Unemployment pangs among educated youth a warning bell: Gujarat guv

Unemployment pangs among educated youth a warning bell: Gujarat guv

In a surprise and embarrassment to Vijay Rupani government, Gujarat governor on Friday flagged the rising discontent among the youth due to   unemployment, which he also dubbed as a "warning bell for any society".

"Nowadays, we see discontent among the youths because of unemployment. Such a feeling is natural when one does not get a job despite getting higher education. Such discontent among the youths is a warning bell for any society," Governor O P Kohli said, addressing students participating in the seventh convocation of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) in Gandhinagar.

Interestingly, the Opposition had made unemployment among youth with higher education as one of the key electoral issues in the just held Assembly election. Having come from the governor in the homestate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah, it is seen by some as an awkward moment for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party that had successfully sold its "development" model to people in the state and managed a simple majority even after ruling for 23 years.

Expressing concern over the employment scenario in the state and the country, the governor said that it is important to mull over whether youth getting higher education would find proper jobs. "This also raises a question mark over the relevance of higher education."

Equitable development

The governor also stressed on equitable development  of urban and rural India, stating that development of some cities did not mean that the entire country was witnessing development.

The governor observations came in the presence of Chief Minister Rupani, who shared the dais. Later, Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama tried to wriggle out of the awkward situation saying the state would mull over the governor's suggestions. "He is our senior and whatever the governor said were his personal opinion and suggestions. Our government will take into account the positive aspects," Chudasama told mediapersons.

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