Aamir Shaikh, a second year BA student of Rizvi College, manages his time between college and work. He owns a-year-old event management company operating from his swanky south Mumbai office.
Anuj Shakrani, a third year student of electronic & telecommunication in VJTI, also runs his business of T-shirt logo printing.
Ameya Dhuri, another student of VJTI, has also started a video film company.
These are some examples of the many youngsters who have their own start-ups even before their graduation.
Anuj is focusing more on business instead of engineering. “I am not comfortable working in a big company where there is no recognition. My own small company will give me name and independence.”
Identity and independence are what youth of today strive for.
Thousands of BCom students are studying CA simultaneously to be independent as soon they can. “The urge to be on your own feet is growing fast,” says Hemanshu Rughani, a student of Jai Hind College.
Not all are looking for financial independence. There are youngsters who are not ready to compromise with their dreams. They are choosing subjects which has few takers. A significant enrollment in part-time course and language courses such as Pali, German, performing arts and music has surprised academicians.
Rounak Naik, a final year law student of Pravin Gandhi Law College, says, “Youth is in search of change. They keep a diverse portfolio.”
While many undergrads like Shezaad Shaikh have their own NGOs, there are others who choose social projects out of their own interest.
Suyash Somani, a chemical engineering student of IIT-Bombay, is working on a project to convert vegetable market waste into bioethanol (a fuel) for an NGO, Together as One. “We are working to provide energy solution to poor countries. Many IITians teach poor students during weekends. Some work for other NGOs. This gives an immense satisfaction,” he says.
Shubham Bansal, a student from IIT Delhi, is working on developing eco chulha which would make life easier for women in villages.
JBIMS student, Saurabh Pandey, who recently won the best management student of the year award and a HUL scholarship, is one of brightest and socially-inclined student on the campus.
Besides helping NGOs to teach poor children, he is working with Catalyst for Social Change on a project on orphans.
Youth today are confident and are working overtime to get recognition and space. They are open to discuss burning issues, rally for justice and raise their voices against corruption. Is India ready?