India has no shortage of people with its population of 1.3 billion. What the country lacks though, is skilled workforce. According to a report, less than 5% workers have a formal training of their jobs. Also, more than 80% Indian workers are informally employed. They are often excluded from employment rights, benefits and social protection.
However, there are some youngsters who have made their mark at an early age. Here are 5 of India’s young and skilled youths who are making a difference:
Ritesh Agarwal – Age 24:
The guy behind ‘OYO Rooms’ started his entrepreneurial journey when he was just 17! He dropped out of college and launched his first start‐up Oravel Stays Pvt. Ltd. in the year 2012. Later, he pivoted it to OYO Rooms in 2013. He was named as world’s youngest CEO at the age of 17.
Kavita Shukla – Age 30:
Kavita Shukla started R&D for her company ‘Fenugreen’ when she was 12 years old. The company makes a product called ‘FreshPaper’. It is a spice-infused paper that keeps food fresh by inhibiting bacterial and fungal growth.
Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran – Age 16 & 18:
The siblings Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran are the one of the youngest upcoming entrepreneurs of India. They run a company called ‘GoDimensions’. With an aim to develop a simple technological solution for the digital world, they are the youngest mobile application developers in India. In 2017, they were listed in ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’.
Sreelakshmi Suresh – Age 21:
Sreelakshmi Suresh started her journey as a web designer at the age of 6. Since then, she has never looked back. Sreelakshmi established ‘eDesign’ when she was just 10. She has developed over a hundred websites for renowned institutions and organisations across India since then.
Farrhad Acidwalla – Age 24:
Farrhad borrowed Rs. 1200 from his dad at the age of 13 to build an online community. By 17, he was interviewed on CNN. He currently runs a company called ‘Rockstah Media’. Farrhad is also a TEDx speaker, and has been the youngest guest lecturer in IIT Kharagpur’s Annual Entrepreneurship Summit.
It feels inspiring to read about all these young people, doesn’t it? But do you know what is even more inspiring and exciting? Finding your own passion and making your way to such lists. And if you try smart and hard enough, nothing is really impossible.