Thursday, June 8, 2023

Create jobs

Unemployment, both of the educated and the uneducated manpower, has today become one of the most topical and thorny issues in our state. Despite constituting a major chunk of our population, our youth are lagging behind in every field. They have a major role to play in the progress of our state but due to lack of support system they are facing many new challenges. It is sad that today our youths are afflicted by identity crisis, lack of self-confidence, a sense of hopelessness and confusion, and ambiguity concerning about moral issues and the future. They have been trapped in a culture marked by violence, and all this has resulted in an unstable economy, a shattered confidence of investors, lawlessness and a break-up of the social fabric. And the most profound problem our youth is facing at present is frustration. This monster is eating up our youth slowly and gradually. The youth don’t have jobs, means of healthy entertainment, health resources and awareness. The frustration as a result of multitude of problems is increasing day by day. We are aware that entrepreneurship development is the most powerful weapon of the youth. With it they could lead their state towards progress. Unfortunately quality and skill based education is still a dream for our youth, especially for the poor. There is no formal guidance for students in logical selection of a specific course of study. There is no unified entrepreneurship education system. Our universities and colleges have become degree distributing machines. Education does not mean only degrees but in its true sense it is the future of the youth. It is a fact that entrepreneurship education is a global phenomenon and a proven solution to combat youth unemployment. It’s a tool that can arm young people not only to start businesses and create jobs, but also to be opportunity-focused. It provides youth with the ability to think like entrepreneurs and to act like business owners, the ability to be problem solvers and the capacity to be adaptable, comfortable and self-directed in unclear situations. We all agree that the first group who should be prioritized in terms of employment is the youth. An employed youth can contribute most effectively to the state’s economy and the development process of Nagaland. Unfortunately there are some fundamental discrepancies in our system that brings about this situation of unemployment and also the lack of decent employment among youth. The lack of marketable skills in youth makes it harder for them to find decent employment. But this is not the only reason. As skilled individuals come out of universities the job market is already highly saturated that no space is there to create new jobs. Even the private sector is running on full capacity. In recent times, the government has come out with vocational training schemes as an answer to unemployment. This was an intelligent and a futuristic solution and it had helped in countering the problem to a certain extent. But there’s much more to be done. A lot can be done through promoting entrepreneurship among youth. If the government can come up with an efficient system to provide initial capital and consultative support to interested individuals a huge chunk of the unemployed youth would find a better alternative than being employed or in private sector. The challenge lies in the fact that many young people are hesitant to move to startups of their own. This is often a result of misconceptions regarding the risks involved. Yes there are significant risks but with the government’s backing youth should change their mindset to take calculated risk. Indeed we need a proper system in place, as the best resource of our state is its youth. We cannot afford to lose them, and we cannot afford to let them leave for career prospects outside because of the inadequacy of opportunities here. It is the duty of the government to look after its youth. If a government cannot afford to find jobs for each young person out there, it is still bound by the duty to help them create their own through entrepreneurship.