Youth follow footprints of Vivekananda

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Addressing the National Youth Day programme, Chief Minister Raman Singh said Chhattisgarh youth are following the footprints of Swami Vivekananda and marching ahead on the path of progress. The entire world looks up to Swami Vivekananda for inspiration. The Chief Minister said “the confidence, curiosity and enthusiasm in the eyes of youngsters in the state assured me of the golden future of the state. Youngsters from remote areas are now studying in premium educational institutions. This year, 27 students from the Prayas Residential School run by the state government have been selected for IIT. Youth are overcoming every obstacle in their way to set milestone in every field. The State Government is extending every possible support to establish national-level educational institutes in the state, to ensure bright future of the youth. As a result, Chhattisgarh has IIT, IIM, NIT, AIIMS, IIIT, HNLU and 10 Medical Colleges at present. All 27 districts of the state have Livelihood Colleges for skill development, wherein more than two lakh youngsters have been trained in various trades.” Singh said “it is a matter of pride for Chhattisgarh that after Kolkata, Swami Vivekananda had spent maximum time of his life in Raipur. When the Swami was travelling to Chhattisgarh via Jabalpur, he experienced enlightenment near Chilphi Ghati. The achievements made by him in 39 years of his life are exceptional.”
The Chief Minister said youngsters in Chhattisgarh have all the opportunities in all sectors to grow and succeed. The state is becoming the centre of change for nation’s development. It is the highest producer of electricity in the country. Total 25,000 MW power is generated in the state. It produces 30 per cent of the steel and sponge iron of the country. He said youth of the country have set new milestones at international-level in the field of sports, education and cultural activities. After his debut in test cricket at the age of 16, Sachin Tendulkar has become the greatest cricketer of the world. Vishwanathan Anand became grandmaster of chess at the age of 18. Indian youth are now managing the top positions of biggest companies in the world. IIT alumnus Sundar Pichai in Google and Satya Nadela in Microsoft are the live examples, he added.

Vivekananda inspires global youth to follow humanism: CM
Chief Minister Raman Singh, while wishing the citizens of the State on the auspices of Swami Vivekananda’s Jayanti, said Vivekananda was an inspiring personality to the youth across the globe. The great visionary showed the true path of enlightenment with his great philosophy, ideals and pragmatism. The Chief Minister said the natives of Chhattisgarh should be proud of the fact that Swami Vivekananda spent some time in Raipur during his formative years. The International Airport in the capital and the technical institute at Bhilai Nagar had been named after him as a mark of respect to the nationalist Indian, he added. Singh assured the youth that the state is committed to the socio-economic and moral transformation and welfare of youth.
Chhattisgarh is the first state that has made law for skill development of youth. Several projects had been launched to develop skill of the youth. Livelihood Colleges had been started in all the 27 districts of the State, he said. The Chief Minister said several scholarships had been introduced in institutes of higher learning. Loans are being given to students at zero interest rate in the naxal-affected districts and at one per cent interest rate in peaceful regions. Swami Vivekananda Youth Promotion Project is meant for the citizens in the age-group of 15-35 years to develop their personality, he added.

Vivekananda’s ideals reflect in development: Kher
Veteran film actor Anupam Kher, who was the keynote speaker of the programme, said Chhattisgarh is the state, which reflects the ideals of Swami Vivekananda in all its aspects. The only airport of the country to be named after Swami Vivekananda is located in the technical institute at Bhilai Nagar had been named after him as a mark of respect to the nationalist Indian, he added. Singh assured the youth that the state is committed to the socio-economic and moral transformation and welfare of youth. Chhattisgarh is the first state that has made law for skill development of youth. Several projects had been launched to develop skill of the youth. Livelihood Colleges had been started in all the 27 districts of the State, he said. The Chief Minister said several scholarships had been introduced in institutes of higher learning. Loans are being given to students at zero interest rate in the naxal-affected districts and at one per cent interest rate in peaceful regions. Swami Vivekananda Youth Promotion Project in all the 27 districts of the State, he said. The Chief Minister said several scholarships had been introduced in institutes of higher learning. Loans are being given to students at zero interest rate in the naxal-affected districts and at one per cent interest rate in peaceful regions. Swami Vivekananda Youth Promotion Project is meant for the citizens in the age-group of 15-35 years to develop their personality, he added.

‘Bharat Jaago’ marathon
The Culture Department organised a “Bharat Jaago” marathon at Gandhi Udyan in Raipur. Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal inaugurated the programmes at Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum Raipur. Addressing the function, Agrawal called on youth to make India clean, beautiful and proud. He visited the art gallery of Mahant Ghasidas Museum, where photographs and digital rangoli exhibition based on life of Swami Vivekananda was held.
Agrawal said “Swami Vivekananda is not a person but an ideology. It is the name of an ideological revolution and resolution. He asked the youngsters to take inspiration from thoughts and principles of Swami Vivekananda to determine the direction of their future.
He motivated the youngsters by reciting Swami Vivekananda’s quote “arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached”. He commemorated the contribution of Swami Vivekananda to Indian society, saying he had fought against the social evils and had glorified India’s culture, civilization and superiority across the world.
Chairman of Apex Bank Ashok Bajaj said Swami Vivekananda enlightened the world by spreading the knowledge of Indian culture and spirituality. Bajaj flagged of the ‘Bharat Jaago’ marathon from Gandhi Udyan which culminated at Mahant Ghasidas Museum.

Anupam Kher launches Raman App
Veteran film actor Anupam Kher, in the presence of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, launched “Raman App”, at a programme organised at the indoor stadium, on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary. This app will allow people of the state to directly connect with their Chief Minister. On this app, all the latest information and updates are available. Raman App can also be used for listening to the various episodes of Chief Minister’s radio programme ‘Raman Ke Goth’. Moreover, photographs and videos of the Chief Minister’s tours, meetings and various events will also be available on it. The app can be used for getting information regarding Chief Minister’s public life, his schemes and achievements. It will run on both android and ios platforms and can be downloaded from there.

Cultural presentations enthral audience
Celebrating the National Youth Day, youth presented colourful cultural programmes on several current events, folk music and folk arts. Chief Minister Raman Singh, actor Anupam Kher and several prominent citizens appreciated the scintillating performances of the youth.

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