The Free Press Journal Scholarship Awards: Students are future leaders of change

Students are the future leaders of change” was the claim and motivation given to students through the panel discussion on ‘Youth Leadership in Changing India’. The ninth annual The Free Press Journal (FPJ) Scholarship Awards and the fifth annual Higher Education Forum (HEF) Scholarship event witnessed a panel discussion to encourage students to become future leaders.

The objective of the panel discussion was to throw light on the importance of Youth Leadership and its contribution towards growth and development of the society in general and business in particular. The discussion included panelists like Anjali Barot, Model and Actor, Trupti Bhosale, Software Engineer and Athlete, Hardik Patel, Founder of Healwell, Akshit Gupta, Founder of Fondtonic, Sriram Subramanian, Founder of Thotaka Technologies and Anubha Sinha, Founder of Rays 3D-Visual Media Innovations.

As the panelists were young speakers from different walks of life pursuing their passion as their profession, the discussion highlighted the challenges and opportunities young leaders face in the changing business world. It provided a clarity to the audience that there are tremendous avenues for growth obtainable in a lot of modern and non-traditional professions such as art, literature, acting, advertising, media, digital innovations, marketing and healthcare.

Anjali Barot, Model and Actor, said, “If you really want to pursue a certain field of career then nothing can stop you. Acting gives an opportunity to express yourself.” While Trupti Bhosale, software engineer and athlete, said, “Never give up on your dreams! Students should try their best to achieve what they dream even if the going gets tough. Eat, sleep and play well is the basic strategy for a healthy life.”

Akshit Gupta, Founder of Fondtonic, said, “Students can work for some time once they complete their studies so that they get an idea of their work culture and environment. It will help them become better entrepreneurs and start their own venture.” Hardik Patel, founder of Healwell, said, “Students change their career fields and experiment with different options. Business ventures need planning and students should invest time in it.”

Sriram Subramanian, founder of Thotaka Technologies, said, “Students can plan what they want to do and pursue it to gain success.” Anubha Sinha of founder of Rays 3D-Visual Media Innovations, said, “Failure is a part of life and students should not be discouraged if they fail. Achieving anything in life is going to take time and effort and students can be patient but they should preserve and work towards it.”

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