Politicians, sportspersons come together at national youth summit

  • Divya Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2015 08:39 IST

A national-level youth summit ‘EVOKE-2015-Challenges & opportunities of being youngest nation’ was organised here at Chandigarh University, Gharuan Campus, on Monday.

The summit was aimed at discussing various issues related to the youth. Organised on the occasion of National Youth Day, the event saw active participation not only from the panelist but from the audiences as well.

The panelist included Punjab finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Punjab deputy inspector general of police (DIG) SPS Parmar, Punjabi film actress Mehreen, boxer Vijender Singh and senior journalist from Doordrashan Rakhee Bakshi moderated the discussion.

Initiating the summit, Dhindsa stressed upon the need of skill development projects and importance of establishing food processing units.

He said, “Food processing units are very important for the state. The state government is keen for setting more SME (small and medium enterprises) and it will be discussed in the upcoming budget session.”

Speaking on the occasion, Parmar highlighted the lack of employment opportunities in the present scenario and urgency of entrepreneurship. He stated, “Considering the time, when number of graduates is much higher than the number of jobs, one should try to generate employment through application of skills in constructive environment. Educated India should not only create jobs for themselves but for others as well,” he added.

Advising the audience to be focused to achieve their goals, Olympic boxing star Vijender Singh shared his mantra of success and said, “One should look at things one by one. It depends all on the individual. Sports can always inspire and help inculcate moral values and ethics.”

On similar lines, Haani fame actress Mehreen, representing Cinema and Punjabi film Industry, said, “You cannot fool around the youth today. Whatever, the case is they are smarter than before. The Punjabi cinema needs to be a little more serious and content-based to influence the younger generation in a positive sense.”

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