Kochi set to host eight-day youth festival
KOCHI: The stage has been set for the eight-day-long second Kerala Youth Forum being organised here by the Kerala State Youth Welfare Board. The forum will give shape to a comprehensive State youth policy.
Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will inaugurate the Forum at Durbar Hall on May 3 at 6 p.m. Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and film actor Mammootty will be chief guests.
The forum will get off to a start with a colourful procession announcing the heritage and diversity of the culture of Kerala. Ministers S. Sarma, Mullakkara Ratnakaran and Mons Joseph, Mayor Mercy Williams, MPs Sebastian Paul and K. Chandran Pillai, District Panchayat President P.S. Shyla, GCDA chairperson M.C. Josephine, District Collector M. Beena, vice-chairman of the State Youth Welfare Board, P. Sreeramakrishnan and convener of the Youth Forum, M. Anilkumar, will also be present.
P.T. Usha, athlete; poet Balachandran Chullikkad, film actors Meera Jasmine and Vineeth Sreenivasan will jointly light the lamp marking the start of the forum.
Finance Minister Thomas Isaac will inaugurate the delegate’s meet to be held on May 3. Forest Minister Binoy Viswam will be the chief guest. About 1,000 delegates representing local self-government bodies and youth organisations will participate. The meet will serve as a unique platform for thousands of youths to come together, have discussions on a variety of topics and discover a common ground.
A variety of programmes would be held at various venues in the city. Seminars will be held on 12 topics based on which the State youth policy will be drafted.
A major attraction of the festival would be a job fest to be held at the Rajagiri campus at Kakkanad. About 25 multinational companies will participate in the fest. Besides spot registrations, candidates can also register online through the website www.ksywb.com
Fifteen delegates from 10 States will participate in a week-long national integration camp to be held at the Cochin University of Science and Technology. It is aimed at creating nationalistic feelings and to enable the participants to have a close look at the cultural heritage of different States. An international book fest to be held at Durbar Hall will be another major attraction. There will be a meet focussing on campus leaders. An eight-day-long youth exhibition would feature the products of youth clubs and exhibitions based on the problems faced by the youth.
Minister of Law and Youth Welfare, M. Vijayakumar, will inaugurate the valedictory function at Durbar Hall on May 8 at 5 p.m. Minister for Transport, Mathew T. Thomas, will preside over the meeting. V. R. Krishna Iyer, former Supreme Court Judge, will be the chief guest. K. Kanimozhi, MP, will deliver the keynote address. Film actors Dilip and Jyothirmayi will also be present.