Dissecting the critical role of mentoring required to create true entrepreneurs, Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust in partnership with Rashtrapati Bhavan held at the “International Mentoring Summit” on 5th April 2017. This event was based on the impact of mentorship in various sectors under the theme ‘Mentoring Grassroots Entrepreneurs in Smart Grams for Inclusive Growth’. The event that was set on BYST’s 25 years of functioning in the country, presented inspiring stories of entrepreneurs from hinterlands and held deep conversations during six different sessions.
The summit commenced with an Opening Plenary on ‘Setting a National Agenda for youth Entrepreneurship for Inclusive Growth’, where BYST launched a High-Flyers Club featuring the top performing dynamic micro-entrepreneurs, to facilitate unique sourcing and networking opportunities. Some of the eminent personalities present were Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, GoI, Shri Subodh Bhargava, Member Board of Trustees BYST, Baroness Usha Prashar, Deputy Chair, British Council, Shri Amarajeet Sinha, Secretary Ministry of Rural Development, Ms Shanmuga Devi and Shri Shyam Sekar, BYST Entrepreneur and Mentor, Shri Gaurav Dalmia, Chairman Dalmia Group Holdings and Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani, Rajyoga Meditation Teacher, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development, Shri Rahul Bajaj and Ms Lakshmi Venkatesan
Emphasizing on creating jobs and empowering people with skills along with the development of villages, session two saw participation from members and dignitaries such as Shri Harshpati Singhania, Member, Board of Trustees BYST, Dr Ajit Kumar, Vice Chancellor National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Shri Arjun Misra, Vice President, Project Gopalpur and Managing Director, Tata Steel Special Economic Zone Ltd., Shri CP Tripathi, Advisor, CSR Bajaj Auto Ltd and the Guest of Honour, Dr KP Krishnan, Secretary Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
On the occasion, Dr KP Krishnan, Secretary Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “The biggest barrier to unleashing the energies of entrepreneurship is likely to be the state. And we need to re-look at the whole system and enhance it for a better future.”
The summit approached the end with a special plenary with Hon’ble President of India, which was the main inaugural function of BYSTs Silver Jubilee. Praising the efforts of BYST, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said, “One way to look at poverty is to provide people with sufficient employment opportunities. BYST already has created around 5000 entrepreneurs who have further given employment to 2, 50, 000 people. And this journey will continue in the future to remove poverty by creating entrepreneurs who are job creators. On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of BYST, I compliment its leadership for their Initiatives and wish them success in all their future endeavours.”