Tribal youth from Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana arrive in Mumbai to participate in the 15th Tribal Youth Exchange Program

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: Mumbai, October 28, 2023

Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) has organized a Tribal Youth Exchange Programme (TYEP) in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, which started at Mumbai University Kalina campus today. The week long programme will conclude on 2nd November, 2023. 220 youngsters have arrived in Mumbai from  Gumla, Khunti, Latehar and Seraikela – Kharsawan districts of Jharkhand, Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, Bhadradari district of Telengana, and Jamui abd Lakhisarai district of Bihar to take part in the exchange program.

The aim of this exchange program is facilitating development and empowerment of tribal youth. The tribal population residing in the remote corners of the country may not have access to first hand information about what is happening elsewhere in the country. Hence, the tribal youth exchange programme aims to connect student and youth communities with their counterparts and peer groups from other locations of the country so as to empower them with sufficient information and opportunities leading to positive engagements and education. This way, the extremist activities among them can also be curtailed.

The 15th Tribal Youth Exchange Program aims to raise aspirations of youth from remote tribal areas of 25 selected districts of 8 states of the country and provide them opportunity to visit 25 different places of the country to understand the cultural ethos, language, lifestyles of the people, socio­- economic and cultural development and the unity in diversity aspects of our national life. The exchange program also includes awareness session on various developmental welfare schemes to make them aware of the technological and industrial advancements, skill development, education and employment opportunities in various parts of the country. Further, sensitizing the tribal youth about their rich traditional and cultural heritage also form a part of the exchange program. 

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Shri Vaibhav Nimbalkar, DIGP, CRPF Western Sector urged the tribal youth to become responsible citizens of the country, by working hard and keeping away from drugs and substance abuse. He encouraged them to struggle in life to become successful.

Shri Prakash Kumar Manure, State Director of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Maharashtra said that it is hoped that the program will help tribal youth to develop emotional connections with their peer groups in other parts of the country and thereby enhance their self-esteem. This will also leverage their knowledge and intelligence among their community and peer group after moving to their native place. For that purpose, guidance sessions have been organized on various topics, along with work camps, cultural programs, cleanliness drives and speech competitions, he stated.

The dignitaries present on the occasion also included Shri Ashok Ghule, Registrar, Mumbai University; Shri Deep Narayan Shukla, Dean, Podar College, Mumbai; and Shri Ramkumar Pal, Senior Social Sevak in Mumbai.

The exchange program participants will visit Raj Bhawan Mumbai for a conversation with Maharashtra Governor Shri Ramesh Bais on Monday. They will also visit Vidhan Bhawan on coming Tuesday, and attend a session with Rapid Action Force at Central Reserve Police Taloja Mumbai Campus on Wednesday. They will also visit the notable tourist spots of Mumbai, like National Museum of Indian Cinema, Gateway Of India, Marine Drive and Juhu Beach.

NYKS has previously organized fourteen Tribal Youth Exchange Programs since 2006.




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