It is not new – the news that India has to handle the issue of its idling youth. Degenerative youth potential can be termed as one of the most appalling traits of today’s world. As usual, we are ever aware of the problem but additionally end up assuming that the solution lies in the palm of our hands. Obviously, we never seem to fall behind in picking up management best-sellers and success sutras from stores or fall short of our inspirational-quotes-sharing business on Facebook.
On Friday, 10th October 2014, the Indian School of Business, Mohali witnessed the coming together of 450 young minds for Indian Youth to Business Forum, and chose to do things a little differently. Themed ‘Next. Big. Leap’, the event was crafted to sequentially take the young audience through futuristic, audacious and actionable stories and ideas from a pot-pourri of achievers. While Viral Oza, the Marketing Head of Microsoft Mobile Devices and Shireesh Joshi, COO, Strategic Marketing Group at Godrej had stimulating insights into the world of business and marketing, Saachi Soni, the youngest Indian girl to have scaled the Mt.Everest, stole the show with her story of passion, simplicity and their excellence.
A story that certainly seemed to have made a mark was that of young, globally acclaimed photographer, Vicky Roy. The crowd was moved by his humbling journey towards greatness from the streets and his remarkable take on life. The agenda was well packed with several interesting workshops that were conducted by big brands like Microsoft, Young India Fellowship, Teach for India and KPMG and compelling conversations with people like Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director of Triumph Motorcycles, India and the dynamic Vivek Atray, IAS Officer and novelist.
What truly put this event off the race and raised it bar was its closing. Pradeep Singh, the Deputy Dean of ISB delivered a heartening talk on some of the indispensable essentials for the youth and marked the commencement of a unique, never-before activity. Th 450 students sat under one roof to sketch a consequential output, knitting together the problems faced by the youth and concrete solutions to deal with the same. AIESEC, renowned international youth organization that put this event together, will be releasing this output to the general public soon. After all, AIESEC aims at providing the youth opportunities to develop themselves as leaders and responsible citizens of the world.