The Department of Commerce of VBRI organised a UGC sponsored National Conference on 'Innovative Trends in Youth Empowerment' on 10-11 January 2014.
Mr. Siraj Delhve, Vice President (HR) of Secure Meters, gave the key-note address in which he emphasised the need for encouragement, education and opportunity to empower youth. The role of the youth should be envisioned as part of the solution. The young generation should be nurtured to think locally and act globally.
Chief Guest Prof. B.P. Bhatnagar, Ex Vice-Chancellor, JRNRVU, Udaipur said that Indian youth is creative, innovative and enthusiastic. Their energy should be utilised in a constructive manner.
Prof. Farida Shah, HoD Economics, MLS University, Udaipur, said that in recent times the perception of empowerment of youth has been limited to employment. Youth empowerment should mean recognising and valuing their abilities. This would bring a change in their attitude, which would, in turn, bring a positive transformation in the society. Growth of the nation would require proper channelization of the energy of the young generation. Shri Riaz Tehsin, President of Vidya Bhawan Society, presided over the inaugural session.
Various aspects of the theme of the conference were discussed in four technical sessions.
Teachnical Session-I was on 'Education and Youth Empowerment'. Dr. Kailash Brijwasi was the key-note speaker, while Prof. P.K. Jain chaired the session. Papers were presented on soft skills, present education system, quality management education, health education, role of ICT, innovation and re-engineering.
Teachnical Session-II was on 'Entrepreneurship and Youth Empowerment'. Dr. Bharati Dave was the key-note speaker while Prof. Farida Shah chaired the session. Papers related to the role of industry, HR outsourcing, role of motivation and youth empowerment, youth and brand development and economic reforms and youth were presented.
Technical Session-III was on 'Rural Youth Empowerment'. Dr. Nilesh Suchak was the key-note speaker while Prof. D.S. Chundawat chaired the session. Papers were presented on the role of NGOs in youth empowerment, rural entrepreneurship, youth and women empowerment, and on sports, CSR, social changes and technical skill gaps with relation to youth.
Technical Session-IV was on 'Problems and Prospects of 21st Century'. Dr. K.K. Dave was the key-note speaker and Shri Anil Mehta chaired the session. Papers were presented on generation gaps, and spirituality, democracy and unemployment in relation to the young generation.
In the concluding session Dr. P.K. Dashora, Member of RPSC, Ajmer said that government should make serious efforts to strengthen the young population of India by generating more employment opportunities for skilled and educated youth. Young men and women should have entrepreneurial spirit. They should act on their creative and innovative ideas, so that they can contribute towards the betterment of the society. Role models should emerge from the young generation.
Prof. B.L.Chaudhary, Ex. Vice-Chancellor, MLS University, Udaipur said that quality education is a must for an empowered youth. Education should expand their horizon of thinking so that they can initiate and innovate in solving the problems and developing new ideas. Dr. T.P. Sharma, Director of VBRI and Dr. Anushree Sharma also addressed the session.
Total 114 participants were registered, 50 papers were submitted and 42 papers were presented. The inference drawn from the conference was that youth empowerment is a continuous and dynamic process, and has a ripple effect in the society. Youth should realize and utilize their energy and innovative powers in a constructive way for betterment of self and society.