Indore: Every vote counts and if it is in the hands of youngsters in the city, they expect rural development along with urban, and most importantly improvisation in education level with increased opportunities to get well-paying jobs. This was concluded based on interaction with several youngsters in the city, who are studying in renowned colleges and institutes. When it comes to female students, safety is their prime concern.
Talking about his expectations from leaders, engineering student Vaibhav Kashava said, “With a population of over a billion people, we need education institutes that provide enough training that we can stand at par with the world.” He added that IITs and IIMs are the only recognised government institutes providing proper education and they can only take in about 5 percent at max of the total students, who are applying.
“Competition is good, but it is important that we have enough institutes to cover most students at least,” Kashava said. He added that government school education level also needs improvements. “I was brought up in Ratlam, where private schools were limited and the education level in government schools was a joke to most people,” animation student Saad Khan said. He quoted the importance of improving the standard in government schools in smaller towns and even in cities to bring in equality among people.
“India suffers from poverty, but only distributing subsidies is not going to change the scenario, we need to educate and empower people,” Khan said. He further talked about the need for jobs for educated professionals. “Start-ups are great for Make in India, but we need support for start-ups as well and government to invest in various sectors to provide jobs for educated professionals,” Khan said.
Discussing her expectations, microbiology student Mansi Joshi said, “I want leaders to have a broad mindset, because only someone who feels that women can dress anyway and make choices about their life.” She elaborated that broad mindset is must for someone to take corrective actions against harassers and further provide safe environment for women, instead of questioning their lifestyle choices.
“I would cast my vote also on the basis of plans that a party proposes for generating jobs,” Mansi said. She is studying microbiology and feels opportunities are limited in India. “Many developed countries invest in research and development, even run many public companies, where scientists, microbiologists and engineers from India are working, because of lack of opportunities in India,” Mansi said.