Bhubaneswar: 5/8/17; Under the citizen connect programme of the Bhubaneswar Smart City plan, a workshop on “Youth Connect” was organised by the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation(BMC) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
In a day long programme, around 70 nodal officers comprising of National Social Service (NSS) programme officers and faculty from seven universities and more than 45 colleges of Bhubaneswar participated. The participants shared a wide range of ideas and activities that can be organised in their institutions on the two themes identified for the academic year, “Safe Campus – Safe City” and “Better Life – Better Style”.
Deepak Kumar Routrai,GM (Operations), BSCL and Dr Deepa Prasad, State Programme Coordinator, UNFPA, addressed the participants at the workshop.
Action plans were developed for each college by the participants who also appreciated the initiative. They suggested regular interface and a platform to share activities organised in different colleges to sustain interest of students and institutions.
The participants were informed on the plan by the city to further intensify the youth engagement by organising “City Changer Labs”. The City Changer lab is aimed at providing a platform for youth to come up with creative solutions, innovative models and applications for improved urban living.