Today’s Indian youth are out to get the world. They are math wizards and creative geniuses, actors and scientists. Most of all, they are making us proud!
The recent UN reports revealed that with 356 million 10-24 year-olds, India has the world’s largest youth population, creating unprecedented potential for economic and social progress.
But while on one hand we have top colleges churning out engineers, doctors and our world famous I.T guys, there is another part of the our country where the youth seems to be struggling to even sum up a day’s meal.
There is a stark contrast in terms of the education, training and development and the standard of living between the youths in different factions of our country, in fact it is observed that one fifth of our population survives on less than a dollar a day.
The divide between the urban and the rural youth: Story so far.
India’s vast diversity and it’s drastic demographic transitions over the last few decades, are the main reasons for uneven distribution of education and other developmental benefits across the country’s youth.
The shocking reports published by IRIS Knowledge Foundation reveal that a person in an urban area has a 93 per cent greater chance of acquiring training than someone in a rural area.
While 12 million youth enter the workforce in India every year, due to poor education and negligible work/soft skills; large numbers still remain unemployed. Surrounded by a society with growing poverty, discrimination and general lack of information, the youth living under such circumstances are often at a risk of falling prey to anti-social and inhumane activities.
Bridging this disparity will be a gradual process and with the help of proper investment in education and employment opportunities, the future of India’s youth is headed in the right direction. Let’s take a look at what the government and many other organisations in India are trying to develop permanent solutions to these disparities.
Bridging the gap: Giving equal opportunities to every youngster in India.
The Indian government has truly picked up it’s pace and has been striving to level up with global benchmarks in terms of development and empowerment of the youth.
Efforts are being made to reduce the wide gap between those who have access to education and skill development opportunities and those who do not.
- Youth Spark Programme– The government’s recent arrangement with tech giant Microsoft was a bid to bridge this gap. Microsoft’s YouthSpark Programme, a company-wide, global initiative, aims to train 80,000 youths, help 65,000 in acquiring employment and aid 15,000 of them in starting their enterprise in the next 3 years.
- Skill India– Launched in 2015, “Skill India” aims to train over 400 million Indians in different skills by the year 2022.
Amidst the growing uncertainty about the future of this young nation, skill India is much more than just a quick fix! Through the skill India campaign the government aims to raise the standard of the poor by ensuring better wages and dignity of labour.
It also aims to address some of the biggest grassroot issues concerning the youth of India like illiteracy and unemployment. The Skill India campaign initiatives like National Skill Development Mission or the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) or the Skill Loan scheme not only help youngsters gain access to steady incomes, but also instills a sense of pride and self-worth amongst those young people who participate in these initiatives.
Going digital: Using the internet to empower the youth of India.
The internet provides the perfect platform to create a global space for an individual. Accessing information and developmental advice through online portals like Indian Youth.net or Youth for India has been a boon in the field of development and training among the youth. With the government’s introduction of the Digital India campaign the internet has been made easily available even in the rural and semi urban regions of the country.
Some organizations like ESDECS India are also leveraging the internet to crowdfund for their initiative. This way they can not only raise funds to provide free training to the rural youth, but also create awareness about their work and in the process transform the lives of many young people!
MAKING AN IMPACT USING SOCIAL MEDIA
Social Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube are also being used by major icons and official authorities to reach out to the youth of the country. For instance renowned cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was roped in as a major endorser for the skill India campaign (Watch Sachin’s skill India campaign video) so as to reach out and connect with the masses . Likewise there are unlimited benefits of including the internet to disperse learning and development to the Indian youth.
The youth are the future, and with 65% of our working population under 35 years of age ,India is a young country in a literal sense. However we can reap this demographic advantage only if the youth are armed with the right education, training and most of all their unique identity in the global market.
In comparison to our western counterparts like Germany that is known for it’s meticulous apprenticeship training programs that are known to be one of the best in the world; We still have a long slope to scale.
However, if we even manage to successfully execute the long term plans we have currently chalked out, we can definitely rise with shining colours.
But there is also something you can do to empower the youth of India. You can support initiatives like ESDECS India and help the youth of our country receive the education and training that they deserve.
And YOU can help India become the Next Young Superpower! (click here to know how)