In Commemoration of 125th Anniversary of the Inspiring Speech, delivered by Swami Vivekananda at World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai in collaboration with Vivekananda Janoththana Trust conducted a National Workshop on Youth Empowerment on 15th September 2018 at Madras Management Association Chennai. The whole day program consisted of four sections, and in each section, there were speeches by distinguished speakers from various fields – Neuroscience Professionals, Youth Leaders, Academicians, and Adhyatma Practitioners which was followed by a panel discussion. This workshop brought experts in Vedanta and Yoga along with experts in Neuroscience together and engaged them in dialogs whose insights will empower the Indian youth and help in their holistic development. Today the youth of India, even though blessed with the better quality of education than yesteryears, have to go through issues like depression, anger, anxiety, aggression and bullying in family and social settings. The workshop’s goal was to provide solutions to the above problems faced by youth. It was attended by 250 people selected from academia, industry, social service and medical fields – catering to the class and mass.

Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Vice President of Ramakrishna Mission inaugurated with his benedictory address. Professor BN. Gangadhar, Director NIMHANS, Bengaluru presented his paper on ‘Yoga connectedness and NeuroScience’. Professor Gopikrishna Deshpande of Auburn University, USA presented through video conferencing on ‘Moulding Youth Character the Indic way’.

Professors from IIT Madras – Professor Devendra Jalihal from Department of EE, Professor Vijayalakshmi from Management studies had also presented their papers on Indian Youth. Swami Atmapriyananda, Vice-Chancellor of Vivekananda Educational Research Institute and other Monastic members of Ramakrishna Math had also spoken on various topics about the Youth problems and solutions.