On the auspicious occasion of Vasant Panchami, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur inaugurated the Third National Youth Conference 2025: “Skilling Young India for Global Leadership”. The Conference was held with the aim of providing a platform for youth organizations, government officials, scholars, and industry representatives to discuss important issues affecting the younger generations. The event was conducted in collaboration with NHRDN, in academic partnership with NEN and Regenesys Business School and in association with The Times of India.
Dr. Nidhi Vashishth’s welcome address acknowledged the various dignitaries present on stage, including: Chief Guest Smt. Suman Sharma, Chairperson, Rajasthan State Commission for Women, GoR; Guest of Honor, Dr. Marko Saravanja, Chancellor, Regenesys Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa; Shri H N Shrinivas, Advisor, Tata Sons – Skill Development, Bangalore; Dr. Ashok Bapna, President, National HRDN, Jaipur Chapter; Dr. Prabhat Pankaj, Director, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur.
In his opening address, Dr. Prabhat Pankaj motivated those in the gathering with his heartfelt words: “We must not succumb to stereotypes, which can only be done by reading more and more.” Moving ahead, the speakers spoke about the pressing need for Indian youth to be motivated so that India can grow to its true potential. Smt. Suman Sharma said “the youth has a lot of potential but they tend to get distracted. One needs to develop his strengths, and no work is too big or small; there should be perfection in whatever you do”.
Dr. Marko Saravanja urged the younger generation to chase their dreams, saying “one should always dream big, and there is no hindrance except our own beliefs. You can become what you want to if you believe that the power is within you and you should love what you do”.
In the Keynote Address, Mr. H N Shrinivas delivered optimistic words concerning the role of India in the 21st century: “India will rule the world in next 20-25 years. India is rising in rural areas and the youngsters being brought up by humble families will take India far off in the coming years”. By narrating stories of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Thomas Alva Edison, he focused on the importance of embracing self-sufficiency through contribution.
At the end of the opening session, Dr. Anvay Bhargava extended the vote of thanks, saying, “A person who is disciplined, unique and passionate is YOUTH.”
The Panel Discussion on ‘Skilling Youth for Make in India’ was chaired by Dr. S. J. Amalan, Director- Skill Development, Visvesvaraya Technical University, Karnataka. The speakers were: Mr. Rakesh Missra, Founder & CEO, Missra Consultancy, New Delhi; Mrs. Madhavi Mauskar Training & Development Consultant, DC Profiling Rural Education Support, Mumbai; Mr. Arvind Bhatt, Founder & CEO, Samvaad, Jodhpur; Mr. Sumit Agarwal, Country Head-India, South East Asia, r2 Diagnostics, New Delhi; and Mr. Aniruddha Thatte, Joint Director, PCRA, Ministry of Petroleum, New Delhi.
The discussion centered on the need to push skills and knowledge upstream and how the youth need to be adaptable to situations and opportunities as they arise. Speaking about the dignity of labour, Mr. Rakesh Missra said, “The world has become selfish, seeking returns from day-1 itself. Instead, we should think of making our contributions for the betterment and development of the laborers”. He concluded with a suggestion to develop a realistic approach in order to succeed in all the opportunities which come our way.
The panel members emphasized that raw talent is abundant in India, and that skilling programs need to focus on enabling this talent pool to take advantage of opportunities in order for ‘Make in India’ to be a success.
After the panel discussion, students in the audience engaged the panel members with interesting questions. Dr. Vandana, Faculty Member, Jaipuria, Jaipur then presented her words of thanks to the eminent speakers, the participants, faculty, staff and the students.
Day 2 started with a technical session, wherein the students and other participants presented their selected abstract of papers for the conference. The session was chaired by Mr. Raj Shankar and Mrs. Madhavi Mauskar, and the participants from different parts of the country showcased their reports. 10 papers were presented in the technical sessions covering diverse topics, such as creating talent pools and skilling Indian youth. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion on ‘Corporate Sector, Talent Pool & Global Leadership for Young India’. The session was chaired by Mr. Ashok Narain, Executive Coach & Leadership Facilitator, and panel members included:
- Mr Anupam Roop Rai, AGM-HR, Orient Electric, New Delhi
- Mr. Vikram Rajola, Chairman, IN-DEED Foundation, New Delhi
- Mr. Yash Ranga, Stakeholder & Engagement Partner, Jaipur Rugs, Jaipur.
The audience gained valuable insights in talent retention, employee motivation, and dealing with cultural differences from this discussion.
After a remarkable two days, the Third National Youth Conference 2025 came to an end with the Valedictory session. The Chief Guest was Padma Bhushan Prof. V S Vyas, Former Director IIM-A, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, and the Guest of Honour was Dr. Debendra Kumar Das, Professor –Economics, B.R.A. Bihar University. The Valedictory Address was given by Dr. R. L.Raina, Vice Chancellor, JKLU, Jaipur. Dr. Prabhat Pankaj explored the vision, experience and approach of Prof. V S Vyas. He focused on the importance of happiness and how it can be derived from society. He emphasised that “70% of happiness at the age of 55-60 is derived socially and globally. We must live in the present, and developing oneself must be the main motive”. Lastly, he expressed his wishes that everyone “Stay Happy”.
Speaking of the great prospects for India, the Chief Guest, Prof. V S Vyas said “It is the right time for India to grow as China is going through an economic crisis. Thus, India has a lot of opportunities; however, something is missing between skills and employability, which this conference has tried to discuss.”Photo Gallery