No nation, no civilization could be constructed without its youth, for it’s the youngsters of their teen years who go on to shape the way forward for a rustic or a civilization. Subsequently it is important that for the revival of Indic civilization, we attain out to our teenage youngsters, train them about our tradition and values, sensitize them concerning the issues we face, and prepare them for constructing an excellent future. Soumya Aggarwal is one such one that has taken upon herself this process of reaching out to teenagers with an Indic message.
Sowmya is the young and dynamic CEO of IGenPlus, a joint venture between Indic Academy and Gateway Basis. She is immersed in numerous activities within the subject of schooling and youth leadership. She serves as the chief director of Gateway Schooling – an reasonably priced high quality schooling campus in Delhi NCR. She is the curator of Households For Change at Imaginative and prescient India Basis. For her efforts, she was awarded the ASEAN-Indo Youth Award 2019 by Ministry of External Affairs.
On behalf of IndiaFacts, I interviewed her relating to her work with the youngsters via brainchild IGenPlus. Here is an excerpt.
Namaste Soumya, thanks for agreeing for this interview. Let me right away get to the purpose. Why IGenPlus? How was it conceived? What made you’re taking this up?
Hiya Nithin, thanks for inviting me for the interview.
Every little thing round us is changing with the arrival of know-how. From food delivery to ebook reading, every facet of our life has been impacted. Nevertheless, our schooling system is just like what we had 100 years in the past. Thus, IGenPlus.
Once I started working within the schooling sector, I had two options: a) either I maintain ready for the federal government to make policy modifications or b) start something that can create opportunities for younger college students. I decided to do the latter. Nithin, it is extremely easy. Whenever you get inside any senior class within the faculty and speak to college students. You will notice them confused about careers, unaware about their objective in life or following their peers.
I needed to create opportunities for young students to remember, informative and advanced to make their own selections.
Also, when exponential innovations are creating ripples in society, it is essential that we introduce our students to the ancient knowledge and its relevance within the trendy context. Subjects like the power of the institution of family, the significance of meditation, sensitivity in the direction of the surroundings, nation-building must be launched on the early levels of life.
I feel I discovered my function after spending my complete Brahmacharya Ashram in a delusion. This could not occur to different youngsters. Teenagers maintain the longer term in their arms. We aspire to build next-generation thought-leaders via IGenPlus.
Why is your focus age group youngsters?
This age group is fragile and are on the lookout for opportunities to use their energies. As I discussed before, a lot of the students of this age group are delusional with the variety of options/decisions. It is essential we give them readability and a platform to utilize their power for nation-building.
Final yr you carried out your first Indic Teen Fest. Tell us more concerning the event and your expertise in organizing it.
It began in 2017. I met Yogini Deshpande from Indic Academy at a convention and shared the thought of conducting Indic Teen Fest. She related me with Hari Kiran ji and thus the journey of the first version of ITF began. After three months of planning and three months of execution, Indic Teen Fest 2018 occurred. Doing the fest was like giving shape to the start-up. The challenges have been many and so was the thrill. We needed to increase money, invite audio system, frame the fest to draw the teenagers of the 21st century and guarantee value addition to all the stakeholders.
The three days witnessed every little thing on one platform. The days began with Tennis, Zumba, Yoga, Basketball and ended with Workshops on Madhubani Artwork, Odissi Dance, Flute and Hindustani Vocal by Spic Macay Artists. In between, periods by Madhu Kishwar ji on Sexual Freedom and Duty, Luv Ranjan on Movie-Making, Ramesh RB on Strategy and Concentration, Hindol Sengupta on Swami Vivekananda and Sanjeev Sanyal on Dwelling Life As An Journey added the right combination of data, experience and studying for the young viewers.
The glimpse of the last yr’ fest may be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COiPFJrgA8k
What challenges did you face while organizing it? What do you assume is your largest studying from the occasion?
One huge problem was to realize the trust of the faculties and fogeys. One other challenge was to get the fitting set of sponsors and companions who would consider in the concept. Another activity was to construct the workforce from scratch and create a standard vision.
