On January 12, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the events of the National Youth Festival (NYF) through Video conferencing. This is the 22nd edition of National Youth Festival.
About National Youth Festival (NYF):
National Youth Festival serves as a platform to bring the youth of India together and provides them an opportunity to showcase their talents in various activities.
- First edition of National Youth Festival was held in Bhopal in 1995.
- It is celebrated (starting from January 12) to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the youth icon of India.
- NYF also provides an avenue for creating a Mini-India, where youth from different parts of India, interact in formal and informal settings and exchange their social and cultural uniqueness.
Highlights of 22nd National Youth Festival:
The inaugural function was co-presided by Union Minister for State (Independent Charge) of Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath. Union Minister for Culture (Independent Charge), Mahesh Sharma was the guest of honour on the occasion.
- 22nd National Youth Festival is a five-day event being held at Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh from 12thto 16th January, 2018.
- It has been organised by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India in collaboration with State Government of Uttar Pradesh.
- Theme of 22ndNational Youth Festival is ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’. The theme reflects country’s aspiration to capitalize on the demographic dividend of young India.
- Around 5000 volunteers of National Service Scheme and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan from all parts of India and local youth will participate in this 5-day Festival.