Dr Salam D Singh

Dr. Salam D Singh is a scholar and a development worker by profession. At present, he is working as a District Youth Coordinator at Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and is currently posted at Shillong, Meghalaya. He implements a host of nation-building programmes of the Central Government, motivating youth at the grassroots level. In the past, the author has published books and articles on United Nations Volunteers, Volunteerism and youth development issues. He has also presented many papers at various national and international seminars, both in India and abroad, with a focus on youth affairs. In 1991, he enrolled in United Nations Volunteer Programme, Geneva for community service in Indonesia and did his Ph.D. on UNV activities. He has been associated with the International Association for Volunteers Effort (IAVE), USA since 2001. In 2011, he was one of the Group Leaders of the historic Indian Youth Delegation of 500 members who had visited different cities including Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing in China as part of the India-China Youth Exchange Programme, which is the subject of this book. In 2012, he was nominated as a member of the National Task Force for reviewing youth programmes in the country by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. His next book, which is to be published shortly, is titled “The Good Dictator: The Bad Dictator”.

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The India China Youth Exchange programme was a new generation approach to strengthen bilateral relationships and mutual trust between India and China. It was launched in November 2006, when the first batch of 100 youth member delegates from both countries was reciprocally exchanged; this was continued in subsequent years. The long-term objective of the exchange was to promote people-to-people contacts between the two countries in order to boost the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge on socio-economic, cultural and developmental aspects. The focus of this book is on the sixth batch of the exchange programme, held from 19th to 29th September 2011. This batch’s visit was considered to be the most historic event in the history of Indo-China diplomatic relations, which was also coincidentally organized on the eve of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China.

The visit was an eye-opener for the Indian delegates who were exposed to a rich and varied spectrum of China’s developmental activities, many of them unique and innovative. These included sports tourism, industrial tourism, the Chinese work ethic, their patriotism, their commitment to the environment and more. The author, an experienced youth development officer, who accompanied the 200 strong delegation to China in 2011, outlines his experiences. He strongly believes that we could learn a lot from China if we can implement many of their innovative schemes. This would help propel our economy on a rapid growth trajectory.

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