Sriperumbudar in Tamil Nadu, the place where former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's was assassinated, will now get a national institute of excellence for youth development, first of its kind in India.
The youth affairs ministry has drafted a new law for starting the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development at a cost of Rs100 crore to embolden Gandhi's ideas on cosmopolotianism, securalism, public service and technology.
“The institute is an affirmation of the special bond that existed between him (Gandhi) and the youth,” says a ministry's report, on basis of which the draft law was prepared.
The vision statement for the institute moves a step ahead and says the institute will endeavour to instill youth with the values of the late leader.
“It (the institute) will be emphatic in character building of the youth in accordance with his (Gandhi) vision,” the vision statement for the institute, which would be set up in 43 acres in Sriperumbudar, says.
The youth affairs ministry had been quick to act. Within a month of receiving the report, youth affairs minister Ajay Maken committed a national law. “The bill will be introduced in the monsoon session as it is required under the Constitution to have a law for setting up an institute of national excellence,” said Maken.
In this institute to embolden Gandhi’s value, Maken had given himself a role in running the institute. He would be institute's president as Youth Affairs minister with the President being the visitor.
The institute will not provide academic excellence to 600 students every year it will also advise the Centre on policies for the youth based on research and specific youth-oriented studies.
It will run masters and doctorate courses to train youth for social sectors such as health, education, poverty, tribal affairs, preservation of environment and transparency and accountability in public life.