Student contingent visiting Japan leaves India

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New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) A contingent of 60 students left India today on a 10-day visit to Japan to have a ''first-hand experience in Japan.'' The contingent, visiting under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme, comprises 54 students, 5 teachers and one Union Human Resource Development(HRD) Ministry official.

''This programme was initiated by former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe who announced this programme for the students to have a first-hand experience in Japan,'' said Shigeyuki Shimamori, counsellor, Embassy of Japan, who was present here when the students left.

This is the second batch visiting under the youth exchange programme after the first left in December 2007, to deepen mutual understanding among people with an opportunity to broaden the knowledge of Japanese politics, diplomacy, economy, social and cultural affairs.

''The students will be put on an altogether different learning environment which will help them in their harmonious development to transform them as empowered individuals,'' said Ashok Ganguly chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), who advised them to learn Japanese also.

Under the JENESYS programme, around 550 Indian youths are earmarked to visit Japan each year in a period of five years, the selection of which is done by the HRD Ministry.

''Applications are invited from all the Central boards like CBSE, Navodaya as well as the state government boards. As far as possible students are selected form all parts of the country,'' informed R L Gupta, HRD Ministry official, who would be visiting Japan with the students.

Students were quite enthusiastic to be a part of the contingent which will visit research institutes and museums in Japan.

'' It will be a nice exposure.I would like to study differences of two cultures,'' said Anindita Basu, a class X student.

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