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PM inaugurates National Youth Festival 2018 via video conference

Posted: Jan 12, 2018     By Avishek Dubey

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 22nd National Youth Festival (NYF) through video conference today. The five-day festival, held at Gautam Buddha University of Greater Noida, to commemorate the birth anniversary of youth icon Swami Vivekananda, has been organised by the ministry of youth affairs and sports in collaboration with the government of UP.

Every year, it will be held in a different state from January 12 to 16.

The PM congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of PSLV C40/Cartosat-2 satellite. “Our ISRO scientists have made us proud yet again. ISRO created a century in satellite launching. Farmers, fishermen and scientists will now be able to get ground details with this development,” he said.

Referring to the various start-up schemes, such Centre’s Mudra scheme, Skill India and Startup India funds, Modi said there were enough platforms to help young entrepreneurs to think out of the box and begin something new. 

After breaking the “Noida Jinx”, UP CM Yogi Adityanath came to Greater Noida to attend the event and address 6,000 youths from all parts of the country. This is the third visit by Yogi within 19 days. Union minister for the state (Independent Charge) for youth affairs and sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, and Union minister for culture (Independent Charge), Mahesh Sharma, were also present at the event.

NYF is a platform to bring the youth of the country together — to provide them an opportunity to showcase their talents. National Youth Award was given out by the CM to candidates selected through a rigorous process. The CM gave out cheques of Rs 2 lakh and a medal to the winners.

The theme of the festival was “Sankalp Se Siddhi” — to capitalise on the demographic dividend of young India and to accomplish the goals of a New India.

On January 15, youth parliament will be held at Gautam Buddha University, resembling the workings of a real parliament. All the arrangements have been done by the students themselves.


TAGS: Prime Minister / Narendra Modi / National Youth Festival / Indian Space Research Organisation / ISRO / Mudra scheme / Skill India / Startup India funds / Gautam Buddha University / Greater Noida