Manthan : The National Youth Conference

Role of Youth in achieving Atmanirbhar Bharat: Reviving Indian spirit of self-reliance

Self-reliance or Atmanirbharta is the core and latent divinity of Bharat. Indian spirit of self-reliance is unique and exemplary. The conception of ‘Self’ in India, is itself the reason which had given it the title of Vishwa Guru. Indian concept of self begins with ‘I’ but is not limited to an individual. Self includes individual, family, community, society, nation and ultimately leading towards the higher notion of Vasudaiv Kutumbkam. Thus, self-reliance in India begins with an individual but that cannot be fully attained unless the whole nation becomes self-reliant, thereafter playing a crucial role in ensuring world’s progress. With its innate self-reliant spirit, India has pioneered at various fronts from the ancient times until now. Indian spirit of self-reliance is evident in form of the initial and classical works by individuals in all possible fields right from Yoga, mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, architecture, literature, grammar, philosophy, agriculture, medicine, surgery, chemistry, botany, geography, animal science, economics, political science to public administration. Beyond individuals, self-reliance has been the soul and functional unit of Indian villages’ right from the age of Indus Valley Civilization.

Though inherent, but time and again there has emerged a pressing need to channelize the young and vibrant brains of India to revive the self-reliant spirit of this great nation. Tracing its way from the Gandhian era to a time when the world is suffering from a deadly pandemic, self-reliance has been always visualised as a potential solution for emerging challenges of India. Over again this issue was highlighted on May 12, 2020 as an effective response to an unprecedented havoc caused by Covid-19 pandemic in form of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (Self-reliant India Movement). Atmanirbhar Abhiyan stood as a clarion call for the country to convert this crisis into an opportunity by becoming self-reliant and to re-boot and revamp its economy.

Current idea of self-reliant India is the same as Gandhi’s — modernisation yes, Western dependence no. It aims at a quantum jump in the economic potential of the country by strengthening infrastructure, using modern technologies, enriching human resources, and creating robust supply chains. It is India’s bridge between localisation and globalisation. In order to achieve this goal, policymaking needs to address underlying issues and leverage economic opportunities. PM Narendra Modi outlined the contours of this new self-reliant India across all spheres — education, health, agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, trade, defence, foreign policy, environment, digital connectivity; for all segments of society — the poor, the middle class, women, young, entrepreneurs, labour; and in all regions — from Kashmir to the North-east, from urban to rural areas. He also defined five pillars of Atmanirbhar Bharat — Economy, Infrastructure, System, Demography and Demand. From the Gandhian call of Swaraj movement to the present thrust on Atmanirbhar Bharat, Youth were and are observed as the most important driver of the desired transformation. The vibrant demography of the nation is capable enough to convert this dream to reality; just the role of youth in various domains is required to be identified in bringing up Atmanirbhar Bharat.

The four subthemes for the Youth Conference :

With the rapidly advancing environment of the global markets and businesses, updating and polishing existing skills is imperative to make Indian youth potential relevant according to the changing demands in all sorts of jobs and operations. Education and training are pivotal to generate required skills among youth. The New Education Policy 2020 also focuses on empowering young students with technical as well as soft skills, which encompass higher-order cognitive skills. This subtheme invites papers proposing solutions as frameworks, Standard Operating Procedures and possible methodologies for overcoming the challenges pertaining to the skilling, reskilling and upskilling of the demographically huge Young India.

The Gandhian movement to promote Khadi and local products of Nation is the symbol of National Unity & Integrity and is well understood in present time, similarly the phrase “Vocal for local” emphasize the need to come together to encourage local businesses and products. In present scenario, we witnessed the local businesses and indigenous industries like cottage industry facing many threats from global market. These local businesses are source of livelihood for millions of rural artisans and farmers. Therefore, we need to strengthen the MSMEs with an unconventional approach so that they become popular not only in India but in the world market as well. This subtheme invites papers encouraging Indigenous systems by proposing plan, strategies and policy based recommendations aligned with future prospects, opportunities and scopes which will be practically feasible and provide a new edge of global identity to our local products.

The Start-up ecosystem in India is scaling up with a decent rise and has become the 3rd largest in the world in around a decade. The aiding policies like Start-up India and Atal Innovation Mission have constructed a reasonably optimum environment for boosting innovation and the development of entrepreneurial ventures. India has a huge potential to rise in the Global Innovation Index and has tremendous latent power for bringing up solutions to the modern challenges, which can be acknowledged by entrepreneurial minds. This subtheme invites views and strategies for fostering innovation in Entrepreneurial development, promoting entrepreneurial will among youth and creative solution for budding entrepreneurs and policymakers for a better yielding start-up environment in the country.

The popular consensus is that all India needs to do is to make its land, tax and labour laws more business friendly, improve its infrastructure and slash red tape. To outreach beyond the limits and emerge as a strong trading power, an extraordinary step must be taken with a planned and focussed mind. “Make in India for the World” is an invitation to the foreign factors of production in form of capital, technology and investment to employ Indian labor and use the land and natural resources in India. This subtheme invites paper dealing with the prospects, challenges, opportunities and scope with most applicable and practical ideas to make this scheme globally competitive by achieving all the goals and targets.


There is no registration fee.
The Conference will be held on January 12-13, 2021 in online mode.
Cash prizes worth Rs. 25,000 /- and appreciation certificates.
The selected papers will be published in a compendium with ISBN number.

All registered students will be eligible to attend a workshop on "Develop Skills, Become More Resourceful".


  • The students can form a team of maximum two authors for paper submission in any of the four subthemes.
  • The paper should be submitted with a word limit of 2000-3000 words (excluding references). It should cover the following aspects but not necessarily under the same heading:
    a) Problem Addressed
    b) Solution Proposed
    c) Feasibility, Economic and Environmental Viability, Scalability
    d) Expected outcomes
  • Use Times New Roman 12-point font single spaced, 1-inch (2.5cm) margin all around, and 8.5 "×11"page setting.
  • Figures, graphs, tables must be of high resolution.
  • Kindly ensure that the paper is free from plagiarism and proper references are given.
  • The paper must be submitted in Microsoft Word (. doc,. docx) format only.
  • The first 100 paper submissions shall be eligible for evaluation and no further entries will be considered thereafter.
  • Last date of paper submission is December 15, 2020.
  • The confirmation regarding the selection of your paper for oral or poster presentation will be informed by December 22, 2020.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.