GUWAHATI, Jan 12 - The Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS) observed National Youth Day in the conference hall of the State Institute of Health & Family Welfare (SIHFW) at Khanapara here today.
Welcoming the participants to the event, ASACS Joint Director (IEC) Bonti Saikia, while stressing this year�s theme, �Indian youth for development, skill and harmony,� said, �Youth is the asset of society and thus, we cannot ignore the fact that they are the most vulnerable lot. It is our prime duty to ensure that they follow the right path. Swami Vivekananda is the real youth icon of the nation and by observing this day which coincides with Swamiji�s birthday, we actually try to remind the youths that they should not take any wrong path and instead follow the ideals of Swamiji.�
Noted writer Jayanta Madhab Bora, in his speech said, �If we want to empower others, we must first empower ourselves. Today�s youths are losing patience. They have no time to listen to others. Thus, there is a huge communication gap and this has resulted in indiscipline amongst the youth. There is frustration amongst the youth today and that is why, they become prone to high-risk behaviours.�
Professor and HoD of Assamese, SB Deorah College, Janendra Kalita, said, �Swami Vivekananda�s contribution for the uplift of the society, especially the youth is unparallelled. Swamiji always inspired the youth to serve the nation. He always believed that service to mankind is service to God.�
Another professor of SB Deorah College, Dr Niranjan Kalita dwelt on the ideals of Swami Vivekananda. He said, �Swami�s views and teachings will always help in building up a strong and healthy society. The youth of the country must come together to carry forward the dreams of Swamiji.�
ASACS Assistant Director, Youth Affairs, Apurba Bezbaruah was also present on the occasion.