Chandigarh, November 29 - The Governor of Haryana, Sh. Bandaru Dattatraya, hosted the Yuva Sangam Programme (Third Phase) under the ongoing Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Mission at Haryana Raj Bhavan late last evening.

During the programme, 60 participants and Faculty coordinators from 24 districts of Jharkhand, along with officers from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, engaged in discussions, sharing the rich cultures, traditions, music, tourism, cuisine, sports, and local customs of both states.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that the Yuva Sangam Programme under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat initiative aims to strengthen connections between people and foster goodwill among the youth.

He emphasized that the programme, initiated by the Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi, is designed to promote positive understanding among people from different states and centrally governed territories. Various events are organized to share the cultural heritage, traditions, music, education, tourism, cuisine, sports, and local customs of each state, enhancing cultural ties.

Sh. Bandaru Dattatraya said that Haryana and Jharkhand are collaborating in the Yuva Sangam Programme, and NIT Kurukshetra and IIIT Ranchi have been designated as nodal centers for Haryana and Jharkhand, respectively. This collaboration will provide students from Jharkhand with a multidimensional experience and cultural exposure to Haryana, allowing them to learn about Haryana's culture in depth.

He added that the first phase of the Yuva Sangam Programme, involving around 1200 participants from 25 institutions, covered a tour of 22 states of India, focusing on the northeastern region. The second phase saw the participation of about 1000 youth and coordinators in 20 tours covering 23 states and union territories. In the first phase, NIT Kurukshetra organized a cultural exchange program between Telangana and Haryana in September 2022.

Secretary to Governor, Sh. Atul Dwivedi, ADC Arsh Verma, Director, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, Prof. B.V. Ramana Reddy, and other officers also remained present on this occasion.