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GenNext plans for the year ahead

As we step into yet another new year, GenNext has dreams galore entry into the best colleges, great jobs and a smooth, lifestyle.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 11:57 IST

As we step into yet another new year, GenNext has dreams galore entry into the best colleges, great jobs and a smooth, lifestyle. Our dreams go hand in hand with our country’s progress, and so, we have a fair idea of where we would like to see India this year.

While more opportunities for education tops the wishlist, the scandals, corruption and natural calamities that plagued 2005 have left an indelible impression on young minds. They demand transparency in public life, clear-cut policies in politics, a reliable disaster management policy and an environment-friendly India.
They have also given the thumbs-up to the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “Everyone who is appearing for his/her Class XII Board exam this year wants one thing increase the number of seats in DU,” says Prithvi Rohan Kapur, a Class XII student at St Columba’s.

“For how long can we ignore the fact that youngsters want qualitative higher education?” “There needs to be homogeneity in the education that is given to students across the country,” said Shaymaine Pandey, first year law student at DU. “I am shocked to see the vast difference in the attitude and thinking of public school students and government school passouts and students from other states.

Clearly, they don’t have the same level of exposure and extracurricular activities that we’ve had.” “We need transparency.” says Sanjay Chawla, a Class X student from Sanskriti School. “Politicians just don’t know what they are doing.” Gaurav Khare, a PG student in History at IP University agrees.

“Be it the World Trade Organisation, corruption, demolition of illegal buildings or terrorism, we don’t know if the Congress is thinking or doing anything different from what the BJP did.” But the government has struck the right note with the RTI Act. “Hopefully, 2006 will see more people empowered by the Act,” says Payal Kapoor, Economics student from Jesus and Mary College.

“If utilised correctly, it will bring about a revolution.” She hopes to see India moving away from cricket and paying more attention to sports like hockey. Delhi’s youth have not forgotten the one species for whom 2005 was perhaps the worst the tiger. “I think 2006 should be designated as the year of the tiger,” says Prithvi. “Otherwise, we won’t have any tigers left.” Most agree that 2005 was not one of the best for India.

Shweta Arya, Class XII student from Amity International, Noida, says, “We have to do a lot if we plan to save lives when the next calamity strikes.” Yavnika Khanna from the College of Business Studies sums it up.

“I think 2006 will be a year of recovery. It has been tough for thousands of Indians, with earthquake, floods and terror attacks. But India is a tough nation. I’m optimistic that we’ll emerge a stronger and more successful nation.”

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 11:57 IST