MEA’s Student Outreach: SAMEEP Asks Officials to Visit Alma Maters
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. 
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Photo: AP)

MEA’s Student Outreach: SAMEEP Asks Officials to Visit Alma Maters

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has launched a new programme, ‘Students and MEA Engagement Programme’ (SAMEEP). The main objective of SAMEEP is to take Indian foreign policy and its global engagements to students across the country.

The name SAMEEP was chosen from 550 options that were submitted on the My Gov portal.

Under this programme, all the ministry officers – under-secretary and above – will be asked to go to their hometowns, particularly their alma maters. They’ll be expected to interact with the students about the way the MEA works, basic elements of its policies, how diplomacy is conducted, and generally give students an idea of what a career in the MEA would look like.

The officials will be provided a basic standardised presentation by the ministry, but will be free to add their own improvisations and experiences.

The agenda of the programme is not only to make students interested and aware of India’s place in the world and its global ambitions, but also to drive interest in diplomacy as a career option.

Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, on Tuesday announced that the programme focused on the India-ASEAN commemorative summit, which will be held in January 2018 in New Delhi.

While speaking to the Times of India, Raveesh Kumar said:

We need to engage with young minds on the grassroots level

The ministry has been quite active on social media and their team has been answering questions asked by anyone under the ‘Ask the Spokesperson’ program.

With inputs from Times of India.

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