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Youths in search of skills come to capital

A group of around 450 youths, who are travelling the country to learn skills from social and economic entrepreneurs, arrived in Patna on Wednesday.

They are all part of Jagriti Yatra, 2012, which aims to enhance leadership skills of youths and spread the message of nation building through enterprise. The group began its journey in Mumbai on Christmas Eve last year. They would travel 8,000km before ending their journey on January 8 by returning to the Maharashtra capital.

Patna is the eighth stop in their itinerary. The team gathered at Kalidas Rangalaya on Wednesday.

Ashutosh Kumar, executive director, Tata Jagriti Yatra, said: “The youths in the project are from 24 Indian states. There are 25 international participants as well. Around 60 per cent of the group is from villages or small towns and 40 per cent are women.”

Discussing their travel plan, Kumar said: “In the first part of the journey, we went to Dharwar in Karnataka and visited Selco — a solar power company established by Harish Hande.”

Hande is an IIT-Kharagpur graduate; his company provides power to around 150 neighbouring villages. “We could not meet him there but we will have a rendezvous with him in Ahmedabad in the course of our journey.”

The group also visited Infosys in Bangalore. “In the course of a panel discussion, experts from Flipkart and redBus explained how they keep in mind the needs of the customers before proffering their services.

In Patna, the group met officials of Nidan, a non-government organisation that works towards the empowerment of people from economically backward sections of society.