100-member Indian youth delegation to leave for China

June 12th, 2009 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 12 (ANI): The Fourth Indo-China youth delegation will visit China from June 15 to June 24 under the Indo-China Youth Exchange Programme to further foster and enhance the continued youth-to-youth contact between the two countries.

Arun Yadav, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports will lead the 100-member Indian delegation.

During their ten-day stay in China, the delegation will visit Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou.

In view of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010, in New Delhi, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has finalized this year the Indian youth delegation with the objective of getting an exposure to the volunteers programme in China, where large number of volunteers were recruited and trained to handle the international visitors and also for the actual conduct of the international events like the Beijing Olympics, World Expo and similar International Events.

The Chinese side has welcomed this Ministry’s proposal to utilize the visit to learn about the volunteers’ programme in China.

To facilitate this, they will be arranging appropriate visits and interactions for the delegation and the accompanying officials in the cities of Beijing, Guangzhou (the venue of Asian Games next year) and Sichuan - the first two are places where volunteers will be mobilized for mega international events, while the third is where volunteers played important role in relief and rehabilitation after the massive Wenchuan earthquake last year.

The places to be visited in China by the delegation will expose the youths for the volunteers’ programme to be utilized for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, 2010. The 100-member Indian youth delegation, 2009 will comprise of 94 volunteers from the National Service Scheme (NSS), the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), the Cultural Artistes (National Youth Festival Winners), distinguished young journalists and distinguished students of Chinese language as interpreters and five officials.

So far, three Indian youth delegates visited China. The first 100-member Indian youth delegation visited China from October 8 to 17, 2006.

The second 100-member Indian youth delegation visited China from June 7 to 16, 2007.

The third 100-member Indian youth delegation visited China from June 29 to July 8, 2008. (ANI)

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