The demographic dividend of India is dubbed to be one of the strongest pillars for growth and driving the nation towards being the next superpower. But, today the youth is faced by tremendous challenges, fundamental challenges like unemployment in this ever changing world.

The youth represents a large voter base, with 51.8% of the population under the age of 35, with voters (age 18 to 35 years) being 31.3%. ISB and its flagship program is a representation of the best young minds in the country and we believe now is better than ever before to discuss the issues relating to the Youth of this nation and put the youth and the nation on the path of progress.

The idea of this conclave is to discuss with experts and leaders, the various challenges faced by the youth – Unemployment, Representation, Environment, Caste, Rural-Urban divide, and Freedom of Speech. Through these discussions, we hope to come up with tangible outputs that we believe the leaders of the country should consider and bring to fruition.
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest challenge for the youth today is employment of the lack thereof. With changing definition of jobs and what a job stands for there is a lot that needs to be done to in this regard. Initiatives have been aplenty, but for every protest or rally youth are still visibly taking to the streets. In the upcoming elections, all sides of the political spectrum will be looking to attract the youth vote with spurs of promises. The idea is to discuss the breadth of this issue and what to make of the recent poll promises and how to tackle this challenge and channel the youth’s energy towards the progress of the nation.
Urban – Rural divide
Better opportunities in the cities have led to large scale urban migration and pose unprecedented challenges not only on the cities but also the future of the country. With Agriculture getting less and less attractive, there are serious challenges related to the nation’s future food security. The youth have a pivotal role to play in this issue. In this topic, we plan to discuss 2 aspects of this issue. First on the rapid urbanization and how to equip the cities to tackle such a problem and secondly what role can policy makers play in establishing a balance in this urban and rural divide.
Reservation – Sex, Religion & Caste
India, given its diversity has been ‘socially engineered’ for political ends. Though this is discussed in hushed tones, the divisions in the social fabric of the country are becoming more prominent by the day. In the utopian perspective, we would want the all things to be equal, irrespective of any attributes of humans. But given the potential of political gains to be made from these divisions, we believe it is imperative to discuss, what are the causes and how can the youth of the nation take forwards our democratic principles in their essence of equality.
Climate Change is no more an issue of the future, which emerging economies have a crucial part to play in. Finding solutions to problems of business and society should be looked at from the lenses of both economic and environmental sustainability. The youth of the country have a pivotal role to play in the same and these progressive questions need discussion to bring out various perspectives of their challenges.
Freedom, Free Speech and Democracy
Discussions on current social fabric, opinion shaping narratives and where India as a democracy is heeded.