The Manipur University is set to host the Y20 one-day seminar on May 4, 2023 under the theme, ‘Shared Future: Youth in Democracy and Governance’, one of the five themes of the Y20 India Summit, 2023.
The seminar will focus on youth and will mainly highlight the potential of youths in ushering invigorative changes in the country, as per sources.
The Manipur University will welcome around 550 participants – 26 foreign panellists and delegates, 38 delegates and panellists from outside Manipur and 69 from within the state, sources said.
About 70 students from colleges under Manipur University will also participate in the seminar.
Speaking to the media at Manipur University on Friday, vice chancellor of the university professor N Lokendra Singh said that Manipur is a small state which has contributed immensely in the field of sports and culture.
The youths of Manipur have been making remarkable strides in various activities and bringing laurels to the nation, he added.
“It is because of such noble achievements that the Union government has bestowed the university with the prestigious honour of hosting the international youth summit,” he said.
He pointed out that there had been tremendous expansion of India's youth and student population in quantity and quality in the last few decades.
Lokendra maintained that India is a young country with a potent youth force and had been pushing forward numerous youth-centric policies.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Y20 Summit organizing committee professor RK Hemakumar singh said the youths of the state have the potential to make profound contributions to the growth of democracy and good governance in the country.
He added that the programme would be streamed live on social media platforms to reach students residing in remote areas of the state.
Highlighting that India is holding the 18th presidency of the G20, he mentioned that G20 countries control 85 per cent of the global trade, and that decisions taken by G20 countries had grave global implications.
“Within Y20, there are five sub-themes, of which ‘Shared Future: Youth in Democracy and Governance’ is one of them; India is talking about one earth, one family and one future, and nobody should be left out in relation to building this nation as such participation of youth is extremely important,” the chairman said.
He informed that the final G20 Summit, scheduled for September 2023, would deliberate on the seminar's recommendations to provide information and make the voices and concerns of the Indian youth heard on domestic and global platforms.
Therefore, chairman Hemakumar further urged CSOs and public of the state to refrain from any untoward activities such as agitation and bandhs in the days leading up to the seminar in the interest of the youths in the state.