Organized by CIRDAP in collaboration with the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), a five day-long Exposure Visit-cum-Training Programme in India for Bangladeshi Student Delegation took place during 02-06 January 2018. The delegation was comprised of a total of 20 students from top leading public and private universities of Bangladesh. The programme started with an inauguration programme, where Prof. Madan Mohan Goel, Director of RGNIYD graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Prof. Dr. Vasanthi Rajendran, Head, Centre for National and International Collaboration, RGNIYD welcomed the guests and described the programme brief. CIRDAP’s Coordinator of the Programme, Mr. Mohammad Abu Saleh Siddique handed over the CIRDAP Crest and a set of recent CIRDAP publications to Mr. Goel on behalf of the Director General of CIRDAP.
The objectives of the programme were to create an international perspective among the youth against the backdrop of the national youth policy objectives, inter-alia; involve them in promoting peace and development understanding in the society; and promote exchanging of ideas, values and culture as well as to develop international understanding among the youth of Bangladesh and India. Bangladeshi Student Delegation Exposure Visit-cum-Training Programme in India Visit to Rajiv Gandhi Memorial.
Highlights of the Training and Exposure Visits:
- On the first day of the programme, presentations were made on RGNIYD, National Youth Policy 2014 and India Youth Development Index 2017 by Prof. Dr. Vasanthi Rajendran; on Life Skills by Dr. Kumaravel, Assistant Professor, RGNIYD, on ‘CIRDAP – A Centre of Excellence’ by Mr. Saleh Siddique, and orientation on Community Radio and Central Library of RGNIYD;
- Visit to the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial;
- Visit to Kuthambakkam Village Panchayat (a model village which is renowned for the role of youth participation in village development and panchayat system, Trust for Village Self Governance as well as Self-sufficiency practice);
- Visit to the Government College of Architecture and Sculpture at Mamallapuram;
- Visit to the Cultural and Heritage Centres at Mahabalipuram including Krishna’s Butter Ball, Sea Shore Temple and Mahabalipuram Beach;
- Visit to the Electronic and Multimedia Research Centre under Anna University (wherein the students had the opportunity to know about the Production of Multi-media Learning Material, E-Learning Content and Community, and Campus Radio Activities);
- Visit to the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (i.e. Centre for Research on Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development)
- Visit to the Marina Sea Beach;
- Visit to the Tidel Park – One of the largest IT parks in Asia;
- Visit to the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust – A Mentoring Young Entrepreneurs; and
- Visit to the Dakshina Chitra – A Living-History Museum in Tamil Nadu.