Today a delegation of 42 enthusiastic students from Uttar Pradesh visited the University of Hyderabad campus under the Yuva Sangam Program initiated by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India, under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program.

The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), nodal center of Telangana, is partnering with Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (BHU, Varanasi), which is the nodal center of Uttar Pradesh. The IIT, Hyderabad, has chosen University of Hyderabad for the students to visit and interact with a special focus on Traditions, Technology and People-to-people connect. This will have a positive impact, which will help in fostering national unity and harmony through cultural and educational exchange.

Dr. Madhusudhan, Head-Department of Education and Coordinator- Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program at UoH, gave the welcome address and Dr. Devesh Nigam, Registrar of UoH, introduced the students to the existing academic environment in the country and spoke about the activities and achievements of the University in the last 5 decades. Later, the students were introduced to the world of Millets by Dr. Dr. Mehanathan Muthamilarasan, faculty in the Department of Plant Sciences at UoH. They also visited the Millets Garden and got a first-hand information on the cultivation and uses of Millets.

The later session for the students was at the ASPIRE facilities located in the School of Life Sciences. They were introduced to the facilities by Dr. Sunil. The students also visited various other start-ups located in the facility and had first-hand knowledge of the research and development being done by each one of them. The students also visited the facilities and studio of Centre for Digital Learning, Training & Resources where material for e-learning are prepared. Towards the end they also met Prof. B J Rao, Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad.

Yuva Sangam, under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat initiative, endeavours to promote experiential learning and introduces youth to the rich diversity of our country. It also aims to provide an immersive experience into the unique facets of life, developmental landmarks, architectural and engineering marvels, industrial progress and recent achievements in the host State with the focus being on people-to-people connect. During their visits, delegates will receive multi-dimensional exposure to five broad areas: Paryatan (Tourism), Parampara (Traditions), Pragati (Development), Prodyogik (Technology) and Paraspar Sampark (People-to-people connect) in the host States.

Given the overwhelming response received in the first two phases of Yuva Sangam, which saw more than 2000 youth participating, Phase 3 is also expected to witness immense vigour and enthusiasm. This phase will take forth the idea behind this unique initiative under the aegis of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat by the Government of India which intends to not only just expand the intellectual horizons of young agents of change but also sensitise them to diversity across India so as to channelize their knowledge for a more connected, empathetic and technologically robust India of the future.