Talent, training, tech & teamwork will transform India: V K Singh

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: '4-T' formula to link young Indian diaspora with country

Talent, training, tech & teamwork will transform India: V K Singh

Talent, training, technology and teamwork will be the four elements that the External Affairs Ministry plans to use to bind youth of the Indian diaspora with the country the year ahead.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Bengaluru on Saturday, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told the young audience from across the globe that the four 'Ts' will not only transform their lives but also the country.

"India has talent. By 2020, the average age in India will be 29, making it the world’s youngest country with 64% of the population in the working age group. Whatever your chosen field of endeavour, you will encounter many Indians in your peer group. Cross-fertilisation of ideas can also bring rich rewards to your host country," Singh said.

He said India had made tremendous progress in the field of science and the Indian youth and their diaspora counterparts can use technology to transform lives.

Singh said the Centre was keen on imparting training programmes to the Indian diaspora in the areas of their choice. “We have recently launched a platform for online registration of Indian students abroad. It will help us estimate the number of students interested in such programmes, map them and reach out to them in a more effective manner,” Singh said.

He said global good cannot be achieved by any single country. “The challenges that we face in the world today are too complicated to be addressed by any single country. We need to realise this and stand together,” he said.

Suriname Vice President Michael Ashwin Adhin said Indian diaspora, especially the youth, can play a major role in enabling India play a major role in geopolitics. Adhin, a 36-year-old leader whose ancestors were from India, said, “India, with traditional roots and achievement in modern science, definitely has the potential to be ‘Vishwa Guru’ (super power).”

Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel urged the diaspora to come forward and adopt monuments in India and also invest in social projects. The Centre will ensure that steps are taken to facilitate this process by simplifying rules and procedures for overseas Indians, he said.

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