Young Leaders Connect-5 in Itanagar.
Itanagar: The fifth edition of Young Leaders Connect (YLC) was successfully inaugurated at Itanagar on the 28th and 29th. YLC is a YouthNet initaitive and an annual conclave where leaders from diverse fields like business, politics, academia etc come together, put their heads and hearts together to plan where they would like to see India vis-à-vis Northeast in the future.
Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, RajibPratap Rudy, who was the Chief Guest in the third session on building an environment for entrepreneurship and skilling said,‘In the past six decades in this country, we have put too much weightage to education. We have created a huge manpower of unemployable people, thanks to our short sighted education system. Now, we need to change that. If we can provide a 12 week skill development training with 12 years of school education to every student, nobody can stop them from getting jobs ever.’Rudy also stated that the Central Government is already looking at Northeast as a potential hub of skilled manpower and in the coming days, steps will be taken to harness these resources to their optimum potential. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, KirenRijiju, who has been associated with YLC said that it is a defining moment in the history of Arunachal Pradesh to host this event. ‘I believe that entrepreneurs have to take our country forward. Before independence, Northeast India was the most prosperous region in the country However, sometimes abundance of resources make people lazy. The youths of the Northeastern States must start working early and look beyonf Govt. Jobs which has not become a good reason to stay unemployed. Chieft host of YLC-5 Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister PemaKhandu spoke about the unemployment scenario in his State, ‘There is a large number of unemployed youths in my State and the NorthEast. and it is not possible for me to accommodate all of them in the government sector. So, herein lies the importance of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs who start businesses also create jobs for other people. We have huge potential in tourism, construction and secotrs that we specialise and hence we need to build our entreprernurs. Iconic Indian footballer BhaichungBhutia is the Chair of YLC-5. Topics discussed during the sessions were ‘Challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship and skill building in the Northeast’. ‘Entrepreneurship-Education and Innovation.’ And ‘Entrepreneurship, funding and credit linkages’. In the evening there was closed door metting chaired by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, KirenRijiju while included DONER, NEDFI, ICCO, NABARD, NSDC, IIT, IIM, Entrepreneurs and all Young leaders connect members and they came up with resolutions to………………………………
On day2 Rewaj Chettri from Sikkim was declared as ‘The Entreprenur-3’ where he won a cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000 sposnored by Juptier Capital. This is an annual comptition and the first one done across the NorthEast. The previous competitions were held in Nagaland. This was followed up by football match, which will be held between YLC and Arunachal CM team at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Naharlagun.
The Speakers at YLC-5 included Karma Paljor, Business Editor of CNN IBN, SapnaPoti, Head, Northeast NSDC, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, SriparnaBaruah, Head, Centre for Industrial Extension & Consultancy, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, ArindamHazarika, Co-founder, Arohan Foods and BhairaviJani, Executive Director of SCA Group, Congress MP from Silchar, SushmitaDev and the speakers were Naveen Verma, Secretary, Ministry of DoNER, Paul Muktieh, CMD, NEDFi and Meghanath Singh, CEO & Co-founder, www,giskaa.com