Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has launched Students and MEA Engagement Programme (SAMEEP), which aims to take Indian foreign policy and its global engagements to students in small towns and cities across India.
Overview of Students and MEA Engagement Programme (SAMEEP):
MEA has asked all its officers, under-secretary and above to visit university/college/school attended by them whenever they are on leave or are visiting their hometown.
- On these visits, officers would interact with students and make them aware about the functions of MEA.
- The students will get information about how India engages with other countries of the world, what are key features of its foreign policy and how diplomacy is actually conducted.
- The officers will be given a standardized presentation from the MEA. The officers can exercise his discretion in providing additional information based on his/her experiences.
- The objective behind this programme is not only to familiarise students about India’s foreign policy and functions of MEA but also to inspire them for considering diplomacy as a career option.
- Name ‘SAMEEP’ has been crowd-sourced from the My Gov portal, out of 550 entries.
- In its bid to reach out to common masses in India, MEA has also started an interactive program on social media called “ask the spokesperson”. In this programme, MEA answers questions (asked by anyone) pertaining to Indian foreign policy.
Quick Facts about Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA):
- Formed in – 1946 (renamed as MEA in 1948)
- Cabinet Minister – Sushma Swaraj
- Ministers of State – M J Akbar and V K Singh
- Foreign Secretary – S Jaishankar