The Hon’ble Prime Minister
The Republic of India
7 Race Course Road
Teen Murti Marg
New Delhi – 110011
12th August 2015
Subject: My message to you on the International Youth Day
I would take this opportunity to bring into your kind notice some of the problems faced by the youth of our country and possible solutions to them.
- First and the foremost being that today we are being admitted to the top colleges of the country on the basis of an entrance exam which nowhere tests our aptitude for the stream we have opted (in my case, I had to appear for Joint Entrance Examination 2014 which tested me on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics but it did not have any questions based on general aptitude of computers – which I wanted to pursue further and luckily I am pursuing the same). I believe that the current process of admission should be reviewed on priority basis and at least a section testing basic language skills and general aptitude of the subject opted should be added and given more weightage than other things.
- Secondly, you are aware of the fact that 47% of the graduates are not employable in any sector of knowledge economy in India as per the National Employability Report 2013. I might be wrong, but I think the problem is the curriculum that is being taught to us in colleges. To be very honest and frank, we only study to clear examinations because I feel that the syllabus isn’t motivating enough (in other words it’s boring). For example, I am pursuing Bachelor of Technology in Mathematics & Computing Engineering and I am being taught a lot of different courses which may or may not be helpful when I start looking for a job. Even you have a mobile application that helps to get in touch with you, then why cannot we have courses like Android Application Development, Web Development, etc. in the curriculum itself which are today’s need? Why is it that most companies provide additional training to the employees it hire? Why do people do extra courses after graduation just to get a job?
- Thirdly, I would like to congratulate you for the Foreign Direct Investments we have received because of ‘Make in India’. But at the same time, I feel that India already being so powerful enough need more companies like Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro which can stand shoulder to shoulder with global giants like Google (now Alphabet), Microsoft, Apple and Facebook. Even I want to have my own tech startup but a few days ago, I was looking at the procedure for getting a company registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and I was left startled with such a lengthy procedure. I would kindly request you to please make the laws as simple as possible so that students like me who want to establish their own firm can do it without any hassle and still be honest to the law of the land.
With concepts like ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Digital India’ and ever evolving world, we cannot even imagine how the world will look like after 5 years from now. Then, why isn’t the education system evolving equally fast? Why do we still follow an education policy which was framed in the year 1986? I believe that the government should keep all these points in mind and come up with a new education policy which keeps on enhancing based on the needs of the present.
I sincerely hope that, as the people’s representative, you will take into account the above mentioned suggestions and bring about a change in the system at the earliest. Also, I believe that if a mechanism like ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is worked out specially and exclusively for the youth of the country to stay in direct touch with the government, then nobody can stop India’s golden bird from flying once again with all its glory.
As a suggestion, I would like to request you to please get the user interface of all the government websites updated to the latest trend.
Plus having said all this, I would really feel privileged if you could spare some of your precious time from your busy schedule to meet me in person to discuss these points further.
Last but not the least, I would like to wish you and the nation, a very happy Independence Day and would feel honored if this topic is touched upon in your address to the nation on 15 August 2015.
Thanking you in anticipation.
- Human Resource Development Minister, Shastri Bhawan, Dr Rajendra Prasad Road, Central Secretariat, New Delhi – 110001, India
- Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister, 2nd Floor, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001, India