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21st century will be India’s century – Governor

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By EMN Updated: Dec 11, 2023 10:00 pm

‘Viksit Bharat@2047 Voice of Youth’ launched at Raj Bhavan

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La. Ganesan addressing the launching of ‘Viksit Bharat India@2047 -Voice of Youth’ at Raj Bhavan, Kohima, on Monday.

DIMAPUR — Nagaland Governor La. Ganesan on Monday asserted that the 21st century will be India’s century, as the country pole-vaults into the future “confident of its capabilities.”

The governor said that India, which is currently the fifth largest economy in the world, is set to become the third largest economy by 2027, as its GDP is expected to cross USD 5 trillion, stated an update from PRO, Raj Bhavan.

Gannesan was addressing the launching of ‘Viksit Bharat India@2047 -Voice of Youth’ through video conference by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was also screened live at Raj Bhavan, Kohima.

He said that, with all the attributes of a developed nation through Viksit Bharat@2047, India is poised to be a USD 30 trillion economy.

Among others, the programme was attended by the vice chancellors, deans, directors and faculty members of various Universities and Central Institutions in Nagaland.

As India stands at this crucial juncture, the governor said that it is important to realise and acknowledge the crucial role of the youth.

“With a population of 144 crore, India is one of the youngest nations with a median age of 29 years and it accounts for nearly 20 % of the world’s total young population. This is an enormous opportunity, likely to last till 2047,” he said.

In order to utilise this dividend, the governor said the Viksit Bharat@2047 was conceptualised and aimed to resonate with the aspirations of the youth in envisioning a developed India by the year 2047, marking the centenary of Indian independence.

He said the Viksit Bharat@2047 initiative is aimed at encouraging the younger generation to articulate their ideas, hopes, and dreams for a progressive nation, fostering dialogue and active participation in nation-building processes.

The governor also said that there has been massive expansion in social and economic infrastructure through various policies and schemes of the government in past years.

He expressed happiness that sectors like education, healthcare, digital connectivity, transport infrastructure expansion, information technology etc. have seen massive improvements.

Ganesan went on to say that the voice of youth, a pivotal segment of Viksit Bharat@2047, is designed to empower young voices, providing a platform to express innovative ideas and perspectives on how India can address contemporary challenges and leverage opportunities in the coming decades.

The programme encompasses themes like technology and innovation, sustainable development, social justice, and educational excellence, encouraging the youth to engage with these areas critically.

“By integrating their insights with policy making, the initiative seeks to align long-term developmental goals with the vibrant energy and creativity unique to the young population of India. The youth of today can shape themselves into the visionaries and leaders of tomorrow, steering India towards its goal of a ‘Viksit’, or developed, Bharat by 2047,” he said.

The governor further called upon all the vice chancellors of universities and heads of various educational institutions to conduct programme and functions in their respective institutions, to motivate the students to actively participate in the campaign.

“Our students should be motivated to participate in the nation building process and we cannot afford to miss out on such an important campaign to define the trajectory of our nation’s future,” he added.

During the programme, there was also a panel discussion on the theme ‘Thriving and sustainable economy,” with Vice Chancellor of Nagaland University, Lumami, Prof. Jagadish K Patnaik, as the moderator.

Rajesh Soundararajan, secretary to the governor, gave a presentation about the SoP and the activities to be undertaken at the universities and the college levels. 

The objective of the outreach activities is to obtain the maximum participation from students in giving suggestions on the vision for Viksit Bharat @2047, it stated.

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By EMN Updated: Dec 11, 2023 10:00:21 pm
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