Youth is the future of any nation. The young generation manages to maintain the current position of society. And to fulfill this requirement, families and communities need to assure that youth receive the knowledge and experiences needed to lead productive and fulfilling lives. And to understand and empower the youth across the globe the International Youth Day is celebrated on 12th August every year. This day becomes quite significant in a country like India, where the largest ever youth population exists. According to UNFPA projections, India will continue to have one of the youngest populations in the world till 2030. And currently, India is experiencing a demographic window of chance, which is a youth growth that will last till 2025.

The theme for International Youth Day 2021 is "Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health". This theme aims to highlight the benefit of such a global effort that will not be completed without the significant support of young souls. The youth of India face several evolving challenges, including access to education, employment, gender equality, and many other matters. Yet, with advances in their assistance and guidance, youth can reconstruct the social and commercial fortunes of the nation. And numerous young Indian innovators are working towards planetary health in general. And here are some of the young Indian innovators who have recognized some relevant issues and came up with innovative solutions.

  • Santosh Kaveri –

Santosh is a resident of a tiny village named Shedbal in India. He is an enthusiastic member of the Leaders Accelerating Development Program ( of the Deshpande Foundation. Santosh has developed effective solutions for many small-scale farmers. These innovations include a no-electricity, water-efficient carrot cleaning machine which helps numerous farmers throughput 10 villages. Santosh and his team have also created a bullock cart brake system that reduces stress on farmers and their oxen. Santosh was also given many awards for his other sustainable successful initiatives.

  • Saurabh Kumar –

Saurabh Kumar got recognized for mass-producing bioethanol. It is a renewable petroleum substitute that’s also less toxic to the environment. Bioethanol is a compound produced by fermenting the sucrose and starch-rice portions of crops left over after a harvest. It is produced from plants that first scrub carbon dioxide from the air during their lifetime, its net carbon emissions are also much lower. This product can provide a viable fuel substitute for automobiles with Kumar’s method and with farmers incentivized to grow crops like sugarcane and wheat. With his amazing innovation, Saurabh Kumar has also become one of the youngest researchers who presented a paper at the 27th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Portugal.

  • Gitanjali Rao -

Gitanjali Rao is a very young innovator who has developed a device called tethys. This device can check the lead content in drinking water, potentially saving people from illness and even death. Not only is it fast and accurate, but it is also easily portable. Gitanjali believes this sort of device should be available all across India, where monsoon flooding often ends up contaminating drinking water sources with runoff from nearby factories and other sources.

  • Students of Lovely Professional University - 

The young students from the Lovely Professional University built a device named the Flying Farmer drone. It is mainly made for survey purposes for farmers. It has wireless sensors, which can help map any region of a farm as it flies over, surveying the yield and biomass at the same time while also estimating the nutrient content of the soil. And not only this drone is easy to handle, it only costs about Rs 10,000-15000 to build. Moreover, this drone can also be used to quickly and conveniently deliver pesticide payloads to certain areas of the farm. It can further detect weeds growing between crops and transfer the data to the farmers so they can handle it properly.

When young people like these contribute their ideas and energy to resolve social issues, they become the people who make difference in the lives of others. Youth have a role to renew and refresh our society's current status, including leadership, innovations, and skills. They also have to maintain all the good values in societies, and development projects. Youth works like the backbone of any society, and the healthy, educated, productive and fully engaged young people can help society break the cycle of problems and be more resilient.

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