GUWAHATI, Dec 24 - The 23rd National Youth Leadership Camp was today inaugurated by Lt Gen DS Ahuja, GoC of 101 Area, at the Army Public School Narengi.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also visited the camp and appreciated the effort.
A total of 500 youths � 300 boys and 200 girls � in the age bracket of 14 to 25 years, are participating in the camp, which will conclude on December 31.
The aim of the camp is to impart discipline, punctuality and mutual cooperation, and develop a sense of national unity by interacting with youths of other states and regions and also to imbibe a healthy lifestyle.
Training will be imparted to the youths on leadership, drill and physical training, yoga, sports and group games, first aid and introduction to important vocations as opportunities in self-employment.
Seminars on climate change and pollution, popularisation of science, Indian culture and traditions and career guidance will also be held during the camp.
The camp seeks to instill interest among the youth in culture as well as in science, defence spokesman Lt Col Suneet Newton said.
While encouraging the youth to generate interest towards science, Lt Gen DS Ahuja said old and rudimentary traditions which are impediments to growth should be shed. However, in the race to embrace technology, the youths should not lose sight of the country�s great cultural ethos. The youths should aim to master technologies and not become its slave, and hence, over reliance on gizmos and immature handling should be avoided, he opined.