CHANDIGARH: As part of the Army’s national integration initiative, an educational and motivational tour for 25 students, including 12 boys and 13 girls, and three teachers from far-flung areas of Maram in Manipur to Chandigarh is in progress.
On Monday, the youth visited the Chandimandir Military Station where Lt Gen PM Bali, chief of staff, Western Command, interacted and felicitated them. Bali exhorted the youth to excel in academics and sports and aim to become valuable and responsible citizens of the country.
The spokesperson of the Western Command said that the objective of the tour is to motivate students from remote areas of the northeast and to get a first-hand feel of development and cultural diversity in other regions of the country while exposing the students to higher education facilities. The experience gained on the culmination of this tour will open new horizons for these youths who are currently studying in Class X, the spokesperson added.
Besides, the tour would spread a message of goodwill in Maram about the genuine efforts being undertaken by the Army in bringing the youth of this region at par with rest of the nation, the spokesperson said.
The group also visited other places in Chandigarh, including Cactus Garden, Mohali Cricket Stadium, Rose Garden, Punjab University and Chattbir Zoo. They were enthralled by the beauty of Chandigarh. The teachers and the youth expressed their gratitude to the Indian Army for their efforts.