ICAR-VPKAS, Almora celebrated 156th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 12, 2019 as National Youth Day. The programme started with Pooja at Kundan house, the place where the first laboratory was established by the founder Director Prof. Boshi Sen. This was followed by a Goshthi, which started at auditorium of the institute with ICAR geet followed by the recorded speech of Swami Vivekananda at Chicago on 11th September 1893. More than 20 youth from Kumaon University, Almora campus and other colleges participated in this programme. During the occasion, Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director (I/c) in his speech appraised the house about the life of Swami ji and appealed the audience to follow the path of Swami ji to get success in life. Other speakers also said that as per the ideals of Swami ji, first we have to set our goal then try to achieve it. The Director, scientist, staff of the institute were present in the function. The programme was coordinated by Dr. J.K. Bisht, Head, Crop Production Division.