Practical education for youths for country's development: DPM Pokharel

Kathmandu, Aug 12: Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwor Pokharel today stressed the need for providing practical education to youths for the development of the country.

"Youths are jobless even after being educated. Now technical and vocational education should be prioritised," he said at 'National Youth Talent Honour and Youth Entrepreneur Conference' organised here jointly by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and National Youth Council (NYC) on the occasion of the International Youth Day. The Day is being observed all around the world including Nepal. Slogan for this Day for Nepal is transformation in education in Nepal: entrepreneurship and new initiation'.

The government should focus on education relating to production, labour and employment so increasing brain drain should stop, he said.

Likewise on the occasion, Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bahadur Bishwokarma viewed that youths should be mobilised for nation building as they are the backbone for development. "Youths have many aspirations which can be realised by mobilising them for nation building. In this regard, a youth mobilisation year has been announced this year," he said.

Similarly, president of the Education and Health Committee under the House of Representatives, Jayapuri Gharti was of the view that the country could take a stride in development if youths could rightly utilise natural resources of the country.

NYC vice president Madav Dhungel underscored the need for making youth efficient by transforming public education.

On the occasion, the Ministry, NYC and various youth organisations took out morning processions today morning. The processions went through Bhrikutimandap, Bhadrakali and Ratnapark before concluding at Nepal Academy.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwor Pokharel addresses the 'National Youth Talent Honour and Youth Entrepreneur Conference' organised in Kathmandu jointly by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and National Youth Council (NYC) on the occasion of the International Youth Day, Aug 12, 2019.

Started from 2000 following the United Nations' decision to celebrate the day so as to address concerns of youths, the Day is observed every year on August 12. Nepal joined the celebration on 2004.

The population of youths of Nepal is over 10.07 million (around 40.35 percentage of the total population of Nepal), according to the national census, 2068, which defines youth between the age group of 16 to 40.

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