IIM-Sambalpur Hosts Kerala Students Under Yuva Sangam Phase-III

Bhubaneswar: Indian Institue of Management (IIM) in Sambalpur hosted 50 Kerala students under the Yuva Sangam Phase-III, an initiative under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat Programme of the Ministry of Education.

IIM Sambalpur serves as the nodal institute for the Odisha-Kerala delegation, while NIT Calicut is for Kerala. As part of the itinerary, the delegate is in Sambalpur and will visit Bhubaneswar and neighbouring districts till December 2. Similarly, a delegation of 50 students from Odisha will visit Kerala in December.

Welcoming the Kerala delegates, Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur, said, “IIM Sambalpur is delighted to welcome delegates from Kerala, a state that shares remarkable similarities with Odisha in terms of natural beauty and culture. Both states boast rich mineral resources and a vibrant arts scene, blending tradition with innovation.”

“At IIM Sambalpur, we prioritise innovation, integrity and inclusiveness in educational approach, recognising the strength that lies in our nation’s diversity. Through Yuva Sangam, we will provide participants with multidimensional exposure under five broad areas of Paryatan (tourism), Parampara (art and culture), Pragati  (infra development), Prodyogik (industrial development) and Paraspar Sampark (interactions with eminent artists and intellects),” he added.

Chief Guest Nauri Nayak highlighted the Yuva Sangam initiative’s core objectives and said, “Yuva Sangam aims to fortify connections among youth from diverse states and facilitate cultural exchange. It encourages young individuals to prioritise creating job opportunities, extending beyond personal benefits to contribute to the nation’s overall socio-economic development.”

Renowned Sambalpuri poet Haldhar Nag inspired the Kerala delegation with his poetry. He underlined that the key to success is in acquiring information and abilities that can lead to success in any field.

Later, Prof Jaiswal took them on the campus tour which was followed by an industry visit to the Hindalco plant in Lapanga.

The Yuva Sangam aims at strengthening the connection between people from Northeastern India and other states by conducting exposure tours for youth, mainly comprising students studying in higher educational institutions and other young individuals, both on and off campus.

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