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‘Impact 5000 by 18’ campaign launched

Correspondent KOHIMA AUG 30 (NPN)
Published on 31 Aug. 2013 1:35 AM IST
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With the aim to help create a sustainable economy for Nagaland besides enhancing the lives of Naga youth with practical skills, ‘Impact 5000 by 18”, a five-year campaign on entrepreneurship and employment was officially launched Friday at Hotel Vivor by minister for youth resource and sports Merentoshi Jamir.

The campaign, a joint collaboration of government of Nagaland and department of youth resource and sports with the initiative of YouthNet, would be led by Merentoshi Jamir.

The campaign aims to enhance work skills of 5000 youth of Nagaland by 2018, where the 5000 youth would be learning practical skills enabling them to generate employment/income with specific skills imparted through training programmes.

Addressing the entrepreneurs including students from St. Josephs’ College, the minister said the impact 5000 by 18 campaign was one such vision that would guide contribution towards a sustainable future of the state.

Merentoshi said time has come for the present and the next generation of Nagaland to adopt a radical mindset shift on choice of vocations.

The minister also opined that civil society organizations, apex hohos, churches, town and village communities, parents and elders needed to undergo a mindset change and should not expect their children to opt for only government jobs. He was optimistic that the campaign would achieve its target.

State chief secretary Alemtemshi Jamir, who was also the mentor of YouthNet in his address said unemployment in Nagaland was a myth and said there were huge scope of employment opportunities in the state.

Speaking on Impact 5000 by 18, the YouthNet mentor said he said “expected dynamism” was lacking in the youth but urged them not to be discouraged.

Abokali Jimomi and Tomtsa Vinito Chishi of YouthNet gave a power point presentation on the mission - Impact 5000 by 18.

The mission envisaged to promote mindset shift; foster entrepreneurial mindset; help build an entrepreneurial ecosystem; promote holistic co-creation of socio-economic prosperity and enable a collective positive future.

The campaign activities and task projection for 2012-2013 included skills development agro sector; fine arts; handloom; mechanized furniture; handicrafts in 20 local units (upgrade/upscale) and 300 youth; livestock rearing for 20 local units (upgrade/upscale) and 300 youth; entrepreneurship development in 11 districts and 220 youth; emerging entrepreneurs training and business growth plan. For the campaign, there were 20 established young entrepreneurs (role-models building) from across the state.

Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (WCED) executive director Dr. Krishna Tanuku of Indian School of Business (ISB) would be the chief mentor while chairman, CEO Jupiter Capital and Rajya Sabha independent Rajeev Chandrasekhar Chairman would be the chief mentor for the entrepreneur programme.

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