Doctor and humanitarian. Believes youth are the catalysts of change, empowering them can lead to positive grassroot level changes.
Dr. Rajan Sankar is Director at The India Nutrition Initiative (TINI) and Senior Advisor for Nutrition at Tata Trusts. Prior to joining the Trusts, Dr. Sankar was country manager, India and Regional Representative, South Asia, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and supported GAIN’s program development and grant management in India. Prior to joining GAIN, Dr. Sankar was a project officer in the Child Development and Nutrition section of UNICEF in India. In 2001, he retired as Colonel from the Indian Army Medical Corps after 24 years of service. He is a graduate in medicine from the University of Madras with a specialisation in internal medicine and endocrinology. He has published over 100 scientific papers in national and international journals.
Dr Sankar writes about how empowering the youth and people at grassroot level can really foster socio as well as economic growth in India, and public-private partnership models. He writes that it is time for both the public and private players to further strengthen partnerships to create inclusive processes and institutions, and also explore unconventional approaches that can stimulate new models of growth.
“Youth have been referred to as the ‘torchbearers’ of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. They have a pivotal role to play - as beneficiaries, partners and participants in its implementation. Indeed, the active engagement of youth is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies.”