaugural ceremony, the participants from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh presented colourful cultural performances highlighting the unique tribal culture and customs of their respective states. Hakeem Abdul Aziz, Deputy Director Srinagar in his vote of thanks requested the Chief Guest to advise the Departments of Higher Education, Youth Services and Sports for better coordination with NYKS for maximum effective outcome of the schemes. Notably, 220 youth from four tribal States including Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are participating in the programme.