“Source: THE ECONOMIC TIMES”
UNITED NATIONS: India has the second largest startup ecosystem in the world and the median age of founders of these enterprises is only 31 years, a youth delegate from India said at the UN.
India’s young population is scripting remarkable success stories, said youth delegate Seema Pujani at an interactive round-table on ‘Looking to the Future: A dialogue on the High-level Political Forum (SDG) Summit’ during the ECOSOC Youth Forum here on Tuesday.
India today has the second largest startup ecosystem in the world, she said. “With a median age of about 29 years, India is one of the youngest countries in the world. As a substantial segment of the Indian electorate, the youth stand to influence policymaking in the country.
“The median age of founders of these enterprises is only 31 years. Youth in India are also behind forging new alliances and partnerships across the government, civil society, business and academia which are critical for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Pujani said.
Young Indians are overcoming challenges and shining bright in all walks of life, she said. “Be they athletes like Dipa Karmakar and Hima Das or countless young entrepreneurs, artists, authors, engineers, doctors, lawyers and civil servants, India’s young population is scripting remarkable success stories and making confident strides into the future,” the youth delegate said.
Pujani pointed out that youth empowerment and inclusive social development are at the heart of flagship programmes of the Indian government that seek to target gender equality, increased access to financial services, digital connectivity, skill development and higher education, universal health coverage, sanitation and housing for all.