Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya said on Saturday that the Union Government had given its approval to establish a Nehru Yuva Kendra in Udupi.
He was speaking after inaugurating the week-long National Integration Camp organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra, Mangalore, district administration, NSS unit of Mangalore University, MGM College, and the District Youth Federation here.
Dr. Acharya said Udupi was under the jurisdiction of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Mangalore, so far. The youth should be happy and proud of the liberalised and competitive atmosphere in the country.
Those excelling in their chosen fields would always have many opportunities. India had the highest and most talented youth power in the world. The population of the country was young as the average age of citizens was 28. Unlike other developed countries, which had an aging population, India had a young population and it would reap the demographic dividend, the Minister said.
Diversity was a defining feature of Karnataka. Besides Kannada, which was the main language, there were other languages such as Tulu, Konkani, Beary, and Kodava. These languages were living in perfect harmony with Kannada. “This diversity should be our strength,” Dr. Acharya said. Sushma K. of Sahana Yuvati Mandal of Gopady, Kundapur, and Sudhakar R. Amin, president of Vidyavinayaka Yuvak Mandal, were honoured with the Youth Award on the occasion. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs. 5,000.
Raghupati Bhat, MLA, president of the zilla panchayat Katapady Shankar Poojary, president of the Udupi City Municipal Council Kiran Kumar, principal of the college P.V. Gowda, NSS coordinator Gananath Yekkar, and coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra C.J.F. D'Souza were present. Earlier, a cultural jatha comprising “Umathaat” from Kodagu, “Kangilu” and “Dollu Kunitha” from Udupi, “Kolata” from Uttara Kannada, and a Scouts team, which began from the Kadiyali Mahishamardini Temple, culminated at the MGM College. The jatha was held as part of the inaugural programme of the camp. Youth from Chindwara district in Madhya Pradesh, Latur district in Maharashtra, Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu, Ranga Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh, and some districts in the State, and NSS volunteers from Mangalore University are participating in the camp.
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