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Blueprint to help youth find right employment

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Hyderabad , Dec. 15

BASED on the deliberations of the ongoing five-day Youth Employment Summit here, the organisers would come up with `Hyderabad Blueprint' that will seek to chart out the areas of thrust for employment generation for youth.

The summit is co-organised by the Education Development Centre Inc and the Department of Youth Services, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Addressing a press conference here on Monday, the Executive Director of YES Campaign, Ms Poonam Ahluwalia, said that this blueprint would seek to address the problems of youth in finding the right employment. "We are faced with a situation where the economic growth is without the much-needed job creation focus," she said.

Dr Hafiz Pasha, Assistant Secretary-General of United Nations and Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP, said the conference that focuses on youth assumes importance given the backdrop of the fact that around 75 to 85 per cent of the youth in the world are unemployed.

The YES Campaign was launched at the Alexandria Summit 2002 The Deputy Chairman of Bajaj Auto, Mr Madhur Bajaj, said agriculture and services sector alone would not be able to provide the employment for the growing number of youth in the country. "We need to design new ways to attract and guide youth to take to new modes of self employment while leveraging micro-finance approach.

"Apart from adopting new ways to provide micro-credit to youth, we need to encourage them to look at the potential in the rural areas and build small centres. This will generate interest in the place they live rather then seeking ways to migrate to already congested urban areas. Most of the urban areas have begun to choke and with more and more youngsters seeking to move there in search of jobs, this will only further create pressure on urban infrastructure. This is one of the reasons why we see so many urban slums."

The YES Academy has been formed as a collaborative initiative of the Andhra Pradesh Government, the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai and the YES Campaign, Boston.

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