Active-citizenship programme in 60 colleges by Nov

Bhubaneswar: The much-talked youth programme ‘Active Citizenship’ will be undertaken in around 60 colleges of eleven districts by November this year in the first phase.

On October 2, on the occasion of the Gandhi Jayanti, the programme was launched at the KIIT University campus by Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sudam Marandi in presence of Sports and Youth Services Director AK Jena and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State Project Coordinator Dr Deepa Prasad.

Odisha is among the first States in the country to have undertaken such an innovative and appealing programme for the youth, said the Minister.

The programme, developed in an audio-visual format, has been designed by the State Government with the support of the UNFPA to instil active citizenship values among the youth. It is meant to encourage them towards community development activities and also to act as a positive force in the nation building process.

Around 50 lakh students of the State will be benefitted. While 60 colleges in the districts like Angul, Boudh, Kandhamal, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Khurdha, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Nayagarh will undertake the programme in the first phase by November this year the initiative will be extended across the state in a phased manner.

The Sports department is engaged in further planning and preparing additional volumes of Active Citizenship Audio Visual Modules for making more meaningful impact and evocative in future.

The programme is intended to cover all the educational institutes (1,449 +2 colleges, 705 +3 colleges and 226 technical colleges) of the State.