REITERATING COMMITMENT

Gearing up to celebrate the ‘National Youth Day’ next week it is time to reiterate the commitment to fully empower youth of the World’s largest democracy. The youth are filled with tremendous and towering ambitions. It will be a great wastage of human resources if these youth are not provided an opportunity to exercise their talent. It needs to be realized that India having the greatest youth force in the world, there should be no doubt that given the proper guidance, direction and opportunities, the Indian youth shall lead the nation towards achieving the highest place in the world order. Youth are the most important part of the country who lead the country ahead and this is the reason that they are selected to be inspired first by the ideas and ideals of great philosophers. Celebrating the National Youth Day every year is a reiteration to continue relentless efforts to encourage and inspire the youth of India with schools and colleges taking lead in delightful and enthusiastic celebration of the event. Though the primary role of young people is to get good education in order to become better citizens of tomorrow yet the process and moulding is complex one involving multiple factors especially for a nation like India which is known for diversities of all sorts including the economic disparities. Undoubtedly it is the youth power that can lead and nourish the historical culture of the country and carry some advancement required by the country to be developed. With a significant young population of over six hundred million people in our country being below the age of 25 years, the way we nurture our youth into confident, capable and committed citizens will determine our country’s future. It needs to be acknowledged that the key to prepare youth for nation building is through investment in educating them, in the sharpening of their mental faculties, technical skills, professional competence, and awareness about their social responsibilities. It is a fact that the youth have to shoulder the responsibility of nation-building and that can be achieved through the medium of education and training alone. For this our education system needs to gear up to develop our youth by teaching them to control their lives, which can be done through character-building, healthcare, and sharpening the ability to learn and use experience for attainment of goals. They must be taught to understand life through study of history, science, religion and philosophy besides teaching them to enjoy their lives through friendships and relationships, observance of nature, and study of art and literature. Last but not the least there is a dire need to stress upon providing value-based education to the youth by inculcating in them the spirit of democratic behaviour which calls for an appreciation of the rich diversity of our nation, assimilation of ideas, and accommodation for divergent or contrarian views. It is hoped that those at the helm of affairs in Education sector especially the teachers devise and initiate key measures to achieve unprecedented results in ensuring a clean and healthy nation besides becoming second to none in the world order. In this direction all educational and civil services institutions need to inculcate in their students and trainees a sense of social responsibility. Only then we can fulfill the dream of India, a digitally-empowered India, educated and skilled India, and a tolerant, harmonious and peaceful India.