The channel will showcase GenNext through a week-long series of programming

India's burgeoning youth population will soon be in the limelight, thanks to a week-long series by CNN titled "Eye on India: Generation Next", which will provide global audiences a comprehensive look at the country's youth. The Eye on India week kicks off with "CNN Connects: India's Generation Next" at 7.30 p.m. on March 18, an hour-long programme co-produced with CNN-IBN, and anchored by CNN-IBN's Rajdeep Sardesai and CNN's Monita Rajpal. The program will feature a distinguished panel of young Indian celebrities, business leaders and commentators such as Rahul Bose, Vasundhara Das, Vikram Akula, Anupam Mittal and Omar Abdullah and an audience of over 100 young Indians. The show will debate four themes: the power of youth, love: India style, the caste challenge and India pride. Through the rest of the week, CNN and CNN-IBN teams will report from various locations around India for World News Asia (4.30 p.m./ 6.30 p.m.) and CNN Today (10.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m.), expanding on the themes explored on "CNN Connects... " and reporting as well as producing special packages on other issues such as youth and religion, education, homosexuality, arranged marriages, youth icons, reservation and so on. The week's programming will also include results from a survey, conducted by CNN-IBN and the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) on attitudes on issues relevant to Indian youth. The programming focus will also include "Express Yourself", in which CNN branded vehicles will travel around Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore encouraging youth to express views on issues relevant to them. Moreover, viewers from around the world can submit their stories, photographs and videos capturing their impressions on India to CNN's innovative i-Report. Log onto www.cnn.com/eyeonindia/ for details.

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