Shillong, November 16: Dr DD Lapang Chief Adviser to the Government of Meghalaya today inaugurated the Reciprocal Inter State Youth Exchange Programme under the ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ at Youth Hostel, Shillong.
The programme was hosted by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Shillong, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. Under the programme, every state in the country are paired between two states for conducting a long term exchange programme.
Meghalaya along with its co-partner state Arunachal Pradesh got paired with the state of Uttar Pradesh. At the first phase, 50 member youth delegation from Uttar Pradesh together with 50 youth from Meghalaya attended the 15 day programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Lapang said that the aim of the youth exchange programme is wonderful thait enhance interaction between people of diverse cultures living in different states and union territories in India and for promoting greater mutual understanding amongst them.
The Chief Adviser urged upon the youth to go ahead to fight against illiteracy and poverty and to bring in the spirit of National integrity.
“Tomorrow is yours, put your head and heart open to build the nation in the spirit of brotherhood,” Dr. Lapang said while appealing to the youth.
Under the programme, the two paired states will conduct a long term exchange programme in different areas such as youth, students, science and technology, culture, economic activities and social field among others.
In the second phase, a combined 50 member youth delegation from Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, 25 youths from each state will visit Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh for 15 days from January 21, 2018 to February 05, 2018, he added.
During the 15 days long exchange programme, various activities such as knowledge learning lectures, group discussion, debate competition, declamation contest, community integration, field visits to cultural sites among others shall be conducted.
The inaugural function was also attended by Anita Kharpor Joint Secretary of the government of Meghalaya and other dignitaries.