Northeast students have enriched Delhi’s academic life: Dr Jitendra

Union DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, flanked by Union DoNER Secretary Naveen Verma, posing for a photograph with Northeast students from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University who visited the DoNER headquarter at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Thursday.
Union DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, flanked by Union DoNER Secretary Naveen Verma, posing for a photograph with Northeast students from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University who visited the DoNER headquarter at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Nov 5: Speaking to a group of over 200 Northeast students from Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) here today, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Northeast students have enriched Delhi’s academic life but unfortunately, this is a fact which is either not very widely known or if known, tends to get underplayed.
The students were on a conducted tour organised by the Ministry of DoNER to take them around and acquaint them with various offices of Northeast Ministry as well as other Ministries.
Lauding the student community from Northeast as the cultural ambassadors of their respective States, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the contribution made by these young boys and girls in the social arena within and outside the university campus has actually given them a Pan-India persona and made them an essential component of mainstream India’s onward march to become a global power. He said, some of the best faculty and some of the best research scholars in some of the most reputed colleges and universities in Delhi and other important cities hail from Northeast.
Calling upon the youth  of Northeast to own the Union Ministry of DoNER and become active participants in the programmes and activities of the Ministry, Dr Jitendra Singh said, in today’s age of public participation, a region based Ministry like DoNER will not be able to fulfill its objectives in toto without inputs and feedback from the youth of the region who are the most crucial stakeholders for any development programme for the region. He informed that the DoNER Ministry headquarters in Vigyan Bhawan has started a new hi-tech online “e- Portal” for submission, surveillance and follow up of development projects relating to Northeast falling under the category of Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resource (NLCPR) in order to facilitate the participation of civil society and at the same time to ensure transparency and accountability.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, soon an institutionalised mechanism will be developed to involve youth in the decision making processes of the DoNER Ministry because he is convinced that the suggestions and inputs provided by these young minds are always unaffected, unbiased and uninfluenced and hence extremely valuable.
Union Secretary DoNER Naveen Verma, Joint Secretaries Vijay Bhushan Pathak, A.M. Singh and J.K. Sinha, Economic Adviser Brohmo Choudhury and other senior officers of the DoNER Ministry and over 200 Northeast students participated in the programme. The student group was led by Prof Rishi Raj Meena.

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