23 March 2023
A group of 50 students and four faculty members from the state of Punjab assembled at the Central University of Punjab campus to commence their educational cum cultural visit to Manipur, sponsored by the Government of India, under the Yuva Sangam program from March 23—29, 2023. The Yuva Sangam Punjab Contingent shall be flagged off from Bathinda for their week-long visit to Manipur by Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, on Thursday late evening.
Addressing the press conference, Prof. Sanjeev Thakur, the Nodal Officer from CUPB, mentioned that a delegation of 50 youngsters from Punjab and four faculty members from CUPB, will visit the state of Manipur for a 7-day educational cum cultural exposure tour to promote the spirit of brotherhood and collective nationalism. The Central University of Punjab is the nodal institute for this flagship program of the Government of India and is providing essential support in the smooth execution of the Yuva Sangam Exposure Visit. The 50 member Yuva Sangam delegation from Punjab represents students from different educational institutes as well as off-campus youngsters from different cities in Punjab, selected as per Government of India norms.
Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari, the Vice-Chancellor, stated that Yuva Sangam was mooted by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi Ji, as an initiative to build up close ties between the youth of the North East and the rest of India under the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. The Ministry of Education, Government of India, has taken a lead role in conceptualizing the Yuva Sangam through Exposure Tours of youth, comprising students and off-campus youngsters, from the North East to other states and vice-versa. In this pilot phase, around 1000 youngsters are visiting eight North Eastern States and fourteen other states to strengthen people-to-people connect and build empathy among the youth.
Under this program, the Central University of Punjab is paired with Manipur University. Earlier, the Central University of Punjab coordinated the Yuva Sangam Exposure Visit of a Manipur delegation to the state of Punjab from March 6–12, 2023, where Manipuri youngsters learned about the glorious history of Sikh religion, art, and the rich cultural heritage of Punjab. Now it’s time for youngsters from Punjab to visit the beautiful state of Manipur to interact with youngsters there and learn about the ancient traditions and rich cultural heritage of Manipur. These exposure visits will create a strong bond between people living in border states in the western and eastern parts of India.
During this press conference, the officials informed that Manipur University, the Nodal Institute for the state of Manipur, will be organizing the local itinerary in Manipur. The Manipur visit of Punjab delegates shall encompass visits to Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Thangal Bazar; Heingang Marging Complex; Kangla Fort; Shahid Minar; Ina Market; Sanambhi Temple; Sri Govindaji Temple; Manipur Olympian Park; the National Sports University; Khuman Lampak Stadium Complex; Cheirao Ching Trek; Visits to the Mayanmar Border; the Khangjom War Memorial; the Japanese War Memorial Complex; INA Museum and other famous tourist locations.
The entire tour of these delegates has been meticulously planned to provide them with multi-dimensional exposure to Paryatan (Tourism), Parampara (Traditions), Pragati (Development), Prodyogik (Technology) and Paraspar Sampark (People-to-people connect) of Manipur state.
The delegates shall be leaving from Bathinda on Thursday evening and will board their flight to Imphal from Delhi on Friday morning, where Manipur University officials will receive them. They will return to Punjab on March 29, 2023.