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Voice of India: Is India a land of opportunities?
Debarati Palit Singh | Thursday, 12 January 2017 AT 11:54 AM IST
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National Youth Day or Yuva Diwas is celebrated in India on January 12 to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, maker of modern India. The aim is to motivate youngsters towards building a better nation. We take this opportunity to ask 20-somethings from across the country whether they find the current political situation conducive, the educational and work opportunities abundant and are they doing their bit for society

In a bid to draw investors and help the Make in India campaign successful, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been sharing on all major global forums that India is a land of opportunities. Indeed it is. A large number of our youngsters are exploring their entrepreneurial skills and creating job opportunities for others as well. On the higher education front too, India has exhibited impressive growth over the last decade. We also have some of the best professional courses and educational institutes like the IITs, IIMs and so on. Here, youngsters share their thoughts on whether they get enough opportunities or is it a big struggle:      

I think right now India is a goldmine of opportunities. You just have to turn around and see the kind of start-ups and ‘made in India’ ventures that are coming up. We also have many foreign investors coming to our country. It’s We, youngsters, have to truly believe in our capabilities and opportunities will keep knocking. But it’s not that the country must only provide us with opportunities, we can create them for ourselves. Look at the success stories of Flipkart or OYO Rooms. We just have to dream and have the desire to fulfill those dreams.
— Tanya Basu, 28, Microbiologist, Mumbai
India currently offers great opportunities when it comes to education and jobs. However, many youngsters go overseas to pursue higher education and explore job opportunities. It’s true that you will be able to earn more when you work abroad but students who pass out from premium institutes here also get packages over Rs 20 lakhs. Also, our country is providing several platforms to youngsters to set up business. In a population of more than 100 crores, if 20 per cent become entrepreneurs, then it’s a big achievement. A friend of mine left his banking job to launch his own company. There are so many such examples. India is booming with offers and if you have the right skill set, mindset, focus and risk-taking ability, you can make it big. As youngsters, we need to keep developing our skills and step out of our comfort zone.
— Sumit Sahu, 28, bank manager, Delhi

The country experiences a huge brain drain because of better work opportunities and salaries abroad. Besides, studying abroad has also become more affordable now. Most Indian families can afford the fees and stay. In my small career, I have lived a few years abroad and earned well enough. Also, the number of engineers, management students, doctors and others passing out in our country every year is huge. Because of this, the quality of engineers has also gone down. Schools and colleges are ‘Westernising’ the educational system by introducing smart classes, tablets but what happens to the quality of education?
— Abhijit Mohanty, 28, Lead Engineer, Pune

We have several educational institutes offering quality education. However, not all institutes are up to the mark. When it comes to the job market, India has several opportunities as some of the top Indian and international firms have started operating here. That said, getting a job becomes difficult because of our huge population and cutthroat competition. There are hundreds of applicants for a single job position. So companies choose the best. However, looking on the bright side, there are new types of careers which are emerging in our country. Youngsters no longer have to be an engineer or a doctor, manager or bureaucrat. Those working in the creative field like writers, animators, choreographers and so on are also doing exceptionally well in their chosen careers.
— Priyanka Das, 25, working professional, Telecom industry, Cuttack

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