As ITF was first such experiment, we needed to make sure that it has an ideal stability of activities, workshops and fun. All the journey had its own play of feelings. There were losses, risks and confusions but we have been decided to do it. The entrepreneurial spirit on the battlefield is certainly one of the best weapon.
I read the concept observe of IGenPlus and from what I understood, your group is making an attempt to instill Indian civilizational values among the younger era by reaching out to them within the format that they will simply relate to—by way of courses, competitions, and so forth. Are you able to elaborate extra on your vision and mission? Do share concerning the three verticals- YogiPlus, DesignPlus, and ExponentialPlus?
Proper! IGenPlus is about creating management within the youngsters by promoting Yogic Considering, Design Considering and Exponential Considering. We goal to organize students for all times fairly than educating them for a profession.
By means of YogiPlus we help the scholars to unbind the fullest potential of thoughts, physique, and spirit. This can develop their character with the give attention to character, emotional progress and mindfulness. With us, students won’t solely define the purpose of life but in addition develop a way of service, sustainable way of life, turn out to be culturally delicate and inclusive.
Design considering is the new buzz word but it’s an inherent capability which might be nurtured. By way of our curriculum in DesignPlus, students will go beyond memorizing information and will study meta-skills that amplify the thoughts power and make them more artistic. This consists of fields like intuition and creativity, acutely aware management, entrepreneurial expertise, aim setting and more.
New improvements are giving start to unexplored alternatives. ExponentialPlus will equip the teenagers with the talents to utilise them and can put together for the needs of the longer term.
By means of these three verticals, we enable our youngsters to discover their aptitude and keenness, build on their artistic expertise, expose them to eminent thought leaders, nurture them to grow to be non-linear and trans-disciplinary thinkers and immerse them in cultural experiences. We practice them to develop into inclusive, pluralistic and socially responsible leaders able to cope with the challenges of the longer term. We see them with their future goals fused with the universal rules and values from our historic knowledge with modern insights.
I consider you’d be conducting three Teen Festivals this yr. Can you share extra particulars about these events? Would they comply with the same format as your occasion final yr?
Sure! this yr we are conducting three festivals in Delhi, Los Angeles and London. The target of this fest is to provide younger students a chance to satisfy eminent personalities, work together with one of the best minds, discover their passion, and study numerous professional and private expertise. It’s designed to provide the youngsters a holistic lifetime exposure, coupled with enjoyable and leisure.
It’s occurring on 5th – 9th of June in Delhi, on 22nd June in LA, and on 15th September in London. Numerous volunteers are coordinating the fests in these places. All these fests are following totally different formats relying on the native context. For example, within the USA, the main target is extra on yoga, politics and mindfulness whereas, in London, we’re masking subjects like colonialism, globalization, and financial system.
In Delhi, the format is totally different. It is for five days. With college students reporting in the evening of the primary day and testing after breakfast on the fifth day. The delegates can be spending complete three days with us. The second day is focussed on YogiPlus wherein specialists like Rakesh Godwani, Roopa Rai and Pervin Malhotra will convey clarity in life, determine their strengths and supply them with tools to use these strengths. It is going to make the youngsters more conscious and assured about themselves. The third day will cover subjects on new technologies and its potential, the longer term workforce, cybersecurity by the specialists. The fourth day may have a session on alternate careers and workshop on artistic expertise like images, toy-making, story-telling and so on.
The highlight of this yr’s fest is the business competitors. All the delegates will probably be divided into small batches and they might work on an concept, pitch to the buyers and incubate it at IGP. Along with this, actions like horse driving, Zumba, basketball, cultural performances, the stand-up comedy will add to the fun.
Where do you see your self and IGenPlus from 10 years from now?
I see myself chilling within the mountains with a scorching cup of tea. haha.
We see IGenPlus as a worldwide movement. We wish to work with young learners everywhere in the world and construct their capacities for yogic, artistic and exponential leadership.
I need to grow younger as I develop into previous. I’ve to all the time put myself within the footwear of youngsters in order that I can perceive them and know their aspirations, problems, and interests. This can allow me to assume afresh and continue learning.
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