PM Modi opens National Youth Festival in K’taka on January 12 (Ld)
This was announced by the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur on Tuesday during a press meeting in New Delhi.
The 26th National Youth Festival will be held from January 12 to 16 in Hubballi-Dharwad, Karnataka and is organized by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in conjunction with the Government of Karnataka.
Thakur said that while the country celebrates ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the festival aims to strengthen the role of the youth in building the nation during ‘Amrit Kaal’. Therefore, it will be an attempt to spread the message of ‘Panch Pran’, as espoused by the prime minister, to the youth, the Union minister added.
Thakur gave further details and said that India holds the G20 presidency this year, which is a matter of great pride for every Indian.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports organizes ‘Y Talks’ for Y(Youth)-20 activities of G-20 throughout the country.
The National Youth Festival will set the pace for Y-20 involvement across the country by raising youth awareness of Y-20’s themes. The participants, in turn, will take Y-20’s message and themes to all corners of the country, the Union minister added.
Thakur also said that the Youth Festival is celebrated as a green festival using only biodegradable materials. The focus will be on the Prime Minister’s ‘Mission LiFE and Green Energy’, the Union Minister added.
Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of India, Meeta R. Lochan gave details about the festival and said that the 26th National Youth Festival is being organized in Hubballi-Dharwad, Karnataka by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in conjunction with the Government of Karnataka.
More than 30,000 young people will attend the inaugural event where the Prime Minister will share his vision with them. During this unique five-day event, more than 7,500 youth delegates from across India, recognized and leaders in their own field, gather to participate in various learning activities. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Viksit Yuva Viksit Bharat’.
Activities at the festival include (1) Discussions on relevant themes such as Student Centered Governance and Digital India. Domain leaders and other experts will engage in lively discussions with elected representatives on how to facilitate student-centered governance. (2) Adventure sports activities such as diving are included. (3) Exhibitions of traditional sports like Kalaripayatu (Kerala), Silambam (Tamil Nadu), Gatka (Punjab), Mallakhamb (Maharashtra) are organized. (4) Competitive cultural events such as folk dance and folk songs are organized in which groups from different states participate. Interesting non-competitive events include the social development fair ‘Yuva Kriti’, ‘Adventure Festival’, ‘Suvichar’, ‘Young Artist Camp’.
The Youth Summit will include two-way discussions on the following topics: i) the future of work, industry, innovation and 21st century skills, ii) climate change and disaster risk reduction, iii) peacebuilding and reconciliation, iv) shared future youth in Democracy and Governance, v) Health and Welfare
Many of the festival’s events will be live-streamed across the country, enabling millions of young people to be involved in the entire festival as well.
This year the festival is celebrated as a Green Youth Festival where only reusable cutlery, napkins etc. are used. All mementos, medals, stationery are made of reusable material. Water filling stations have been set up to reduce the use of disposable items.
A Yogathon has been scheduled on January 15 between 6 and 8 am by mobilizing five lakh people from 31 districts of Karnataka.
A large number of youth-involving activities are organized throughout the country throughout the festival period.
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