More than 150 Youth delegates from G20 countries are set to participate
The first Youth20 (Y20) Inception Meeting 2023 under the G20 began in Guwahati on February 6.
This is the first meeting of the 17 meetings that will be held all across the country, culminating in the Youth20 Summit in August.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sharma will present research papers from students and academicians in Assam. In addition to this, technical sessions and deliberations will be hosted at IIT Guwahati. Prominent speakers include Gen. VK Singh, Assam DGP GP Singh, MP Tejasvi Surya etc.
An ice-breaking session was held with Y20 delegates at Brahmaputra Sandbar Island.
Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs Meeta Rajivlochan, informed that the Youth20 deliberations hope to reach out to youth and consult with them about their ideas for a better tomorrow.
Rajivlochan highlighted the five themes of Y20 that are to be discussed in the three-day event, which are, Future of Work: Industry 4.0, Innovation and 21st century; Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: Making Sustainability as a Way of Life; Peace Building and Reconciliation: Ushering in an Era of No War; Shared Future: Youth in Democracy and Governance; Health, Wellbeing & Sports: Agenda for Youth.
“Each theme resonates with people in different parts of the country and each region has its own vision on these themes. That is the reason for spreading out the consultation across the country,” she said.
Rajivlochan also informed that Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur, will hold a ‘Youth dialogue’ with Y20 delegates, followed by the launch of a white paper on various themes on February 8.
Talking about the panel discussions to be held at IIT Guwahati on February 7, Rajivlochan said that noted speakers will be discussing Peacebuilding and Reconciliation. Two surrendered insurgents of ULFA and NDFB will also participate in the panel discussion.
Kalyan Chakravarthy, Principal Secretary of the Government of Assam, informed the gathering that the state government, along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs, had taken up several initiatives to make the youth aware of Y20 and involve them in the process of nation-building.
Chakravarthy said that around 36 educational institutes in Assam participated in the seminars, debates, workshops, and quiz competitions organised on the 5 themes of Y20. He further informed that around 4,000 schools participated in the Y20 activities.
Parameswar K Iyer, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “It is a matter of pride that IIT Guwahati is hosting the technical sessions and deliberations of the Y20 events.” He asserted that IIT Guwahati is a major research centre for frontier technologies like the production of green hydrogen; some of these technologies are in the process of being transferred to industry.
Prof Iyer further informed that key panel discussions on the future of work, twenty-first-century skills, climate change, making sustainability a way of life and also on peacebuilding and reconciliation will be held at IIT Guwahati.
Talking about the Y20 awareness activities held in various parts of the state, B Narayanan, Director General, NE Zone, Ministry of I&B, informed that PIB Guwahati, in association with the Education Department, Government of Assam trained around 50 students across Assam on reporting, documentation and mobile photography.
Appreciating the efforts of the students, Narayanan informed that out of the 50 students trained, nine students have been listed for felicitation by the Press Information Bureau for their outstanding performance.