The organising committee for the Kerala School Youth Festival was constituted here on Thursday.

Speaking at the event held to announce the members of the committee, Education Minister M.A. Baby expressed optimism that the 51st edition of the festival that would be held in Kottayam would surpass every expectation in all respects.

“Every measure is being taken to ensure that the fest becomes the greatest cultural extravaganza that the State has witnessed. The government, along with various other bodies, will spearhead the preparations,” he said.

He also said that Vanji Pattu (boat folksongs) and Chavittu Nadakam would be introduced in the exhibition event category during the festival.

Director of Public Instruction A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish briefly listed the arrangements that would be made during the event. “The merging of the high school and the higher secondary youth festivals (in 2009) has increased the volume of participation. About 10,000 students are expected to take part in the festival, which will be held over seven days. There will be a total of 216 events including group and individual events. We have shortlisted nearly 16 venues for conducting the event.

Food courts

Moreover, two food courts will be reserved for providing food and other refreshments to students and spectators. A venue to conduct non-competition events like seminars, discussions and other shows, would bring together many cultural greats together on one platform.

“The appeal committee would be constituted with reputed artistes from all over the State. A total of 18 sub-committees have been formed to ensure smooth function of the annual event,” he said.

The chairman for the event will be Kottayam Municipal Chairman Sunny Kalloor and the General Co-ordinator would be Mr. Hanish.

Presiding over the function, V.N. Vasavan, M.L.A., highlighted the challenges before the organisers of the event. “The festival would require active participation from various sides. We have learnt a lot from the organisers of the previous editions of the event.

The festival will be conducted in the best possible manner despite having several limitations,” he said.

District Collector Mini Antony; Mon Joseph, M.L.A; District Police Superintendent P.G. Ashok Kumar; Mr. Kalloor; Municipal Vice-Chairperson Mayakkutty John; District Panchayat President Radha V. Nair and Vice-President K. Appachan, spoke on the occasion.