Empowering Today's Youth ::By:Sajal Tiwari
India’s population is around 2 billion out of it 40% are young men and women in the age group of 15 to 30. They form a huge reservoir of economic, academic and social energy and cream of the country. Wisdom and discretion are not only the monopoly of the elders alone.The young men and women are also and wise and much of nation’s progress and future depend upon them. According to Samuel Johnson’s, “young men have more virtue than old men, they have more generous sentiments in every respect.” Young people are full of abundant energy, courage, spirit for adventure imagination, hope and ambition.
These can be very well used in the constructive and development activities of the country. These should not be allowed either to go waste or used for destructive purposes.The young men and women of India should be fully involved in creative work of nation-building and reconstruction. Younger generation which is more generous, flexible, sensitive and dynamic can do wonders if properly guided and motivated.
It is the help of the young men and women of China that Mao Tsetung, the chairman of the People’s Republic of China (1949-59) and of the Chinese revolution which transformed the whole country china into one of the great military and political power of the world. Mao was well aware of the great power, exuberance, spontaneity, plasticity, ebullience and unlimited energy to act found in the youth and used these to a great advantage for himself and china. Besides china, there are many others countries like France, Indonesia etc. where the youth has helped in changing the course of the history in more than one ways.
It is easy to blame the youth of India for impatience, indiscipline, and irrevence for the elders, authority and the social customs. They are also charged with laziness, reckleness, addiction to drugs and such other mal practices but these doesn’t prevails only in our country. But all these reflect one sidedness and lack of proper understanding on the part of the elders and grown-ups. No doubt the youth of India has its own limitation, problems, etc. but these can be removed to a great extent by sympathy, understanding and appreciation of the young generations. If the youth of India have any short comings and faults, the elder people are blame because the former mirror the latter. Proper orientation and positive steps are needed of the hour to engage the youth of the country in the nation-building activities. Their zeal, enthusiasm and energy need to be channelized in the developmental activities and social reconstruction. The Indian youth, full of inexhaustible power is always eager to do something positive, constructive and appreciable for the society and the nation.
In order to harness the youth-power of the country a national youth policy has been framed to instill in the youth a deep awareness of national ideals of secularisms, non-violence, integration and our ancient historical and cultural heritage. It also aims at developing in the youth qualities of discipline, self-reliance, leadership, justice, fair play, sporting spirit and scientific temper so as to enable them combat superstitious, obscurantism and other several ills and evils. With the above objectives in view adventure institutions, cultural centers, yuvak Kendras, sport centres, etc. have been established at various important cities and towns of the country. For example, Indian mountaineering foundation, NewDelhi and national adventure foundation are two important institutions for promotion of adventure. These centres provide training facilities and financial assistance for undertaking mountaineering, hiking, trekking, expeditions, explorations, cycle-tours etc. to promote a feeling of oneness and unity. The young men and women of Indiaexchange visits from one part of the country to the others. It helps them familiarize with different environments, lifestyles and social customs.
Then there is the National Service Scheme, whose main objective is to involve the college and +2 level students on a voluntary and selective basis in the program of social service and national development. Started in 1969, now it is being implemented in all states and all union territories and covers over 5,000 colleges. Under this scheme rural and slum reconstruction, repair of roads and school buildings, village ponds, tanks, tree plantation, conservation of environment, health and family welfare, adult and women education, etc. are undertaken. The students also help local authorities in implementing various relief and rehabilitations programs. At times of natural calamities floods, droughts, famines and earthquakes NCC students and volunteers keen role in developing and remodeling the human establishments.
There are several schemes for the tribal youth to give them vocational training and to update their skills to help them in self-employment. There are youth hostels strewn all over the country to promote travel among men and women by providing cheaper accommodation when on educational tours and excursions to historical and cultural places.
And the Nehru Younak Kendra, about 446 in number and spread all over the country, serve non-students and rural youth to improve their personality and employment capability. Under the international scouting and guiding movement Bharat Scouts and Guides and All India Boys Scouts Association are inculcating in the Indian youth a spirit of loyalty, patriotism and thoughtfulness for others. But still more and vigorous efforts are needed to solve the problems of the youth. They are frustrated lot for want of proper employment opportunities. Our education system doesn’t take note of their requirements and so fails to prepare them well for life and career.
The red-tapism, nepotism, cast considerations and favourism add further to their problems and frustrations. For want of proper leadership and ideals they suffer from lack of direction, purpose and decisiveness. The task of tackling these and other problems of the youth is difficult, enormous, challenging but not impossible. It is the duty of the government, voluntary agencies, corporate world and the society to see that the young men and women are properly educated and trained to serve the nations and bring glory. The advanced and developed countries are so because they have had been investing heavily for the last many decades in the schemes and programs related to the training, education, orientation and welfare of their youth. With the a huge youth population its quite imperative that more effective ways and means are found to use their vast energy in economic reconstruction and social regeneration activities. Perhaps, one of the best ways can be the greater involvement of them in welfare schemes, community development programs and nation building activities so as to generate in them a sense of purpose, pride, self-confidence and relevance, it is only by such means and efforts that the young people in India can be given with much needed self-confidence and a sense of fulfillment and belonging.
They can also be inspired to work in slums, villages and hamlets in their spare time. They can be urged to adopt families, villages or clusters of houses to improve sanitation, education, social awareness, economic conditions and skills of the people residing in them.
About the author: Sajal Tiwari is a student of Mechanical Engineering, NIT AGARTALA. Sajal Tiwari, a native of Kota, Rajasthan, is now the CEO of NIT Sparrows (www.nitsparrows.com) and the inventor par excellence, connecting NITs across the country by his web network. He has become the poster boy of success of NIT,Agartala.His articles are published in several leading news papers and websites.
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