Youth should be entrepreneurial and strive to become job givers and not job seekers, Kiran Bedi, former Indian Police Service officer and recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, said here on Saturday.

Speaking at a three-day youth convention organised by the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, she said that by 2020, India would be the youngest country with a large number of youth. This was a challenge as there would be abundance of energy. Even today, India needed about 450 million jobs. The government sector offered only 20 million jobs and the private sector generated just 10 million jobs. In such a situation, to meet the jobs needs, youth should become job givers. The financial institutions, educational institutions and government should work together for this.

Education should give not only knowledge and information but it should also train a person in human values. It was important to have the intelligence quotient working with the emotional quotient, she said. Youth should be prepared to serve and work for society. Students should receive education of the head, heart and hand, she said.

They should develop a positive attitude, start believing in oneself and be caring (ABC of Life).

They should not give room for even small mistakes in life. She urged the students to weed out corruption. Youth should not accept or give dowry.

They also had certain responsibilities as citizens. Students should be enlightened, know about their right to information and exercise the Rule 49-O if they do not like a candidate contesting in the election, she said.

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