The Y20 is a group that allows young people to share ideas and advocate for policies that promote the well-being of their peers. The Telangana State Innovation Cell and Research and Information System for Developing Countries recently organised a brainstorming session on health, well-being, and sports for young people in Telangana. The session aimed to discuss various aspects related to health and mental well-being, and featured talks followed by a moderated brainstorming session. The key themes discussed were promoting digital health infrastructure, improving physical and mental well-being through adoption of traditional medicine yoga, improving access to health financing for young citizens, strategies for prevention of substance abuse through sports and wellbeing programmes, and promotion of indigenous sports.
Dr Shanta Thoutam, Chief Innovation Officer of Telangana, said that the TSIC is always vocal about uplifting the youth and making them a part of the innovation ecosystem. The outcomes of the session will be compiled into a comprehensive report that will be presented to the Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports.
Ali Syed, Consultant for Y 20 from RIS, said that youth across the country are organising brainstorming sessions on environment, health, technology 4.0, democracy, and other important issues. These inputs from the youth are taken in developing policy which will be presented at the G-20 proceedings in September.
Some of the ideas shared by young individuals included raising awareness about various health issues among college students, proposing the creation of a friendly Chatbot that serves as a reliable source of information and assistance for any related queries, enhancing physical and mental well-being by promoting the adoption of traditional medicine and yoga, building a community that supports and encourages the practice of yoga, promoting inclusion and diversity in hospitals, and establishing a comprehensive health repository specifically tailored for sportspeople.