IMPHAL, Nov 8 - Manipur�s Commerce and Industries Department will organise the Sangai Princess and Sangai Queen beauty contests during the India International Trade Fair in New Delhi and the Manipur Sangai Festival in Imphal, scheduled on November 17 and November 27 respectively, according to the Manipur Information Centre, New Delhi.
State Commissioner of Commerce and Industries Vivek Kumar Dewangan held a meeting with North East student communities in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss the employment generation potential in the sector of handloom, handicraft and sericulture, promotion of local products and fabrics by organising beauty pageants, and participation of youths in entrepreneurial activities.
The Industries Commissioner said his department, under the aegis of the Exhibition Committee of the Manipur Sangai Festival, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Miss India organisers on October 31 to organise the Sangai Princess contest on the Manipur Day during the India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, as a precursor to the Sangai Queen and Campus Princess for Miss India North East contest in Imphal on November 27 and 28 during the Sangai Festival.
�The contestants for the Sangai Princess contest will be the residents of the National Capital Region having domiciles in the North Eastern States. The participant should be less than 25 years of age. Top finalists will get direct entry into the Sangai Queen contest in Imphal,� he said. The last date of submission of online applications is November 14.
Grooming and screening will take place at the India International Youth Centre, Chanakyapuri, on November 15-16, followed by a fashion show at 6 pm at Hamsadhwani Theatre at IITF, Pragati Maidan, on November 17.
On the other hand, the Sangai Queen Contest will be held on November 27 during the Manipur Sangai Festival. The contestants should have domiciles in the NE States residing anywhere in India.
Grooming and screening for the contest will be held from November 22 to 25.
The Commissioner stated that Manipur has the highest density of handloom, handicraft and sericulture weavers in the country and the Manipur Government is promoting local products and local fabrics by showcasing their potential in product diversification as well as developing marketing linkages by using e-commerce platforms.
He also proposed to organise a 10-day entrepreneurship workshop for BA and MA final year students of Manipur in the national capital in December this year to make them aware of the employment generation potential in the textile sector.