Training of Trainers (ToT) on ‘Youth and Peace Building’ for the NSS Programme Officers


Guwahati, September 23 - The Training of Trainers (ToT) on ‘Youth and Peace Building’ for the NSS Programme Officers organised by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) during 19-23 September , 2017 concluded here today at the NIRD North Eastern Regional Centre. While delivering the valedictory address Professor (Dr.) M.M. Goel, Director RGNIYD said that there is a direct correlation between peace and performance of any economy ensuring intra-generation and inter-generation equity with increase in per capita income. For building peace, we have to adopt non-violence in economics as Needonomics (economics of needs) to be treated as spiritual economics and no to Greedonomics which is major cause of violence, corruption ,terrorism and exploitation of all kinds, said Prof. Goel. Peace in every head and heart ( consumer, producer, distributor and trader) is necessary and sufficient to say no to stress, tensions and fear caused by spiritual bankruptcy and commercialization , told Prof. Goel. We need to make Indian youth SMART and SIMPLE in the strict sense to be relevant for peace building, opined Professor Goel. There is a strong case for marrying spirituality with materialism in terms of the spiritually guided materialism (SGM) strategy flowing from our epics including Bhagvad Gita which is an ism neutral religion free treatise on welfare economics and management, believes Prof. Goel. To provide youth with training opportunities for taking part in peacebuilding, we have to adopt long-term approach by mobilising their capacities, energy, capabilities, and ability of adaptation to new technological trends. Youth could act as mediators, community mobilisers, humanitarian workers and peace brokers, opined Prof Goel. Prof. Vasanthi Rajenderan welcomed the guests ,Mr.David Paul presented the report of the ToT and Ms Ambu Kavitha proposed the vote of thanks.