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21 July 2012
National Workshop for Young Leaders 2012

The workshop is being organized for India’s 25 young emerging leaders. The aim of this workshop is to share and develop strategies for creating and sustaining a democratic, peaceful and inclusive world around us. Do you believe you are among the brightest 25? Have you demonstrated leadership qualities at a raw age? Would you like to network with similar people? Would you like a platform to learn and unlearn new ideas and leadership skills to take back to your organization? Would you like to know more about LYF and its activities across the nation? Would you like new challenges? If yes, APPLY!

21 November 2011
Seminar on "Culture of Transparency, Democracy& Role of Youth" - Dehradoon, 21st November, 2011

Venue - University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun For any other information please feel free to contact Suyash Sinha Campus Coordinator LYF suyash.upes@gmail.com

17 November 2011
Delegation from LYF met Pro VC – Kolhan University regarding problems related to Examination System and submitted Memorandum

Jamshedpur/ Chaibasa: A delegation on behalf of Liberal Youth Forum met Pro VC of Kolhan University Ms Laxmishree Banerjee today , 17th Nov, 2011 at University office in Chaibasa, regarding the problems related to the Examination system . On behalf of students of Kolhan University attention of the University Administration was towards three of the most grave issues faced by the students of the University a) Non Provision of Supplementary Examination or Carry over System Many students in Kolhan University fail in one or two papers during their examination and they loose entire one year. Unilke mostly other universities in other states where there is provision of Supplementary examination. In those Universities students get promoted to the next class and they can clear the paper whenever examination for the same is held , hence their one year is saved . However in our system , loss of minimum an year becomes inevitable in case the students fails or remains absent due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances even in one subject. b) Delay in Examination Delay in examinations, mainly for Part 1 and Part 2 of Graduation had been earmarked as the other most troubling characteristics of erstwhile Ranchi University and now Kolhan University. This delay in examination results in extremely short time availability for studies and course completion in for Part 2 and Part 3. The problem becomes more worrisome when a student gets failed in the Part 1. Usually examinations for Part 1 are conducted in the month of September – October, worth mentioning is that practical examinations for many courses are still going on. The results are being declared in the month of November or December. Many students do fail in one or two subjects and hence want to change the course or discontinue with course . In this case they loose two years , not just an year. Absence of provision of supplementary examination actually compliments this problem. c) Defunct Re-evaluation system Re evaluation system is almost defunct and students by large had been unable to access this facility. The difficulty starts from filling up the re-evaluation application form itself and the result of re-evaluation application is hardly declared in stipulated time. These systemic flaws are among the major cause of the Migration of students to universities of other states. Suicidal attempts and depression among students are also the attribute of these issues. In light of the above problems following three demands were put up: a) Provision of Supplementary system for those students who fail in maximum 3 subjects b) Timely conduct of Examination of Part -1 and Part-2 students of Graduation along with Part-3rd students c) Strengthening Re-evaluation system and making it functional in stipulated time. Team in a meeting which continued for more than an hour requested Pro VC to take up the matter on urgent basis in order to save the future of students from getting ruined on repeated basis every year. Though she gave the assurance that she would take up the matter seriously , she also shared the problems being faced by the Kolkhan University in terms of lack of funds, acute shortage of Human resources and non availability of land and basic Infrastructure. She said in this grim situation she can’t make promises, however she would try her level best to get these basic demands fulfilled. She said that for good governance of the Universities and better prospects of Students these demands are quintessential. Delegation team was lead by Anurag Ojha , Coordinator , Jamshedpur Chapter, Liberal Youth Forum who is also a student of Kolhan Universtity. Six other students of different colleges of Kolhan Univerity , also member of Liberal Youth Forum namely Amit Kumar, Satish Kumar Singh, Shoib Khan, Indrajit Singh, Suresh Dubey and Durgesh Waghmare , were part of the delegation. Rajan Singh , National Core team member and Programs Coordinator of Liberal Youth Forum facilitated the delegation meet. Signature of 750 students of Kolhan University demanding the same has been attached to the memorandum . Team will wait for some time, and if no action is taken in this regard on urgent basis then higher offices will be knocked and if needed movement will be intensified across the state on these issues.

