NEW DELHI, Jan 27: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that the manner in which and the focus with which the Ministry of DoNER under the Modi Government has launched a series of new initiatives over the last two years, the day is not far when Northeast will develop as the favourite ‘youth destination’ for youngsters from all over India.
Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing a huge gathering of students, as chief guest, at an Inter-College “Northeast” cultural event, in which around 25 colleges of Delhi University participated in different categories. Referring to a huge presence of Northeast student community in the union capital of Delhi and other metros, Dr Jitendra Singh said, in the earlier decades, the Northeast did not receive the kind of attention it deserved, as a result of which,year after year, there has been a huge youth exodus from the region to the other parts of India. The primary reason behind this, he observed, is lack of employment opportunities and deficit of quality education.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, on the one hand, the Northeast has a huge natural resource which has remained unexplored and on the other hand, there is huge youth potential which has remained unutilized. He said, the organic farming mission focusing primarily on Northeast and the thrust on other areas like bamboo trade, etc. will help in creating avenues of employability.
Dr Jitendra Singh referred to special impetus given by the Ministry of DoNER to Prime Minister’s “Startup India, Standup India” by introducing Venture capital fund for those young startups who wish to start an establishment or entrepreneurship in Northeast. If this succeeds, startups from all over India will make a beeline for Northeast India, he added.
Referring to some, first of its kind initiatives, Dr Jitendra Singh mentioned the decision to set up a Sports University considering the high athletic potential of the youth and also a Brahmaputra Study Centre in the Guwahati University. He said, Delhi has been enriched by some of the best faculty hailing from Northeast and appealed to them to go back to their native States and serve the cause of academics.
Earlier, Principal of Daulat Ram College Dr Savita Roy delivered the welcome address. The programme was attended by senior faculty members from Delhi University and students from different colleges.