“I was impressed with the positivity, helpfulness, and punctuality of the Japanese.” – Debanshu
Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan invited Civil Engineering student Debanshu Chauhan of Lovely Professional University for prestigious international youth exchange program ‘Ship for World Youth (SWY)’ leaders held in Japan. Debanshu was one among 214 youth leaders gathered in Japan from different countries across the world. The participating youth leaders including Debanshu lived together on board the ship ‘Nippon Maru’ for 24 days. All of them deepened their friendship and understanding through various exchange activities. Leaders were encouraged to gain global views and develop skills needed in the field of international cooperation. Other than India, student leaders participated from countries including France, Brazil, New Zealand, the UK, Turkey, Bahrain, and Oman. Debanshu is one of the top LPU NSS Volunteers who has a number of social activities’ participation to his credit.
Humbly accepting that his university has made him a “man of the world” in the true sense of the words, Debanshu shared, “I was fortunate to be a part of such a great youth leadership program. We spent 12 days on the ship and the other 12 days on the shore. By ship we were taken to different North and South Prefectures (States) of Japan. We were also taken to Rikezentakata Prefecture which was destoyed by the tsunami. We were surprised to see the dedication of the ‘Save Takata’ organization of Japan which has done commendable work to restore the prefecture to full life once again. I was impressed with the positivity, helpfulness, and punctuality of the Japanese. I was amazed at how completely on schedule the All Nippon Airlines (ANA) and Bullet Train of Japan were.”
Congratulating Debanshu for his splendid participation, LPU Pro Chancellor Mrs Rashmi Mittal said, “We are happy that our student has experienced this unique opportunity to learn. We are proud of our great NSS volunteer and many time blood donor Debanshu. Prior to this, he has already brought laurels to LPU by participating in the Republic Day Parade and being honoured by the President of India.”
In the amazing ‘Ship for World Youth’ Program 64 countries participated and 31 ports of call were visited. The participants aboard the ship, lived together, studied and discussed common issues from a global perspective. Being on board and in the areas visited, student leaders also participated in various activities that involved multi-cultural and multi-national exchange opportunities. In fact, SWY aims at fostering youths to attain leadership qualities in a more internationalized society than ever. By living with other participants belonging to various cultural, regional and occupational backgrounds, one learns a more balanced and international view towards the world.