13 November 2011
Seminar on "Democracy and Right of Expression in Educational Institutes", Dhanbad - 16th November, 2011

For any query and further information please feel free to contact Shitanshu - Coordinator, LYF Dhanbad, 07209737976

13 November 2011
Seminar on "Culture of Transparency, RTI and Role of Transparency", Ranchi - 15th November 2011

For any query and further information please feel free to contact Deepak Asast - LYF Ranchi , 09570092638

04 November 2011
Seminar on “Culture of transparency and Role of Right to Information in Educational Institutions” Bhubaneswar – 4th November, 2011

To have transparency in the administration and Finances of the Educational Institutions a seminar on the above mentioned topic was organised by Liberal Youth Forum – Delhi based organization and Youth Development Foundation – Bhubanewar at Centre for Social and Scientific Research, Bhubaneswar (CSSR). Students were trained to file an RTI application with special regard to bring in reform in the Higher Education System. Noted RTI activist Advocate Mr Chitta Behra conducted this session. He also highlighted the problems with the Orissa RTI rules set by the Government where no RTI can be filed without the prescribed form available in the government departments, identity card of the applicant and Orissa Treasury Challan –only available in subdivisional towns and cities of Orisaa. Thus making it next to impossible for rural population and people outside Orissa to avail this Right. Worth mentioning is the fact that these rules are in clear conflict with the Central RTI act , 2005 and no other state apart from Orissa has such anti people rules. Participants are writing to the Chief Minister of Orissa to change these anti- citizens’ provisions of the Orissa RTI rules. It has been termed as Draconian and anti citizen by a participant Ms Sasmita Swain also a student of the CSSR. Mr Govinda , Secretary , Youth Development Foundation discussed about the problems presented by the students of Utkal University of culture , mainly the delay in the examination and publication of results where it takes three to three and half years to complete a Master Degree course of 2 years. It is nothing but a crime of playing with the career and life of thousands of students every year. TO great dismay no voice has been raised against this heinous malfunctioning of the university . Liberal Youth Form and Youth Development Foundation have resolved to work on these campus issues and intensify their efforts towards student friendly Universities in Bhubaneswar and Orissa. This seminar is the first step towards awaring and sensitizing the students regarding their own issue regarding which they almost have become voice less. Similar programmes will be conducted throughout different colleges and universities of Orissa. Youth leaders from different colleges will be brought together on one platform and they would be trained to start working about their issues with all possible support of these two organizations. National Programs Coordinator, Mr Rajan Singh addressed the participants and shard how students in different parts of the with support of Liberal Youth Forum are taking initiatives to bring about certain changes in the education system and bearing the responsibility as an active citizen. Mr Md Imran and Avinash from Nasha Mukti Yuva Sankalp while interacting with the participants shared his experience of campaign against drug abuse and the use of RTI in the campaign . More than 50 students of Masters in Social Work and Master in Social Sciences participated in the event. Mr Avijit, Ms Lisa and Ms Manaswini from YDF, Ms Sasmita and Ms Swagatika from CSSR along with other students coordinated the event.

20 January 2011
TRAIN THE TRAINERS Workshop in Delhi NCR for 20 bright trainers

LYF organises TRAIN THE TRAINERS workshop. We are delighted to have with us, as key faculty: Katja Egger. Katja is the Project Officer and head of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit Office in , South Africa since 2008. In this capacity, she has managed the work of the Foundation with its long time partner-The Democratic Alliance (SA’s liberal party). Her areas of expertise are political consultancy and education, democracy, rule of law and human rights. She consults and trains South African and Southern African politicians at national, provincial and municipal level on organizational development, strategy, communication, leadership, team building and conflict management. She develops, designs, facilitates and moderating workshops on these themes on a regular basis within the region and also at the International Academy for Leadership in Germany. A lawyer by profession, she has also taught various law related subjects at the University of Berne in Switzerland.

11 January 2011
New Core team 2011-2013 elected

Yavnika Khanna, re- elected as National Coordinator. Swati Chawla to take forward Advocacy. Rajan to take charge of Campus Pulse Project. Ranjan Baruah, a new entrant in LYF core, to manage memberships .

27 October 2010
National Workshop

National Workshop for Young Leaders 2010 a success!

13 October 2010
National Coordinator of LYF is just back from Asia

Yavnika Khanna, National Coordinator of LYF is just back from Asia Youth Enterprise Forum Jakarta, Indonesia after delivering a presentation on "Provoking Youth Participation", which was well- received by the audience that consisted of 25 emerging liberal, young leaders from the continent.

14 September 2010
National Workshop for Young Leaders

National Workshop for Young Leaders : This exciting workshop is meant for outstanding young leaders who hold position/s of responsibility in their institution or community. If you hold an office in your campus or local community (elected or nominated) and wish to know how to bring about positive change in campus and local governance, how to activate participation and involve more leaders then here is a chance for you.

11 August 2010

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY celebrations at LYF campuses on 12th August 2010 1) Hansraj College, New Delhi 2) Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala. You are invited to come and be a part of the celebrations.