On PM’s foreign itinerary, an exchange with Indian students

  • Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 05, 2015 00:21 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to reach-out to Indian students abroad during his foreign trips. This new element, whenever possible, is akin to Modi’s outreach to the Indian diaspora when he travels abroad.

The plan will kick in when Prime Minister addresses Indian students in Hanover, Germany during his forthcoming three-nation trip to Europe and Canada from April 9 to 16. This is seen as Modi’s way of reaching out to young Indians abroad who would contribute to the development of their homeland in some way or other.

There were 9,619 Indian students enrolled in German institutions of higher education in 2013-14, which went up by 2,000 students compared to the figure the previous year.

The USA, UK, Germany, Australia and Canada are some of the more popular countries where Indian students go for studies. Other countries are now beeline for getting Indian students abroad. Modi had reached out to youth during the Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park in New York during his US trip last year.

“For the youth, because you are the future, what you do today will decide our tomorrow. Sometimes I need to say that if we sacrifice our today, our tomorrow will be more beautiful,” Modi had then said.

According to sources both Modi and German chancellor Angela Merkel will inaugurate both the Hannover Messe, the trade fair, as well as the Indian pavilion at the fair, in which India is a partner country. In Berlin Modi will also be visiting a railway station there.

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