The need to empower the younger population of the country was the message driven home by Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel.
Speaking at the first convocation of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) at Sriperambudur near here yesterday, Vijay Goel said youth will make a significant contribution to the economic development of the nation.
About 163 graduands received their masters degrees during the convocation. And, around 37 candidates from 2008-’10 to 2014-’16 batches were given rank certificates for their scholastic achievement.
The demographic divide offers a great oppurtunity to India. But this (demographic divide) can be converted into an oppurtunity, if we make deliberate attempts to empower our youth.
“Institutions like RGNIYD have been set up to ensure that we understand our youth better and encourage open discussions about the youth and society in general,” he said.
The government of India currently invests substantially on the youth development programmes, through initiatives like higher education, skill development, healthcare and non-targeted programmes such as food subsidies and employment.