Do you know why we celebrate National Youth Day in India and its connection with Swami Vivekananda?
Why: The National Youth Day is commemorated as the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Since when: It was the year 1984 when the Government of India declared this day as National Youth Day and since 1985, 12th January is celebrated as National Youth Day every year.
The Festival aims to shape the minds of India’s youth and transform them into a united force for nation-building. It is one of the biggest exercises in social cohesion and intellectual & cultural integration. It aims to bring diverse cultures of India and integrate them into a united thread of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.
This year, in view of the emerging Covid situation, the Festival has been scheduled to be held virtually from 12 – 13 January 2022. The inauguration will be followed by the National Youth Summit wherein there will be panel discussions on four identified themes. In line with the youth-led development and motivating youngsters to solve the emerging issues and challenges, the themes will include environment, climate, and SDG-led growth; tech, entrepreneurship, and innovation; indigenous and ancient wisdom; and national character, nation-building, and homegrown. Recorded video capsules of Puducherry, Auroville, Immersive City Experience, indigenous sports games & folk dances, etc. will be shown to the participants during the Festival. There will also be open discussions with Olympians & Paralympians followed by live performances in the evening. The virtual yoga sessions will be organized in the morning.
During the event, the Prime Minister will unveil selected essays on “Mere Sapno ka Bharat” and “Unsung Heroes of Indian Freedom Movement”. These essays have been selected from submissions by over 1 lakh youth on the two themes.
Prime Minister will also inaugurate a Technology Centre of the MSME Ministry, established at Puducherry with an investment of about Rs. 122 crore. With a focus on the Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) Sector, this Technology Centre will be equipped with the latest technology. It will contribute towards skilling youth and will be able to train around 6400 trainees per year.
Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Manimandapam – an auditorium with open-air theatre, constructed by the Government of Puducherry at a cost of about Rs 23 crores. It would primarily be used for educational purposes and can accommodate more than 1000 people.
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