Jammu and Kashmir Reciprocal Cultural Youth Exchange Programme `Utsav-E-Hind`
Released on: February 14, 2008, 5:28 am
Press Release Author: Deepak Gupta
Press Release Summary: The ultimate objective is to strengthen the bond of friendship and to spread the message of national integrity and peace among young people irrespective caste, creed colors.
Press Release Body: Recently (on 14th February) ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India along with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (an autonomous body under Min. of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India) organised a Jammu & Kashmir Reciprocal Cultural Youth Exchange Programme entitled \'Utsav-E-Hind\' at Satyagrah Mandap, Gandhi Smiriti and Darshan Samiti, Rajghat, New Delhi. On this occasion Anil Kumar (Director, J&K Div., Min. of Home Affairs, GOI), Dr. Shakeel Ahmed Khan (Director General, NYKS), Meenakshi Natrajan (VC, NYKS), Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed, Vagnesh Jha, R.P. Bhardawaj and many others were present there. On this occasion a seminar and thematic discussion on \"Role of Youth in National Unity\" was organized to sensitize these young impressionable minds by giving them intellectual rationale and logical framework to the issues which affect youth and their psyche. The objective of the programme was to thank the host families who had hosted the youth participants of the J&K Exchange Programme. Also, to provide an opportunity to visit the State to gather the first hand knowledge of the culture of J&K State. Besides, it also provided the opportunity to the youth to visit different places of cultural interest of J&K State. It will further provide an opportunity to the participants to interact with the local communities, PRIs, and youth clubs/ mahila mandals affiliated with NYKS to understand and compare the socio- economic and political scenario of the state. The ultimate objective is to strengthen the bond of friendship and to spread the message of national integrity and peace among young people irrespective caste, creed colors. The youth from 12 districts namely Thiruavanthapuram (Kerala). Gangtok (Sikkim), South Goa (Goa), Udaipur & Ajmer (Rajasthan), Kodagu (Karnataka), Puri (Orissa), Silwasa (Dadra Nagar Haveli), East Khasi Hills (Meghalaya), Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Lucknow (U.P.), Chattarpur (MP) which include 250 Male and 136 Female reached Jammu from Ist February itself. After a brief training and acclimatization session at Jammu they were taken for a home stay programme in various places of the state. These participants were well received at J&K as reported. The various state ministers namely Sh Jugal Kishore, Sh Mangat Ram Sharma (Health), Sh Mula Ram (Rural Dev, & Panchayati Raj) and Sh Abdul G Vakil (Social Welfare) were few who attended the session on 5th at Jammu University Auditorium. They will be visiting places of religious, historical, cultural, Jammu city and other places of interest besides visit to Rasoolpur international border and attending various indoor session an National Unity and integration. After a week-long stay at Jammu and Kashmir, the participants have reached Delhi. Early in the morning the youths visited Rashtrapati Bhawan to meet Hon\'ble President Smt. Pratibha Patil, where Sh. Mani Shankar Aiyyar (Min. for youth Affairs and Sports and Panchayati Raj) were also present there. Besides this visit to other historical places and a recent addition to the glory of Delhi Metro train visit are the main attraction of visit to Delhi, after which finally, the participants will proceed for their respective states on 16th February, 2008. On this occasion Dr. Shakeel Ahmed Khan informed that the delegation will stay here in Delhi for three days, they will be, inter alia, attending experience sharing sessions, meeting dignitaries, intellectuals and visiting places of historical and development importance. NYKS is working for the rural youth through its various programme in order to empower the youth in all dimension of life. The ultimate objective of NYKS is to organise & strengthen the youth at village level and mainstream them with the process of Development. Also, the objective is to channelise these youth for the constructive purposes. Presently, NYKS is the only organisation in the country which has direct linkage of village levels. This mega potential of the organization has been utilized by almost all the ministries of Centre and State level for the implementation of various schemes viz., awareness, training or supporting various beneficiaries programme. Realizing this potential ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India during its almost a decade old relationship choose to implement its various programme viz, North East Cultural Exchange Programme, Tribal Youth Exchange Programme, J&K Cultural Exchange Programme etc. The present programme is Reciprocal Youth Exchange Programme for the youth to Jammu & Kashmir in Collaboration with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs which started from 3rd to February, 2008 and will continue till 16th February, 2008.
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