| Participants from West Khasi Hills present a traditional dance on Monday. Picture by Saidul Khan |
Tura, Aug. 4: Meghalaya sports and youth affairs minister Zenith Sangma today asked youths to select their profession themselves and not out of compulsion, during the inauguration of the weeklong inter-district youth exchange programme held here.
In an hourlong speech to a gathering, which comprised 250 youths from 11 districts of the state, Sangma said, “You should make efforts to overcome their challenges and measure their own potential. It is your sheer perseverance that will decide your future.”
Urging youths to select their profession by “choice”, he said, “The government has enabled an atmosphere for the youths to identity their latent talents, which should be explored to its optimum.”
On a lighter note, he referred to a few doctors posted in rural areas as “salary-drawing doctors”, as they have failed to look into the interests of the poor patients.
“Many have chosen their profession out of compulsion, which is reflected in their work. So, it is important that youths are conscious enough to select their profession by choice and not default,” he added.
On the chief minister’s career guidance and skill development programme, the youth affairs minister stressed the need for the youths to focus on their goals and principles in life. “Communicating your true strengths and unique value is critical to success in the dynamic and digital global marketplace. They are your only constants — they drive your performance, your differentiation and are your ultimate competitive advantage,” he added.
The programme, organised by the directorate of sports and youth affairs in collaboration with Nehu Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Meghalaya zone, is aimed at fostering mutual understanding of different cultures and customs among the youths.
The programme will impart soft skill training, career skills through different workshops and seminars.
It will also give them a platform to display their talents in sports, music and extra-curricular activities.
The deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi, said, “The programme will give an opportunity to instil a sense of brotherhood in the youths.”