Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, 17th December, 2008 :Dr. Rupinder Bir Kaur lecturer SGGS college Chandigarh among other 14 group members from india visited Japan to attend an 18 days Training Programme on youth Leadership from 27th November 2008 to 11th December 2008. The group will arrive New Delhi Airport on 13th December 2008.
The programme was organized by the Ministry of youth Affairs and Sports in association with Japan International cooperation Agency (JICA) with the objectives of aquainting the group with the position of youth in Japan, to compare the situation of indian youth with those of Japan and clarifying problems and challenges for India, to understand the necessity of HRD as countermeasures against poverty and to promote and understand youth development by government, private sectors and NGOs in Japan to improvize the present procedures adopted in India for the same.
The representatives formed a highly diversified group from different streams and fields and from 13 different states. the programme included a comprehensive schedule which could give the young leaders an insight into the Education , Political, Social , technological, administrative , Entrepreneurial and Economic Systems of Japan. Besides attending a number of interactive Seminars concerning these issues during their stay of 18 days, the group members also visited three Youth development centres in Tokyo, Nihonmatsu and Mt. Bandhai. During their stay of 10 days in Aizuwakamatsu city in Fukushima prefecture they visited an Elementary school, Metropolitan Police Department, Kitanomaru Science museum, Garbage incineration plant, Employment and Human Resources Development Organization of Japan and a school of alternative education . In a visit to Koriyama city the group visited Koriyama Housei High School and Fureai Science center. The group was also exposed to a cultural exchange programme at Bandhai Youth developement centre on 6th and 7th december in which they shared their views, cultures and rooms with japanese counterparts. An interaction of group members with indians staying in Japan was highly inspiring .
Before the completion of the programme the group members presented their overview of japanese culture and systems. Dr. Rupinder Bir in her group presentation observed that japanese possess a highly rich and strong cultural and moral values with a society which is highly formal and uniform. She also stated japanese systems to be highly structured, community friendly and consistent and which according to her can be adopted in India by bringing about rigourous changes at the Policy making level. In her discussion with Japanese representatives she suggested them to reduce language and other barriers as per global requirements.