Three Civil Engineering students of Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Sadopur-Ambala, Aniket Yadav, Abhishek Anand and ShubhamShekhar participated in the prestigious South Asian Youth Summit 2017 under the theme “Creating a Sustainable Future: Empowering Youth with Sustainable Opportunities” held from 17th - 20th September, 2017 in Bhubaneswar City, India.Thestudents were also selected to be the part of the core team of drafting committee and thus contributed in making historic Bhubaneswar Youth Declaration. It is matter of immensepride that three young students from MM University, Sadopur, Ambala were selected to represent India. These students have always been very active in organizing various youth led activities at college and regional level and have been instrumental in organizing events like Tedx and SWAROOPMM. They strive tocontribute to the society through continued technological innovation and aim towards technology based social welfare which isvery well in line with the vision and mission of MM University, Sadopur, Ambala.
Historic Bhubaneswar Youth Declaration 2017 has been passed as the first South Asian Youth Summit by World leaders to address key issues of unemployment and corruption being faced by the youth of South Asian countries and to strengthen and tightening the existing relationships amongst the South-Asian nations.
The agenda behind its formulation is to further strengthen inclusive youth participation in the decision-making processes and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Bhubaneswar Youth Declaration recommends equipping the youth with entrepreneurship and leadership skills and providing financial concessions so that youths can become job creators rather than job seekers in providing resolution to the issue of unemployment. It was also inclined towards creating equal opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalized youths by establishing a skill-based education system and vocational training.
Another key issue discussed was of corruption and nepotism. The Bhubaneswar Youth Declaration in its recommendationproposed more active involvement of anti-corruption bureaus to create more awareness and transparencywithin the system by stricter penalties. The initiative like Smart Campus Cloud Network (supported by UNESCO) to digitally connect the university and college campuses was recommended as an appropriate cloud platform for enhancing the outreach of youth.
Inequality and discrimination based on factors such as gender, caste, class or race was also addressed as a key issue. The Declaration stated that not all youths have equal access to education, employment, facilities and resources necessary for youth development. From remedial perspective to the stated issue, it was affirmed that the youth should be provided with equal opportunities irrespective of sex, caste, class or race.
Other issues noted in the Declaration were; migration from rural areas to cities, damage to ecology, preservation of culture of South Asian countries and civic participation.
In conclusion, delegates and government representatives agreed to work in coalition and ensured to effectively implement the proposed recommendationsfor sustainable youth development. Further, Chairman of the International Youth Committee (IYC), Dr. KK Singh recommended reviewing and evaluating the policies time to time for their effective implementation.
The 4 days long Summit was attended by various foreign Youth Ministers, Director Generals of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports of all of South Asian countries, top UN officials, academicians, Nobel laureates, Iconic lady like IromSharmila, 450 youth leaders from over 61 countries including SAARC Countries, etc.
Finally, Colombo City, Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was declared as the next host city of 2nd South Asian Youth Summit 2018. Later, as per protocol of International Youth Committee (IYC), the IYC official flag was handed over to Dr. K.A.S. Keeregala, Director General of Department of Youth Affairs & Sports, Ministry of National Policies & economic Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka by IYC Chairman, Dr. KK Singh with a Guard of Salute followed by Sri Lankan cultural programs.