The Ministry of External Affairs has launched a new program SAMEEP (Students and MEA Engagement Program), to make the student understand India's place in the world and its global ambitions, and also to look at diplomacy as a career option.
It’s an "outreach" mission by MEA to take India’s foreign policy and its worldwide engagements to students across the country.
SAMEEP (Students and MEA Engagement Program)
Under this new program SAMEEP, the MEA (Ministry of External affairs) has asked all its officers, undersecretary and above, to go their hometowns and particularly their alma mater while on leave.
There they would engage and interact with students in the schools and colleges and convey how the MEA works, India’s foreign policy, how they do diplomacy so that the student consider about this as a career option.
SAMEEP is a voluntary programme and it provides foreign officials the option of going back to any school or college in their hometown or to their alma mater.
How will it work?
The MEA would provide them a standardized presentation and officials would be free to make the change for the betterment of it can add their personal experiences.
The objective of SAMEEP is not only to get the common student to take an interest in India's foreign policy with its neighbours and other countries but also to consider diplomacy as a career option.
A similar programme has had IAS officers also going back to the place of their first posting to assess its development and make recommendations.
The MEA programme- SAMEEP crowd-sourced its name through the My Gov portal and out of 550 suggested entries.