By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, January 7: Recognizing the multi–dimensiol potential of young minds in realizing the sustaible development goals, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) – in collaboration with The Ministry of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports – conducted an interactive youth semir “YUVA (Youth Unite for the Voluntary Action)” at Lakhiram Baruah Sadan, Guwahati from Tuesday with the aim of sensitizing young minds on issues pertaining to safe water access in the world with a special focus on regiol issues and finding sustaible solutions to them through innovation and collaboration by young minds.
The involvement of youth is imperative in environment and development decision–making and in the implementation of programmes. Youth, sustaibility and technology are not just three distinct terms but they carry an implicit purpose and power to make the world a better place for all to live. The role of youth in innovation for a better society with a sustaible future is linked at multiple levels – with youth acting as contributors in development of innovative technologies, practices, collaborations; youth as a receiver of the impact of the technologies; youth as a bridge between the haves and have–nots and youth as tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs.
Themed “Sustaible Solutions for Access to Safe Water: Promoting Innovation and Collaboration,” the two–day semir witnessed the presence of 113 youth from academic institutions, NGOs, tiol Service Scheme (NSS), and participants comprised undergraduate and postgraduate students from 12 colleges from Assam under Gauhati and Dibrugarh universities, from Aruchal Pradesh under Rajiv Gandhi University, Itagar, from Meghalaya under University of Science & Technology Meghalaya under the age group of 30 years and enthusiastic individuals willing to voice their opinions and contribute towards a sustaible future.
The first day of the event featured focused discussions by Dr. Partha Jyoti Das, Head, Water Climate and Hazard (WATCH) Programme, Aaranyak on Waters of NE India: Major Issues and Concerns followed by Dr Ritusmita Goswami, P1 and DST–SERB Young Scientist, Tezpur University and the second day featured a change maker session by Satya Ranjan Borah, Program Director, Seujee Dharanee — The Green Earth.
Simulation exercises, group activities and presentations revolving around searching for sustaible solutions to water were also organized to facilitate exchange of views among the participants. Winners of simulation exercise were felicitated on the second day of the semir.
The state–level youth semirs will culmite into tiol–level youth meet —YUVA (Youth Unite for the Voluntary Action) Meet in February 2015. YUVA Meet is special event of DSDS (Delhi Sustaible Development Summit) and is held a day prior to the event so that the voice of the young can be heard at the major intertiol forum.
Led by world–renowned environmentalist, Dr. R.K. Pachauri, TERI is an independent, not–for–profit research institute working on energy, environment, and sustaible development and devoted to efficient and sustaible use of tural resources. Since its inception in 1974, TERI has emerged as an institution of excellence for its path–breaking research, and is a global brand widely respected by the political leaders, policy makers, corporate entities as well as the civil society at large.