At least 40 students from Arunachal Pradesh embarked on a visit to Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan as part of the ‘Yuva Sangam’ programme.
Around 25 students of NIT Arunachal Pradesh and 15 of North East Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST) were selected for the visit under the ‘Yuva Sangam’, an initiative of the Ministry of Education under ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.
The ‘Yuva Sangam’ was flagged off by Arunachal Pradesh PHE and information technology minister Wangki Lowang in an event organized at Itanagar on February 25.
To strengthen people to people connect and build empathy between the youth of Northeastern states and the rest of India, the Ministry of Education has launched ‘Yuva Sangam’ programme under which exposure visits of Youth (College /University students and off-campus youth) is being organised between the 8 Northeastern states and other states.
NIT Arunachal Pradesh is the paired Institute with IIT Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and NERIST, Arunachal Pradesh is the paired Institute with Central University, Rajasthan.
In this connection, NIT Arunachal Pradesh is the coordinating Institute for ‘Yuva Sangam’ programme under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, nominated by the Ministry of Education for organizing jointly with NERIST an exposure visit of 25 and 15 students selected from NIT Arunachal Pradesh.
At the flag-off ceremony organized at WAII International Hotel Itanagar, Padma Shree awardee & former chief information commissioner YD Thongchi, Director NIT Arunachal Pradesh Prof Pinakeswar Mahanta and Director, NERIST Prof HS Yadav were also present along with all the students and staff from both the institutes.
25 students selected by NIT Arunachal Pradesh are scheduled to visit Andhra Pradesh from February 24 to March 2 and 15 selected by NERIST are scheduled to visit Rajasthan.
Also, there will be students from Andhra Pradesh visiting to Arunachal Pradesh from February 27 to March 4 during Yuva Sangam programme.
The programme has been planned in such a manner to give multi-dimensional exposure to the youth visiting different places of Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan under five broad areas- Paryatan (tourism), Parampara (traditions), Pragati (development), Prodyogik (technology) and Paraspar Sampark (people- to-people connect).
During the visit, students and staff of Arunachal Pradesh will be exposed to places like Sriharikota, Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, Tirumala Temples, Chandragiri fort, Sri City, Sri Kalahastheeswara Swamy Vari Devasthanam Temples, Horsley Hills, Rishi Vatika, IISER Tirupati, SV University Tirupathi etc. Besides, there will be many interactive sessions, activities, dialogue, cultural events, etc.
During the visit, students and staff of Andhra Pradesh will be exposed to places like Hawai Village, Howa Camp, Lohit River, Walong Valley, Snow Mountain view, Helmet top war memorial, Kivithu, Kaho Village, Dong Village for sunrise/ trekking, Hot spring(Tilam), Parsuram Kund, Golden Pagoda, Monastery Namsai, Vidya Bharathi School etc. In addition to these, interactions with entrepreneurs, artists, sportspersons, SHGs, NGOs, local panchayat, district administration, etc., will also be arranged as a part of the tour to enrich their overall experience.
Prof Pinakeswar Mahanta stated that the exposure visit will be fulfilling the main objectives of the Yuva Sangam. He also expressed that the entire exposure visit is well prepared and planned in consultation with many faculty, authorities, district administration, ITBP, NCC units, NSS units, medical units, etc., and will be executed smoothly. Lastly, Director NIT Arunachal Pradesh also expressed a deep sense of gratitude to Wangki Lowang and Shri YD Thongchi for gracing the successful flag-off programme.