Ahmedabad: Youth can bring transformational changes in this pandemic. They need access to support and platforms to express their ideas and experiment with innovations, observed panellists during the 1st two-day Gujarat Youth Conclave(GYC) organized on Sunday.
GYC is organized virtually by Gujarat Youth Forum, a colloborative youth platform and supported by Centre of Excellence, Dept of Communication & Journalism at Gujarat University & Elixir Foundation in partnership with Yuwaah and UNICEF India.
During special talk, Dhuwarakha Sriram, Chief of ADAP & YuWaah India at UNICEF India said, “The opportunity to develop skills in an entrepreneurial environment leads to increased confidence and resilience and increased feelings of agency amongst young people – they view themselves as more skilled, more employable and with more positive future opportunities.”
The conclave saw speakers, doers & influencers from across the country that deliberated on the role of youth in COVID 19.
On promotion of innovation among youths, M Nagarajan, IAS, Director of Technical Education, Education Department, Government of Gujarat, said, “When we are talking about the Startup, Innovation as the growth engine of BHARAT, it is not possible without the Youth for whom it is aimed at.
The Youth in Innovation and Tech deliberated on resiliency, determination, and power of imagination of youth.
The speakrers included Ronak Jogeshwar, Program Lead, Atal Tinkering Labs, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Anuj Duggal, Developer Relations, Google and Jatin Chaudhary, Co-Founder and Dheeraj Bhojwani, CEO, Atal Incubation Centre, Gujarat University.
And the last panel was on Youth and Climate focussing on COVID19 opportune time to reset the world . The speakers included Peter Cook, British Deputy High Commissioner, Gujarat and Rajasthan, Jaideep Bansal, COO, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), Ridhima Pandey, a 13 yr Climate Activist and Heeta Lakhani Global Focal Point, YOUNGO and moderated by Nishu Kaul, Director, Earth Day, South and South East Asia.
Earlier, addressing the youth at the opening of GYC, on Saturday, Safin Hasan, Assistant Superindent of Police, Bhavnagar Subdivision, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, said
“What ever you are doing and try to make it ground level reality and how much impact your effort is making.
The change should be subsatnative, change should be visible and one change will percolate in life of many people,”
Gujarat’s first ever youth conclave (GYC) was organized virtually by Gujarat Youth Forum, a colloborative platforn for youths.
Speaking in a panel, on the occasion, Laxmi Bhawani, Chief, UNICEF Gujarat Field Office, UNICEF India, said, “In today’s context, young people have a great role in continued practice and promotion of Covid Appropriate Behaviours(CAB). Take the CAB messages on masks, handwashing and distancing to everyone in the state, in your families, friends, networks and neighborhoods – use your digital and social media skills and influence to play this important role.”
GYC is supported by Centre of Excellence at Gujarat University & Elixir Foundation in partnership with Yuwaah and UNICEF India.
The first edition of Gujarat Youth Conclave consists of 4 online sessions. Each session focuses on a specific topic and will connect with eminent experts, doers, change makers and thought leaders.
The conclave’s inaugural session also had special address by Dr. Kamal Kumar Kar, Directorate, National Service Scheme, New Delhi.
The first panel was on “Youth for Health In COVID 19” included Vipul Aggarwal, IPS, Dy. Chief Executive Officer, National Health Authority, Government of India, Dr Manan Thakrar MD Psychiatry (India), Urvashi Prasad, Public Policy Specialist, NITI Aayog and Priya Prakash, Founder & CEO, HealthSetGo. The session was moderated by Kumar Manish, State YuWaah Consultant, UNICEF India.
Youth in Education panel session focussed on education concern in COVID 19 and speakers included Prof Himanshu Pandya, Vice Chancellor, Gujarat University, Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore, Richa Gupta, Co-Founder, Labhya Foundation and Abhishek Dubey, Forbes Under 30 Asia & Co-founder, Muskaan Dreams. The session was moderated by Monica Yadav, Founder, Respire Experiential Learning.
Gujarat Youth Conclave (GYC) is supported Netsavvies, Creative Yatra, Earth Day and British Deputy High Commission, Gujarat and Rajasthan, Pratham Youth Community, AIESEC-Ahmedabad, Trio Teachers and SwaSarjan Foundation and Simulations.