New Delhi, Jan 28: Calling on the youth to imbibe discipline and develop their character more vigorously, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today underlined their involvement in nation-bulding activities as a key determinant of the country's success and excellence. "As we register an unprecedented progress in the economic field, we need to imbibe discipline and develop character more vigorously," he said, adding that he wanted the young people "to seek adventure and test their limits, not just academically but in all aspects of one's personality development."
Addressing the National Cadet Corps' (NCC) Prime Minister's Rally here, Dr Singh lauded the services of the cadets and said these ''bright men and women display the promise and hope of India to address the challenges facing our ancient civilisation and modern nation.'' ''The NCC inculcates among our youth the enduring values of our Republic, our civilisation and composite culture. You combine the dynamism and energy of the youth with the discipline and camaraderie instilled by the NCC. This provides an inspiring example of smartness, cheerfulness and team effort,'' he said.
Noting that a third of the country's population was below 20 years of age, and very few countries were bestowed with such youthful resources, Dr Singh said he was confident that the cadets' legacy of inspired service would inspire more and more students to join it to serve the nation as well as enrich their own lives, character and careers.
The Prime Minister said the 'spirit' of the NCC needs to be replicated in many spheres of society to bring about ''constructive social changes,'' and termed the organisation representing a movement for peace and constructive engagement for building an India where youth can play a more positive role for the cause of society and nation.
''Our government is encouraging youth movements that contribute to social and human development. The Nehru Yuvak Kendras have been activated. We are going to support youth programmes that enable young people to get involved in spreading literacy, in rural development, and so on.''