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Today’s Youth

September 16, 2011 divider image

Regular Meeting: 1st September 2011, Guest Speaker: Dr Lalit Khullar

It was an interesting meeting today, being the RI month for “New Generations”, and all of us got a lesson or two from the guest speaker for the evening. Dr Lalit Khullar, Director, Tirpude Institute of Management Education (TIME), and one of the most respected figures on the academic circuit, shared his views with us. After the usual round of greetings and recognitions, project announcements, and the release of the GO, we settled down into our seats in a class-room style lecture delivered by the eminent speaker.

Dr Khullar gave out “sheets” to the audience, and asked everyone to write down what they felt was “not right” about the current generation. Of course, this was meant to introspect, and to learn more about how the GenNext thinks, acts and behaves. Dr Khullar is engaged in the teaching profession for the last 15 years, dealing on a day-to-day basis with youth in the 19-26 age group.

Responses from the audience came fast and furious like “youth do not respect elders”, “callous”, “irresponsible” etc. Dr Khullar in his own distinct style went about meticulously tearing apart these myths about the youth of today. He said that youth of today is smarter than the previous generation; they have to accept and deal with a lot more challenges, to be able to compete and be accepted by their peers. He said that it is the burden of “expectations” that make us feel let down by the youth, and we must review this major aspect in our effort to understand the youth of today.

For example, the children today have to learn at least 20 years of recent history more than what we may have studied. The knowledge that is available today is better documented than earlier. There is tremendous information available on the web, and we can find youth browsing frantically for that extra piece of information. Today’s youth is comfortable with the number of gadgets around, and is very tech-savvy.

On the issue of respect to elders, Dr Khullar said the the very definition of respect has changed today. It is more about trust and friendship that defines a relationship with one’s children. Respect is more in thoughts and words than simply a “front” is what he evinced. He broke another myth about “western culture” that some may believe youth copy a lot. Dr Khullar said today’s youth is a potent force, as seen in the rallies against corruption that was led by Anna Hazare.

We need to trust the youth, ensure proper parenting, believe in their capability, and guide them properly to enable them to reach their potential. If our expectations are adjusted and made more realistic, we will ensure a harmonious relationship with our youth, and dream of a better future.

PP Shabbir Shakir proposed a formal vote of thanks.

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