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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
04-March-2014 17:39 IST
Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Jitendra Singh Inaugurates Central Library and laid Foundation Stone of the New Academic & Residential Complex of RGNIYD at Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu

The Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Jitendra Singh today inaugurated the state-of-the-art Central Library and laid the foundation stone for the New Academic and Residential Complex at the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), an institute of National Importance, at Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Jitendra Singh said several steps such as Receiving Cabinet approval for a Rs. 514 crores plan for RGNIYD including setting up a corpus fund; Approval of statutes and finalization of recruitment rules; appointment of a new Director of RGNIYD and opening of a Regional Centre of RGNIYD at Chandigarh to cater to North and Central parts of India have been taken over the past 18 months to make RGNIYD an institute of national importance. He also announced the setting up of new Regional centre of RGNIYD in the North East.

Quoting former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi that India is an old country but a young nation, Shri Jitendra Singh said, working towards youth development is not a choice but an absolute necessity of our times. He expressed hope that RGNIYD will be at the forefront of leading the efforts to empower the youth of the country and would promote ideas and vision of the recently launched National Youth Policy and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan.

900 youth comprising of the Volunteers of the National Service Scheme from various Universities and Colleges in Chennai, Youth Club Leaders and Members from different districts of Tamil Nadu, including Shri C.R.Keshavan, Vice Chairperson of Executive Council RGNIYD, Shri Rajeev Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Director RGNIYD and other senior officials from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports were present on the occasion.

The programme was also broadcast live on RGNIYD’s ‘Ilanthalir’ Community Radio to about 40,000 youth from nearby 80 schools and 38 colleges and 90 village panchayats.

The central library meets international standards providing easy access to researchers and students of youth-related studies including e-library, intranet and internet connected digital library facilities. It has a link with the knowledge network under Knowledge Mission of the Government of India. Besides, facilities for translation of youth-related learning material, articles published in journals, case studies, success stories, locally available natural wisdom and classics in different languages have also been made. A separate work station for the research scholars has been set up to facilitate round the clock access to research related literature. The Central Library also houses a National Youth Resource Centre annexed to it. The infrastructure has been created at a cost of Rs.20 crore.

The construction of the New Academic and Residential Complexes at RGNIYD campus is likely to be completed in 36 months. This project costing to the tune of Rs.170 cr has been entrusted to National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC).

The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development is an Institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

Earlier, Shri Jitendra Singh visited the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial and paid floral tributes to the Late Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.