Children from Middle East take part in Asianet News’ ‘Proud to be an Indian’  

These students were part of a delegation, led by M G Radhakrishnan, Editor of Asianet News, who visited various locations of historical importance in India

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 1, 2019 7:08 PM

Riding an unprecedented wave of enthusiasm from the children of Indian diaspora in the Gulf region, the seventh edition of Asianet News’ ‘Proud to be an Indian’ (PTBI) programme was flagged off on January 24 by Vipul, India's Consular General in Dubai.
Eighteen students were selected from 1,800 applicants from various schools across the Middle East. These students were part of Asianet News delegation who are on a seven day-voyage passing through various locations of historical importance in India. The delegation was led by M G Radhakrishnan, Editor of Asianet News and the students were accompanied by three teachers.
"Proud to be an Indian has emerged as the most inspiring project for the young generation of Indian expatriate community living in Middle East to give them a glimpse of the Indian heritage. This is also one of the first programs to be held at the Indian Consulate every year in connection to kick off the Republic day celebrations" said Vipul, felicitating the students selected for PTBI at a function held at the Indian Consulate.
"Started seven years ago, ‘Proud to be an Indian’ has grown stronger each year. The number of applicants we received this year is at an all-time high. We started with schools only from Kerala and now we have students and schools participating from the Middle East," said M G Radhakrishnan, Editor, Asianet News.
K J Alphonse, Union Minister of State for Tourism, interacted with the delegation in Delhi and said that the programme immensely helps to nourish patriotic spirit among the children of the Non-Resident Indian community. 

This interaction was held at Hotel Ashoka and was attended by Ravneet Kaur, CMD, ITDC and Piyush Tiwari, Director, ITDC. The delegation also met Vice Admiral P Ajith Kumar, Vice Chief of Naval Staff at his official residence.
The delegation attended the Republic Day parade in Delhi. Before concluding the trip, the delegation visited Statue of Unity, Sabarmati Ashram and other historical places in Gujarat.
“Proud to be an Indian is an annual event organised by Asianet News to give a gist about India’s heritage to enthusiastic Indian students. This programme usually coincides with the Republic Day and the idea is to inculcate patriotism among youth of Indian origin living abroad. Over the years we have got tremendous response from NRIs living in the Middle East,” said Amit Gupta, Managing Director and Group CEO, Asianet News Media & Entertainment Pvt Ltd. 

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