Herald: Goan girl to represent India at South Asian Youth Summit 2018

Goan girl to represent India at South Asian Youth Summit 2018

26 Sep 2018 01:33am IST

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26 Sep 2018 01:33am IST

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Author Priya Davli has been selected to represent India in the upcoming South Asian Youth Summit 2018 under the International Youth Committee in Sri Lanka on November 28, 2018. Café reveals more

The South Asian Youth Summit 2018

has selected Priya Dalvi to represent the country amongst the 450 youth selected under the global theme of ‘Creating a sustainable future in the fractured South Asia’.

This is the second edition of the Summit and it is being held from November 28 to December 1, 2018 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The conference has a unique aim of producing a joint outcome between the states and the youths called ‘Colombo Youth Declaration 2018’. The Summit will be attended by youths from over 80 countries of the world.

“I applied for the summit in the last hours, when a teacher of mine, Ravi Armo, informed me about it. I barely expected that I would get this opportunity, assuming there would be thousands of applications from all over the country. Today, as I see the invitation letter, being one among the selected 450 participants and representing India, I’m overwhelmed. Getting a platform to voice my instinct, withyoung minds and delegates from all spheres of life from over 80 countries around the world, excites me and at the same time, I feel it’s a huge responsibility representing my own country,” says Priya.

To apply, one needs to fill up an application on the SAARC Youth portal mentioning his/her work for youth and community along with a portfolio.To get selected, the International Youth Committee (IYC) under SAARC has to determine that your work is organic,adds value and contributes to the community in terms of development, sustainability, etc as compared to the other competing applicants.

“Perhaps, some work in the past worked in my favour. Such as my work with an NPO calledMake a Difference (Pune) as a volunteer teacher, where my role was to visit an orphanage and teach the assigned students every Sunday for over six months. Fund raising was another role which I had actively participated,” says Priya.

Priya, who hails from Keri, Sattari, completed her BE (IT) from Goa Engineering College in the year 2012 and while she is a software professional, based in Punefor the last six years, she is also a full time author and speaker.Her debut book, ‘What About PASSION’, which talks about the journeys of 12 engineers who found success in non-engineering careers, was a major hit.

“Secondly, my book ‘What About PASSION?’ – a youth oriented non-fiction book that emphasises on following a career around ones interest area, turned out to be a means to showcase work in the same area.Also, my visits and talks to educational institutions and youth gatherings in and around Goa and Maharashtra probably added to my chance of getting noticed and selected,” she adds.

The South Asian Youth Summit allows youth of SAARC countries (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan) to voice their ideas and concerns and make opinions directly.

“I’d certainly take this opportunity to share my perspective on how an individual can revel his life fully if he follows what excites him. This might sound clichéd but I completely adhere to it. Although not rapidly, but India today is certainly evolving and the youth are on their pursuit of discovering their interests and building careers around their passions. At the same time, I would touch upon the fact that following one’s passion doesn’t mean quitting your jobs or studies. Passion can still be connected to your existing line of work. With that, I’d share my expedition from working in a software corporate for over 6 years to writing a book, and eventually being recognised as a youth speaker,” adds Priya.

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