KATHMANDU, April 11: A 37-member Youth delegation from India visited Nepal from April 4 to 11 to participate in the Youth Exchange Program, at the invitation of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The Youth Exchange Program was held in pursuance of the November 2014 Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India & the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The delegation comprised students from leading educational institutions of India including IITs, AIIMS, NIT, National Law School of India University as well as Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development. The students came from different parts of India.
During their week-long stay in Nepal, the youth delegates interacted with National Youth Council of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board, Chamber of Commerce (Youth Wing). They visited the Pashupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nagarkot and also travelled to Lumbini, Chitwan and Pokhara. At Lumbini, the delegation interacted with the representatives of Lumbini Development Trust. At Pokhara, the delegation interacted with the Regional Director of Nepal Tourism Development Board, Pokhara. Minister of Youth and Sports Jagat Bahadur Bishwokarma hosted the delegation a farewell dinner wherein the students shared their experiences on their stay in Nepal.
The first youth delegation of Nepal, led by the then Minister of Youth and Sports Purushottam Paudel, had visited India in April, 2015. From Indian side, the first visit of a Youth Delegation took place during 10-17 March, 2017 when a 47-member delegation visited Nepal. In April 2017, the second youth delegation of Nepal comprising 49 delegates and led by the Secretary of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal visited India.
The youth delegation concluded their visit on 11 April and found the Exchange Program to be a great learning experience which also helped them in acknowledging and appreciating the deep bond of friendship between India and Nepal. Before their departure to India, the delegation visited the Embassy of India, Kathmandu on 11 April and interacted with selected students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kathmandu.
At the interaction, the delegates thanked the Governments of India and Nepal for their collaborative initiative and stressed on the need for continuing such exchange programs. They also thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports for their warm hospitality and program.