North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, bid farewell to the visiting Yuva Sangam team from Uttar Pradesh here on Saturday.
Around 60 students and teachers from Uttar Pradesh under the mentorship of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, had started their week-long visit to Meghalaya on February 28 under the aegis of the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat mission’s Yuva Sangam scheme.
The exchange programme of youth aims to provide an immersive experience of various facets of life, recent achievements, tourism, traditions, culture and people-to-people contact between the eight North East states and mainland India. The five-day Yuva Sangam visit of the youth of Uttar Pradesh to Meghalaya included the visit to various sites in and around Shillong.
The visitors travelled to various sites in Sohra and then Raj Bhavan – where they met Governor Phagu Chauhan.
Prof Prabha Shankar Shukla, NENU Vice-Chancellor, spoke about why it is the need of the hour to strengthen the bond and unity among the youths of the nation. “The future of the country lies in the hands of the young generation of the country and it is the youth of the nation which can change the country from a developing country to a developed country,” he said.
The students also interacted with their peers in NEHU through sports followed by a cultural evening wherein the students of NEHU showcased their talents and performed the traditional dances of all the North East states.
One particular student mentioned that she was impressed at how Meghalaya is using bamboo garbage bins in comparison to plastic bins being used in their state. While expressing their joy at the grand hospitality provided by the state of Meghalaya, the youth said that they will be awaiting the arrival of the youth of Meghalaya on March 10 and will try to match the level of the arrangements made by NEHU.
The cultural evening organized by the NEHU Yuva Sangam team also saw the felicitation of Silvi Passah, a Khasi pioneer in Hindi education and Risingbor Kurkalang, the Padmashree awardee from Meghalaya.
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