Yuva Sangam, under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB), is an initiative by the Government of India to strengthen people-to-people connect between youth belonging to different States/UTs of India. It focuses on organizing educational-cum-cultural tours for the youth, including on-campus and off-campus students, from one state/UT to another. During the tours, multi-dimensional exposure under five broad areas which are Paryatan (Tourism), Parampara (Traditions), Pragati (Development), Paraspar Sampark (People-to-people connect), and Prodyogiki (Technology) is provided to the visiting delegation. Youth across various states/UTs will visit their paired counterparts for 5-7 days (excluding travel days) during which they will get an immersive experience of various facets of the state and the opportunity to interact and deeply engage with the local youth.
Yuva Sangam aligns with key themes in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 by focusing on experiential learning and imbibing knowledge of the rich diversity of India on a first-hand basis. It is an ongoing cultural exchange with the celebration of diversity at its core wherein participants gain an immersive experience of diverse facets of life, natural landforms, development landmarks, recent achievements, and youth connect in the host state.
The previous phases of Yuva Sangam have witnessed strong participation with registrations touching 16767, 21380, and 29151 in the three phases respectively and more than 2870 youth across India have participated in 69 tours in various phases of Yuva Sangam so far. Twenty-two eminent institutions across India have been identified for Phase IV of Yuva Sangam during which participants from these states/UTs, led by the nodal HEI of the state/UT, respectively, will be visiting its paired state/UTs.
Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) Surat has been identified as the Nodal Institution from Gujarat for Phase IV of Yuva Sangam. This time Gujarat state is paired with Arunachal Pradesh having Rajiv Gandhi University as their Nodal HEI. Under this programme, around 45-50 youth from HEIs across Gujarat will be finally selected by SVNIT Surat for educational-cum-cultural tour to Arunachal Pradesh and will also be hosting a similar batch of youth from Arunachal Pradesh. Interested youth in the age group of 18-30 years, mainly students, NSS/NYKS volunteers, employed/self-employed persons, etc. may register through the YUVA SANGAM portal to participate in the forthcoming Phase of this unique initiative which was launched in 2023.
Registrations for Yuva Sangam Phase IV is now open and will be closed on 4th February 2024. All the interested students can register online at https://ebsb.aicte-india.org/
*The selection will be made keeping in view various parameters like equal representation of male and female, educational background, academic disciplines, adequate representation from rural / remote areas, inclusivity, representation from all section of the society etc.
*There is no registration fees for the programme and there is no payment requirement for food, accommodation and travel during tour.