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Week-long NSS National Tribal Youth Exchange Fest concludes at Don Bosco Institute

By Father P. D. John
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Mumbai, Mar. 11. The week-long NSS youth extravaganza of the National Tribal Youth Exchange Fest that brought together 500 young people from all across India concluded on 08 March 2020 with the valedictory function at the Don Bosco Institute. The Chief Guest was Smt. Pallavi Kachari, Collector-Guwahati Municipal Corporation, while the Guests of Honour were: Prof.  Alak Buragohain, Chairperson-Royal Global University, Angshuman Prasad Das, State Director-NYKS, Abhijit Sharma, Director- Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Brig. R.K. Singh, Deputy Director General-NCC Shillong, Dr (Father) P. D. John, Executive Director-Don Bosco Institute and Mr. Dipak Kumar, Regional Director-NSS Guwahati.
The programme began with a song ''Girl is on Fire'' by two NSS volunteers of DBIM, dedicated to all the women marking the International Women's Day. A short video was presented by Dr. (Father) P.D. John giving an overview of the 7-day NSS fest, with a formal welcome and felicitation of the dignitaries, with Assamese phoolan gamocha and a bouquet of flowers. Angshuman Prasad Das referred to the crowds as a small India sitting saying, ''when you go home tell your friends and extend your knowledge by your service, then your 7-day stay will be a fruitful.'' Abhijit Sharma, Director Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship who spoke on the occasion thanked DBI and NSS saying, ''You are the people who will bring solution to the problem. Adapt to technology to bring solutions. Don't be consumers of technology'' Brig. R. K. Singh DDG, NCC Shillong ssaid, ''Making people aware of their rights is the task of youth. Youth is the powerhouse of any country. India has the biggest asset that is youth power. Be confident in whatever you do, imbibe values and take the responsibility to take this country into a new era. Be part of the solution not part of problem. In future youth will be in the decision making so to be conscious. India is full of Diversity but one identity 'Indian'.''
Prof. Alak Buragohain addressed the gathering wishing ''Good Morning India''. He said, ''youth are the present and future of the country. I can rest assured that with people like you, India will be at the top.'' Smti Kachari thanked DBI for inviting her. She said that she was mesmerized and overwhelmed at the energy that she saw around. She stated that ''Youth is everything a country could ask for. Youth can do a lot for the country. She remarked that she is proud to be a tribal.'' She also talked about values; the first values are learned in the family. She further added, ''we must teach our sons to respect girls. Any girl's responsibility is in the hands of the men. Men should also learn how to treat women. Be positive in Life. Stay healthy, stay happy and stay united. Be proud to be an Indian.''

Distribution of certificates and mementoes.followed. Ahamed Jimshad, P.O. from Kerala said, ''three letters of NSS brought us to Northeast to see the rich cultures of Northeast. In DBI, we were treated like 'Chief Guest' every day. By being in DBI, we felt we were in all the 8 States of Northeast as DBI houses all cultures of Northeast.'' Pusha Saroj, a participant from Delhi said, ''I love DBI and the people of Northeast. They are so welcoming, colourful and sociable. I am going to tell every were about the beauty of DBI and Notheast.'' Shreya from UP studying in Banares Hindu University said, ''Everything is different in Northeast. But I was able to adjust myself and enjoy the sessions and learn a lot. The entire camp was an eyeopener for me about the rich culture of Northeast.'' Milind Kr Gautam, P.O. from Madhya Pradesh said, ''In my thirty years life, I never had such a wonderful experience as I had these days in DBI. DBI is a place where all cultures and all religions meet.''

The Valedictory function came to a close with the Vote of Thanks delivered by Dipak Kumar, Regional Director-NSS who expressed gratitude towards all the guests of the day and to Father P D John, Executive Director of DBIand all his team for their great organising, undying support and guidance; the support staff who were the silent task force behind making the event a success; and lastly the audience for being patient, enthusiastic and the constant reason for the motivation of the organizing workforce. The constant hard work of the staff and management were appreciated and applauded. The singing of the National Anthem brought th eweek-long event to an end.
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