ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The Mumbai-based Indian National Fellowship Centre (INFC) has assured its full support for mentoring the youth from the North East in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular towards educational and economic empowerment.
The INFC would also be taking up various projects to support schools in Arunachal Pradesh to strengthen education and related infrastructure.
The INFC members conveyed their assurance during the 10-day educational, emotional and national integration home-stay of a Puroik community team in Mumbai on June 15 last, a Raj Bhawan communiqué said here on Saturday.
The INFC, which sponsored the home-stay on the advice of state Governor PB Acharya, hoped that the Puroik group from Arunachal would go back and work for national integration, welfare and betterment of the state and community.
After the tour of Mumbai, the city of dreams, the Puroik team was a given an informal fun-filled farewell. Dance and emotional speeches ruled the evening. The evening was attended by members of INFC, students of Sathaye College and well-wishers who made the tour possible.
The Sathaye College students presented Maharashtrian dances and a street play while the Puroik team mesmerised the audience with traditional dances and a folk song. What left the hosts awestruck was the Puroik team performing a short Marathi song inviting the monsoons.
The Puroik community members expressed their gratitude for the love they received in Mumbai. The hosts were also presented beautiful gifts – traditional weaves such as gaale and muffler for women and jacket – that the team had brought along with them.
Zing, a guest from Manipur addressed the audience and shared her experience when she came to Mumbai for the first time. She works in the management team of popular singer Kailash Kher.
She urged the young people from both Mumbai and Arunachal Pradesh to work hard irrespective of their traditional backgrounds and be proud of being Indians. She said she was extremely privileged to be part of the evening and was very happy that such initiatives are being taken up to help young people get exposed to the diversity the country has to offer.
The Puroik team members said they had mixed feelings on having to leave. They were happy to go back home but at the same time sad that they had to leave their hosts and the city.
The governor has facilitated many home-stays for the youths from Arunachal Pradesh since 1967. Many senior citizens like former Commissioner TT Gamdik, Pema Wanchen, former administrator Sange Tsering Khampa and Leki Phuntso and a number of people availed benefits from those initiatives, the communiqué added.