India seeks incresed engagement with African youth

April 26th, 2011 - 12:07 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) India is seeking the help of young parliamentarians from Africa to increase the outreach of a unique private-public partnership to increase collaboration between the youth in India and the world, especially from the continent.

After a successful first year of operation, the second edition of “India - Future of Change”, organised by the Delhi-based Idea Works, is set to roll out a second round of contests which aims to involve young people to think about solutions to challenges facing India and other emerging economies.

“We want you to take this forward and help us to bring the information about this initiative to the youth of Africa,” said Amit Shahi, CEO, The Idea Works in a presentation to a group of 26 young African parliamentarians from 11 countries.

As part of the initiative, five global contests are conducted for business plan, product design, essay writing, poster design and photography. The winners of the first year will soon be announced in the next few weeks.

Shahi said that in the second year of the initiative launched in August 2010, they planned to go for campus visits to four African education institutions to publicise the contests.

The initiative is also expected to be broad-based in the second year to also include professionals to compete in the contests, besides students from across the world.

So far, Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Design in India and Financial Times were the knowledge partners for the project. From this year, Insead Singapore has also come on board as a knowledge partner.

The initiative is supported by the external affairs ministry’s public diplomacy division.

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