National Youth Summit

 Chandigarh University organizes 9th National Youth Summit ‘Evoke-2023’ to mark 160th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

Chandigarh University Gharuan organized National Youth Summit 'Evoke-2023' on the occasion of National Youth Day, which marks the 160th birth anniversary of philosopher and social reformer Swami Vivekananda. During the panel discussion, distinguished personalities from different fields such as politics, media, entertainment, and sports, shared their views and opinions on the topic ‘Challenges and Prospects for Indian Youth in Amrit Kal’. Deputy CM of Haryana Dushyant Chautala was the chief guest of the event, while Indian Wrestler Sangram Singh, Indian Film Director & Producer Madhur Bhandarkar; News18 Deputy Manager Editor Sumit Awasthi; Dainik Jagran Political Editor Smriti Rastogi; IAS Anjali Birla; and Pro-Chancellor Chandigarh University Dr. RS Bawa were among the other eminent guests present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy CM Haryana Dushyant Chautala said, “India’s biggest asset is its youth population, and thus, it is very important to empower them in all the right ways. And, if that is done, then India, in next 25 years, will not just achieve its mission of being a Developed Nation, but also become a Superpower. There will also come a time, when India will be the only Superpower in the world. Today, Technology in the form social media, offers both positive and negative aspects to the youth, but it is important to understand the rules and boundaries to harness its constructive and useful aspects.” He also stressed on the importance of youth education and right guidance from the educators to build a strong and developed India by the end of Amrit Kal.

While addressing the gathering, Chandigarh University Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu said, “In last eight years, Government of India under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, has offered numerous opportunities to the Indian youth in terms of education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Further, introduction of New Education Policy after a gap of 34 years has enhanced career prospects for the youth and prepared them for changing aspects of the industry. It also motivates today’s youth to become job-provides rather than job-seekers. Indian youth with play a major role in achieving PM Modi’s vision of developed India in Amrit Kal.”

Speaking on the influence of media on the youth, Madhur Bhandarkar said, “Cinema or media does not glorify any negativity, but has always promoted the victory of good over evil. Today's youth is influenced by reel trends, but they must understand that cinema is inspired by real events, real stories, and real heroes. Social media and technology have empowered today's youth with knowledge and freedom of speech, but they must develop the wisdom to utilize it for the advantage and betterment of society. In addition, digital media platforms have opened up new opportunities for everyone to promote their creativity and work.”

Indian wrestler and motivational speaker Sangram Singh said, “The youth of a country is its future, and they must learn to accept rejections to taste success, no matter what field they choose as a career.” Speaking about the opportunities for the youth in sports, he said, “The sports federation did not enough facilities for players and athletes, but at present, they can afford a good infrastructure. As a result, today’s youth focuses on not just representing the country at an international arena but also win laurels for it.”

While delivering his thoughts on the topic, Deputy Manager Editor News18 Sumit Awasthi said, “India’s youth must have a purpose in life, individual opinion and willingness of contribution towards nation building, along with maintaining a balance in life.” Further, IAS Anjali Birla said, “With a responsibility of nation building on India’s youth, comes the challenge of excessive competition that increases the pressure and stress on them to perform best in every situation. However, youth must stay strong mentally even in the toughest of situations, and work hard throughout the journey instead of focusing on the end results. Arise, awake, and do not sleep until you achieve your goal.”