Bhubaneswar: A workshop, ‘Youth Connect’ was organized for NSS Programme Officers by the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) in partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation on Tuesday to plan involvement of the youth of Smart City Bhubaneswar in social development.
“Youth connect” is a component of the “Citizens Connect Programme” of the city administration aimed at channelizing the youthful creativity, enthusiasm and energy in making the No. 1 Smart City of India, socially smart.
The NSS Programme Officers will act as nodal officers for the youth-centric programme in 50 colleges, within the Smart District and across the entire state Capital.
GM Operations with BSCL Binay Kumar Dash gave a brief outline of the Smart City while Deepa Prasad of UNFPA said apart from the educational institutions youth in the urban slums and particularly within the Smart District during the preliminary phase, will be in focus as girls and women still remain vulnerable in society despite all development initiatives.
The programme will be mainly divided in three themes i.e. Safe campus, safe city, Better style, better life and Youth against discrimination and violence against women, under which students in colleges will be sensitized through various films, documentaries and videos, how to develop a sense of respect and responsibility towards the girls and the women to make their campuses safer and comfortable for the opposite sex. She said medically serious psycho-physiological disorders and stressed conditions is observed in youth in their early teens or twenties. This is a dangerous trend and is often having roots to smoking, alcoholism, drug addiction and many bad habits practiced in early age. Through various information communication techniques (ICT) tools the initiative will try to change the behavior pattern in the youth both in colleges and urban slums to create a more creative and productive youth force for the Smart City Bhubaneswar.
To achieve the objectives students in groups will be called for meetings and seminars on specific themes. It is expected to organize the events with 200 students in three to four batches per college.
The “Citizen Connect” activity also decided to take up the first programme in the city, perhaps within the BTCD area on March 8 as the day is celebrated as the International Women’s Day. This would be a city-based major event to take the initiative forward.
During the event faculty members of various colleges, officials of UNFPA, BSCL, BMC, BDA and social service organizations participated.