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As many as 120 students take part in leadership summit

Participants at the Sarvodaya Youth Leadership Summit organised by Shanti Ashram, in Coimbatore.Photo: Special Arrangement
Participants at the Sarvodaya Youth Leadership Summit organised by Shanti Ashram, in Coimbatore.Photo: Special Arrangement

While first-year student C. Mukesh from Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science was there to get an overall perspective of leadership, 35-year-old chartered accountant Olina Bankien from Mumbai, was there for exchange of knowledge.

As many as 120 like-minded students and professionals congregated at Shanti Ashram on Wednesday to hone their leadership skills that will make them improve the service outreach of young India.

Students and professionals from five States, 35 districts of Tamil Nadu, and 20 colleges and universities in Coimbatore, are attending interesting sessions at the two-day Sarvodaya Youth Leadership Summit 2013.

While Mukesh wants to take forward the lessons he learns at the summit in the form of volunteer work at Shanti Ashram, people like Olina want to utilise the opportunity to learn more about the outreach work being done by the Ashram so that it can be replicated through the Focolare Movement she is associated with.

Talks, sessions, games and other methods are being employed.

Sessions

Technical sessions on transformational leadership, understanding youth aspirations, child poverty in urban and rural India, violence against women, and building just and humane communities served as good knowledge sources to the participants.

Earlier, inaugurating the summit, N. Markandan, Trustee of the Ashram, urged the youth to perform their duties to perfection before serving others.

“Many are irresponsible in that they are lacking in carrying out their duties. That is why there is disorder in the country. It cannot be called a welfare country when only 30 or 40 crore of the 120 crore population’s welfare is taken care of,” he said.

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