A 37-member Youth delegation from India concluded their week-long visit to Nepal. They arrived in Nepal on 4 April. The youth delegation concluded their visit on 11 April. They held the view that the Exchange Program to be a great learning experience which also helped them in acknowledging and appreciating the deep bond of friendship between India and Nepal.
At the interaction, the delegates thanked the Governments of India and Nepal for their collaborative initiative and stressed on the need for continuing such exchange programs. They also thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal for their warm hospitality and program.
The Youth Exchange Program was held under and Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
The delegation comprised students from leading educational institutions of India including IITs, AIIMS, NIT, National Law School of India University as well as Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development. The students came from different parts of India.
According to a press release issued by Embassy of India Kathmandu, during their week-long stay in Nepal, the youth delegates interacted with National Youth Council of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board, Chamber of Commerce (Youth Wing).
They visited the Pashupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nagarkotand also traveled to Lumbini, Chitwan and Pokhara. At Lumbini, the delegation interacted with the representatives of Lumbini Development Trust. At Pokhara, the delegation interacted with the Regional Director of Nepal Tourism Development Board, Pokhara. Minister of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal hosted the delegation a farewell dinner wherein the students shared their experiences on their stay in Nepal.
The first youth delegation of Nepal, led by the then Minister of Youth and Sports Purushottam Paudel had visited India in April 2015. From the Indian side, the first visit of a Youth Delegation took place during 10-17 March 2017 when a 47-member delegation visited Nepal. In April 2017, the second youth delegation of Nepal comprising 49 delegates and led by the Secretary of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal visited India.
Before their departure to India, the delegation visited the Embassy of India, Kathmandu on 11 April and interacted with select students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kathmandu.